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Harold Wood: what's in a name?

Harold Wood sounds more like the name of a person than a place in east London, but it's located in one of the capital's most vibrant areas. It's a largely Victorian settlement built on what was once a large forest owned by King Harold (hence the name). It retained its rural atmosphere until after the First World War when a raft of new housing was built. It's now the site of an NHS polyclinic and a campus of London South Bank University.

Experience rural life Near Harold Wood

Although very much in a busy urban setting, Harold Wood is close to many parks, offering rural experiences to locals and visitors alike. Notable places to check out include Hainault Forest Country Park, Wanstead Flats and Rainham Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve.

Take a trip into the heart of London

The Nearest underground stations to Harold Wood are Elm Park and Hornchurch on the District Line, or visitors can travel into Liverpool Street Station via the suburb's own overground station. From there it's easy to walk to the City of London, the Barbican and Old Spitalfields Market.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Harold Wood? Try Travelodge London Romford The Quadrant Hotel, Travelodge Cheshunt Hotel or Travelodge Enfield Hotel.