Charles Church


Rainham has got several sides to it, making it a very balanced place to live, with easy access into the capital and into the countryside. It’s one of East London’s popular suburbs and it’s also got a foot in Essex. It’s got past and present, with a historic village centre, at the same time as being in the forward-facing London Riverside area of the Thames Gateway redevelopment scheme.

There’s a lovely old high street in the conservation area and plenty of green space around the town, making it a good residential environment for families - and it's commercial, making it a good location for business. You can catch a train in one direction into central London and in the other direction, to the coast at Southend on Sea. Choosing a new home here offers something for everyone.

Living in Rainham

Living here

As well as the independent shops for a browse, for convenience there’s a Tesco Express in the centre, backed up by a Tesco Superstore on the way to Upminster. If you want everything in one place, under one roof, the Lakeside Shopping Centre at Grays is one of the largest in the UK. Make it a day out as there are riverside restaurants and a cinema there too. Just across the Thames at Greenhithe, the Bluewater Shopping Centre is an experience in its own right!

Travel plans

The A13 is the key route west into the capital via Dagenham. To the east, it takes you all the way to Basildon via Grays. There’s a good link to the M25 if you join the A282 at Purfleet, and that route also connects you with the A12 for Chelmsford, Colchester, and northeast Essex. Rainham is in Zone 6 of the Oyster Zone, on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line. Trains into the city take approximately 25 minutes. It’s just 10 miles to London City Airport where there are 45 destinations to choose from.

Green spaces

There are some lovely open spaces in and around Rainham for you all to enjoy. Spring Farm Park, Ingrebourne Hill Country Park and RSPB Rainham Marshes are local favourites. The Belhus Woods Country Park includes woodland, a play area, meadows and lakes within its 300-acre site.