Splash the cash at Romford's Mercury Mall
The Mercury Mall in Romford has served the east London town's residents since 1990, and is one of its three major shopping centres, the other two being The Brewery and The Liberty; it is linked to the latter by an underground level. It's also something of an icon in Romford thanks to its glass dome, which often pops up in works by local artists.
Old MacDonald had a farm - Near Romford
After a retail experience at Romford's Mercury Mall, enjoy something more rural at Old MacDonald's Farm & Fun Park, which is a short journey away. It's packed full of amusements and rides, and visitors can get up close to the animal attractions too, which include owls, alpacas, llamas, chipmunks and meerkats.
Dive into Romford's past at Havering Museum
Another short trip from Romford is the Havering Museum, which stands on part of the site of the old Romford Brewery. Its exhibits explore the area's history, and there are free worksheets and trails to complete which should keep young visitors occupied.
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