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From the beaches of Essex to the star turns of the capital, organising car rental in Romford lets you explore at your leisure...
Around 15 miles north east of London, Romford is a lively and developed town with a wealth of amenities. It is an extremely well-connected area, with fast and easy access on to the city's orbital motorway, the M25. This means that you can be away from Greater London in just minutes and accessing some of the more natural beauty spots of England's south east.
Dotted with pleasant and green open spaces, Romford is a nice place to spend some time. It has a well-established shopping scene, with a few good centres crammed with stores, plus the age-old Romford Market, which has been serving the needs of local traders and customers for some 750 years. It started life as a sheep market, though these days you can pick up just about everything you need in terms of household goods, clothing and accessories (no sheep). It opens every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Move through the crowds to reach the area underneath the Tollgate House Clock Tower, which usually hosts some kind of street entertainment.
Romford is part of the London Borough of Havering and you can find out more about the area's history and traditions at the Havering Museum, which sits in the former site of the Romford Brewery. There's a theatre in Romford, the Brookside Theatre, and another - the Queen's Theatre - just a 10-minute drive away in the town of Hornchurch.
Pre-booking car hire is likely to save you money and ensure that you get your preferred vehicle type. You can see a range of great value deals when you enter your requirements into the search tool on TravelSupermarket. There are convenient downtown locations from which you can collect your car.
When you book car hire, Romford becomes a great base from which to see more of the south east...
If all that shopping in Romford has given you the urge to splurge, consider making the half-hour journey via the M25 to the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, one of Europe's leading retail destinations. It is packed to the rafters with fashion and food outlets, as well as a great range of family attractions, such as a cinema and a pirate-themed adventure park.
Of course the capital has more than its fair share of shops too, including world-famous department stores such as Harrods, Hamleys, Fortnum & Mason, and Harvey Nichols. There are also dozens of terrific museums, art galleries, tourist attractions, beautiful parks and iconic monuments that never escape the attentions and camera lenses of eager visitors. From Romford, you can drive into central London if you wish in around 35 minutes, though most visitors prefer the speed and ease of using public transport to get around once in the capital.
To the east of Romford is the county of Essex, where splendid seaside towns draw crowds when the sun makes an appearance. Southend-on-Sea is the best known and one of the nearest coastal resorts to Romford and visitors can be sniffing that sea breeze within just 40 minutes of leaving the town. See the longest pleasure pier in the world and, of course, you must tuck into some local fish and chips to truly live the British seaside experience.