Gidea Park offers quick transport links to the city and allows you to enjoy the quiet life when compared to most inner-London areas. Big on residential vibes, The Romford neighbourhood is becoming an increasing presence on the "best places to live in Greater London" lists.
The M25 is just four miles away too, meaning drivers can access vast swathes of the country with relative ease. But it's the public transport links that make Gidea Park stand out from its neighbouring areas, with the introduction of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) only increasing its appeal.
If you're thinking about making the move East, you've come to the right place. In our latest London guide, we're exploring the neighbourhood of Gidea Park. So read on and find out everything there you need to know about the RM2 postcode.
On a map
Gidea Park is a neighbourhood in Romford and forms part of the London Borough of Havering. Neighbouring areas include Romford and Harold Wood, as well as many Essex towns. It's located just over 15 miles from Charing Cross.
History of Gidea Park
The former mayor of London, Thomas Cooke, built a country house called "Geddy Hall", which he held until his death in 1478. The house was passed down to Cooke's son, Anthony, who completed the building and named it Gidea Hall. Once restored, it was sold again, this time to royalty, where it remained until it was sold at public auction shortly before the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Between 1910 and 1911, Romford Garden Suburb was constructed on the Gidea Hall estate as an exhibition to showcase town planning. Cottages and houses were designed by more than 100 architects, with the winner given the green light to create the blueprints for the new town.
As part of the project, a new railway station with connections into London was constructed, along with houses for residents. Today, that area is known as Gidea Park, and many of those initial houses remain as listed buildings.
Who lives there?
Gidea Park has a population of just over 14,000 and a median age of 41. It's known as an area to lay down roots, with many families favouring the neighbourhood for its convenient travel connections, good schools and vast open spaces. Currently, 45% of residents in Gidea Park rent their home.
Renting in Gidea Park
Gidea Park is often referred to as an affluent area of Romford, and there are plenty of quaint cottages, period homes and grand houses. There's also a smattering of new builds, including Clermont Place, which comprises nine stylish four and five-bedroom homes.
One-bedroom properties are few and far between in Gidea Park, but market for around £950 per month when available. A two-bedroom home fetches in the region of £1,200, and three-bedroom house achieves £1,500.
Gidea Park Travel
Gidea Park is well-connected travel-wise, with a mainline train station that offers direct services Liverpool Street in just under thirty minutes. It will also feature a stop on the Elizabeth Line, which will provide direct links to Bond Street, Paddington, and Canary Wharf.
The M25 is just four miles away from Gidea Park. While the M25 is known as one of the more congested motorways, it provides excellent access in and out of London for drivers, including links to Heathrow Airport.
Gidea Park eateries
Experience authentic Turkish cuisine at Kervan Kitchen, which just happens to be one of the best spots in Essex for Mediterranean dishes. Enjoy the freshest ingredients in classic Turkish dishes with a modern twist.
Take the night off from cooking and indulge in a slice of Americana with a takeaway from Smokin' Griddle. All beef is locally sourced and grass-fed, meaning you can enjoy the most succulent prime beef in your patties.
Rocco’s Food & Bar
From handmade pasta to delicious I nostri desserts, a trip to Rocco's offers you the chance to tuck into authentic Italian cuisines. Why not round off your meal with a selection of drinks from the bar?
Things to do in Gidea Park
Located on the border of Gidea Park and Romford, Raphael Park is ideal for a scenic stroll. It features a beautiful lake as its centrepiece, and there's a good-size play area for the little ones.
C atch a flick at Premiere Cinemas, Romford's de facto picturehouse and get cosy with comfortable seating. Enjoy a movie in 4K or 3D while chowing down on a few tasty snacks.
You will find Room Lockdown just under two miles from Gidea Park, though finding it will be the easiest part of your experience. This escape room throws up a number of puzzles and is a great day out for socialising with friends and family.
Moving to Gidea Park
It's not hard to see why so many are making the move to Gidea Park. With large houses, open spaces and excellent travel links the RM2 postcode is fast becoming a prime hotspot in Romford and is well worth your consideration when you're next on the move.