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Hornchurch is a large suburban town in northeast London, Essex and part of the London Borough of Havering [1].


The badge of Hornchurch

Hornchurch is located 15.2 mi (24.5 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross and is one of the locally important district centres identified in the London Plan [2]. It comprises a number of shopping streets and a large residential area. It historically formed a large ancient parish in the county of Essex [3] 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 a 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. It has formed part of Greater London since 1965.

Get in[edit]

Hornchurch Area

By tube

  • Upminster Bridge tube station is located just within its eastern boundary.
  • Hornchurch tube station is located about a half-mile south of the high street.
  • Elm Park tube station is about a mile and a half to the south west.

By train

  • Emerson Park railway station is located about a half-mile to the north.
  • The nearest main line railway station is at Upminster.

By bus

  • Hornchurch is served by the following Transport for London[4] contracted London Bus routes: 165, 193, 248, 252, 256, 365, 370 and 372.

By car

  • Hornchurch is served by M25 Motorway.

Get around[edit]

St.Andrew's church

Hornchurch centre itself is relatively small with everything within walking distance, however, there are regular buses that will take you all around Hornchuch both during the day and night. Buses and the London Underground offer transport to nearby towns and to central London.

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Historic sites[edit]

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  • Hornchurch Airfield[5]in 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 because of the expansion of the Royal Air Force, and it reopened 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.


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  • The Queen's Theatre[6], 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.

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Sporting Venues[edit]

  • Hornchurch Sports Centre [7] Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road RM111JU . You can find several activities like: swimming pool [8], squash courts, cricket [9] and gym.
  • AFC Hornchurch[10] are a non-League football team. They play at Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue, Upminster - also home to an athletics club.
  • Brentwood Park with its dry ski slope[11], go-karting[12], golfing range[13] and fitness gym. It's 10 mins away by car.

Parks and activities[edit]

Part of the Hornchurch Country Park, the lake.
  • Hornchurch Country Park[14] is a park on the former site of Hornchurch Airfield[15], 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. The park can be very easily accessed by the #256 bus, and the main visitor centre of the country park is only a short walk from the bus stop.

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Hornchurch has fantastic shopping for its size. All the major stores are based in the High Street area. Good shops and great places to eat and drink are sure to make this a pleasant shopping trip.

If that doesn not satisfy your consumerist needs: Bluewater shopping complex[16], the largest shopping centre in Europe, approximately 15-20 min by car or bus.

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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.

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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.


Sutton Arms • 14 Station Lane

JJ Moon's • 46-62 High Street

OJ's • 62-64 High Street

The Kings Head • 189 High Street

The White Hart • 168 High Street


French's Café • 3 North Street

Station Café • 164 Station Lane

Breakfast & Afternoon Tea

Devonshire Hotel • 94 Station Lane

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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[17] • 94 Station Lane, RM12 6LX Hornchurch, North-East London, Essex +44 1708 440088 (). 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



Hornchurch's area code (for landline numbers) is 01708 when dialed from within the UK or +44 1708 from outside the UK.


There are several places that offer web and other internet access. There are also lots of cafes, pubs and bars with free WiFi internet.

Stay safe[edit]

As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for ambulance, fire or police when you are connected.

Hornchurch Police Station • 74 Station Lane Hornchurch Essex • Tel: 01708-443012

St Georges Hospital • 117 Suttons Lane Hornchurch Essex RM12 6RS • Tel: 01708-465000

Get out[edit]

Take a train or tube to enjoy the faster pace and greater cultural diversity of London.

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