Romford is often held to be in Essex, though it is technically part of the London borough of Havering. It is in London Transport Zone 6. A market town since 1247, Romford now boasts the largest market in east London, with more than 200 stalls. Celebrated Romford figures include the infamous Colonel Thomas Blood, who in 1671, attempted to steal the crown jewels.
Around 88,000 people live in Romford. It is served by the Liberty shopping centre which offers over 100 top name shops, as well as the Brewery development, which in addition to shops, has bowling lanes and a 16-screen cinema.
Local attractions include the Romford Ice Arena, the Greyhound Stadium and a wide range of restaurants, bars and clubs. Romford's vibrant nightlife provides much local employment, as do its commercial, retail and office services.