Hornchurch is located 15.2 miles (24.5 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross and is one of the locally important district centres identified in the London Plan. It comprises a number of shopping streets and a large residential area. It historically formed a large ancient parish in the county of Essex that became the Liberty of Havering.
The economic history of Hornchurch is underpinned by a shift away from agriculture to other industries and the growing significance of nearby Romford as a market town and centre of administration. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Hornchurch significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming an urban district in 1926 and has formed part of Greater London since 1965.
Hornchurch centre itself is relatively small with everything within walking distance, however, there are regular busses which will take you all around hornchuch both during the day and night. Busses and the London Underground offer transport to nearby towns and central London.
Hornchurch Airfieldin the south of Hornchurch, known as Sutton's Farm during the First World War, it occupied 90 acres (360,000 m2) of the farm of the same name and was situated 14 miles (22.5 km) east north-east of Charing Cross. Although the airfield closed shortly after the end of World War I, the land was requisitioned in 1923 due to the expansion of the Royal Air Force and it re-opened as a much larger fighter station in 1928. The airfield was ideally located in bomb alley to cover both London and the Thames corridor from German air attacks. It was a key air force installation between both wars and in to the jet age, closing in 1962.
The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch is a 500-seat theatre. The theatre opened in its current purpose-built site on Billet Lane, Hornchurch in 1975. From 1953 to 1975 the theatre had occupied a converted, and for some time derelict, cinema on Station Lane. The theatre originally opened in the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II and its name reflects this. The Arts Council of England provide funding for the theatre and it is also a registered charity. The Queen's is home to cut to the chase... a resident company of actor musicians who appear in seven main house productions and a pantomime as well as appearing in Theatre in Education tours.
Hornchurch Country Park is a park on the former site of Hornchurch Airfield, south of Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, east London. The River Ingrebourne passes through the park and if forms part of Thames Chase Community Forest. The most popular part of the park is to the west of the Ingreborne, where the ground is flat and paved; this area is most commonly frequented by dog walkers. The woodland to the east of the river is somewhat inaccessible, though not vast enough to be considered suitable by many hikers. Some southern parts of the park that reach into Rainham have been used as landfill. There is a fishing lake located there, and there are many paths leading from the park to other near by areas, including Upminster, Dagenham and Rainham. There are a number of pillboxes and other items dating from the Second World War to be found in the park.
There are lots of places to eat in and around Hornchurch, and a good way to find one is simply to keep your eyes open as you visit. The town has a good choice of restaurants, pubs that serve food, and take-aways.
Hornchurch offers an unusual number of places for eat and drink for its size, there is something to suit everyone and every budget. Choose from well known names such as Nandos, ZiZi, Wildwood and Ask, or visit one of the many privately owned restaurants which range from Thai to authentic Italian. There are also several pubs in Hornchurch which serve food until late.
Hornchurch has a lot of old-fashioned or modern English pubs, with beer at around £2 - £3 a pint.
You shouldn't have any problem finding somewhere to get a drink or a nice coffee/tea.
Most bars and pubs are situated on High Street area.
There are just two hotels in Hornchurch:a new boutique hotel called Devonshire Hotel, located nearby the centre at just 2 minutes from the High Street and from the main tube stations; and another one called Palm Hotel, located at the border of the town, close to the M25 Motorway.
Devonshire Hotel • 94 Station Lane, RM12 6LX Hornchurch, North-East London, Essex ☎ +44 1708 440088 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Opened in 2011, it is a family-run boutique hotel with free wi-fi & secure parking. Some rooms have been adapted to allow for easier access. Breakfast & homemade snacks available. Traditional Afternoon Tea available. Gluten, dairy and soy free afternoon tea available upon request.
Palm Hotel • Southend Arterial Road, Hornchurch, North-East London Essex