Romford is UK's love capital

Romford has been named the UK's most romantic town - based on new figures from Royal Mail on the number of items posted for Valentine's Day.

Top 13: the UK's 'most romantic towns'

Here is Royal Mail's list of the most romantic towns and post-code areas in the UK.

They are based on an analysis of mail volumes in the run-up to Valentine's Day - comparing the amount of post on the 6th of February with the amount on the 13th - the day before the Feast of St Valentine.

  1. Romford (RM postcodes). 24.44% increase

  2. Ilford (IG postcodes). 24.44% increase

  3. East London (E postcodes). 24.44% increase

  4. Canterbury (CT postcodes). 19.46% increase

  5. Tonbridge (TN postcodes). 19.46% increase

  6. Dartford (DA postcodes). 19.46% increase

  1. Rochester (ME postcodes). 19.46% increase

  2. Hull (HU postcodes). 17.98% increase

  3. Derby (DE postcodes). 16.60% increase

  4. Harrogate (HG postcodes). 15.84% increase

  5. Leeds (LS postcodes). 15.84% increase

  6. Wakefield (WF postcodes). 15.84% increase

  7. Nottingham (NG postcodes). 12.91% increase

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Love is in the air in Romford

Steve Molloy, Royal Mail’s Delivery Director for Essex, said:

“Love is definitely in the air in Romford and across the East London region as our research shows residents are eager to express their love through traditional Valentine’s Day cards. We’re delighted to declare Romford the UK’s ‘Capital of Love’.”

The only woo is Essex?

Feeling Romantic in Romford? Royal Mail has named the town the UK's capital of love. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Romford has been named the UK's 'capital of love', following research on the number of cards posted in the run-up to Valentine's Day.

The Royal Mail says the town's sorting office got the biggest boost in mail volumes ahead of the occasion last year, thanks to the loved-up couples of Essex and East London.

They sent 24.44% more mail on February 13th than on the same day a week earlier, far more than the average nationwide. Elsewhere, the uplift was a decidedly un-romantic 3.43%.

The Romford mail centre processes post from the Romford, Ilford and East London post codes.