The London Borough of Havering is a London borough in East London, England and forms a part of Outer London. The London Borough of Havering was created in 1965 by the combined former area of the Municipal Borough of Romford and Hornchurch Urban District which had been transferred to Greater London from Essex by the London Government Act 1963. The name Havering is a reference towards the Royal Liberty of Havering which occupied the location for many centuries. The local authority is Havering London Borough Council.
The principal town in Havering is Romford and the other primary communities are Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham. Havering is bordered to the south by the London Borough of Bexley by the River Thames, to the west by the London Borough of Redbridge along with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and to the north and east by Essex. The borough is mostly characterised by suburban improvement with large areas of protected open space. Havering covers a total area of 43.35 square miles. There is a high ratio of area per capita as large parts of Havering are parkland and 23 square miles (60 km2), which is over 50% of the borough, is Metropolitan Green Belt protected land. Those locations of development are in depth but seldom intensive.
Romford's urban centre is a big metropolitan retail and evening entertainment centre and towards the south the borough extends into the London Riverside redevelopment part of the Thames Gateway. Havering is served by the London Underground and there is an substantial network of London Bus routes.