The most searched things on Google about Romford in the last year
PUBLISHED: 16:25 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:25 21 March 2019
In the last twelve months people have been busy Googling away about Romford, and according to the world’s biggest search engine these are the most popular trending topics.
Everything from nightclubs and restaurants opening, to ice skating and which is the best Travelodge to stay in, are among some of the trending topics, and here are the top ones.
In July last year the doors to Atik in Havana Close opened for the first time, and has according to Google been the most searched for term over the last 12 months.
Previously popular nightclub Fiction, it was time for change in Romford town centre, and since it opened there have been a number of stars, including Jack Finchley and Adam Collard from Love Island who paid the club a visit.
Before opening at the end of July the Recorder went for an exclusive first look inside.
One of the most read stories in the last year was the tragic murder of 85-year-old Rosina Coleman who was beaten to death by handyman Paul Prause.
Prause, 65, attacked the former seamstress at her home in Ashmour Gardens and stole her diamond ring.
In November last year he was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison.
Back in July last year, next door to the popular TGI Friday’s in The Brewery shopping centre, a brand new pizza restaurant, MOD Pizza opened its doors and handed out free pizza to its first 50 customers.
Searches for the restaurant peaked in November, and after tasting their pepperoni pizza we understand why.
July was a good month for restaurant openings in Romford, as the long awaited arrival of TGI Friday’s was finally announced.
The popular American restaurant chain opened its first branch in the borough at one of the 6,000sq ft units along the walkway in The Brewery, where shops including TK Maxx and Metro Bank are based.
Work on the site - which was previously occupied by Thomas Cook - had been ben taking place for more than a year, transforming the empty unit into the much-loved restaurant.
At the start of last year former TOWIE hotspot the Brickyard in South Street announced on social media that it would be closing immediately, and then as when all popular restaurants close, speculation started as to what was going to takeover.
In March Smokey’s Shack opened on the site, but closed just a few days later for a quick kitchen refurbishment.
It has since re-opened, and its ribs and big burgers have been receiving five-star reviews ever since.
Whether they were looking for the latest signing, or checking up on the score from the weekend, fans of ice-hockey team London Raiders (previously Romford Raiders) have got the team trending on Google, as they appeared in the top 10 searches.
The Raiders have been playing their home fixtures at the new £25m Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre in the town centre, and this weekend they face Bracknell Bees in the first round of the playoffs, following their fifth place overall finish in the National League South One this season.
To see the latest Google trends, and what people are searching for in Romford go to the Google Trends website.
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