A hotbed of regeneration has taken hold of this East London neighbourhood
"The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been a fantastic addition to Stratford, putting our area on the map!"Joshua Mugume
"The continued regeneration of the East of London since the Olympic games make Stratford a clever choice for homeowners wanting to purchase in the right spot, at the right time..."Joshua Mugume
"'Robert' the steam engine was restored for the 2012 Olympics and has become a permanent fixture outside Stratford Station."Joshua Mugume
Where do Stratford locals go?
ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
On the doorstep of Victoria Park and Stratford within the Olympic Park - the world's tallest tunnel slide. Not your average Helter Skelter and not for the faint hearted!
Submitted by Daren
London Aquatics Centre
London Aquatics Centre is the most technologically advanced and stunning swimming facility in the world and part of the 2012 London Olympic legacy.
Submitted by Simon
A Shorditch-y looking bar on Stratford's High Street next to the water. If you want to have a drink with friends where you can actually hear them talk, this is the place!
Submitted by Martin
Pound for pound the best Caribbean food in the area and great value for money!
Submitted by Oliver
A fashionable pub serving craft beers and food from breakfast through to dinner.
Submitted by Simon
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The perfect place to play outdoor games with kids or friends, have a romantic picnic or for a good cardio workout - amazing scenery of both nature and modern architecture.
Submitted by Gerald
Fantastic addition to the multitude of independent stores and restaurants in E20, an area that is fast becoming the snazziest place in East London. You won't regret dropping in for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
Submitted by Oliver
The Pie Crust Cafe
A family business, absolutely delicious Thai food and great prices.
Submitted by Gintare
Traditional fish and chips and authentic pizza served in this Italian family-run takeaway.
Submitted by Charlotte
The ArcelorMittal Orbit
Britain's largest piece of art, you can buy tickets to go up and view London from the top, as well as abseil down and hire it out for private events.
Submitted by Simon
Authentic Sardinian food. The perfect hidden restaurant - although it recently got 5 stars and a whole page in The Evening Standard so now everyone knows about it!
Submitted by Sally-Anne
Cafe du Metro
Fresh pastries and amazing cakes, as well as great customer service.
Submitted by Gintare
Why do you find Stratford a great place to live?
"Stratford has a very good transport (underground, DLR and buses). You have a great selection of shops (Westfield shopping centre). You also benefit from Olympic sports center. Finally, there are recreation grounds nearby – Victoria Park."
"Stratford has seen an abundance of change in a short time. The corner stone of the East end it now truly unites what was once a typical east end town with the rest of the city and even Europe Thanks to it's unrivalled transport connections. However, despite the growth of mega residential towers attracting the city slicker you know you'll have a neighbour who can point you to a market trader selling fresh produce at com... more
"Stratford is a vibrant and diverse place to live. With the Westfield shopping centre on your door step, the old Stratford Shopping Centre just across the way from that, and Stratford Highest a couple of minutes walk from there, there is nothing that you can't find in Stratford. And what's not to love about living where the Olympics was held?! Great travel connections into and out of Central London. Stratford is fast be... more
"Inspiring, rich in culture diversity, with green spaces for all to enjoy, Stratford and surrounding areas, make a great combination of opportunities for living, working, studying and relaxing. It offers one of the biggest shopping centre in London with generous parking space. Great active leisure in the nearby Olympic Leisure Centre at the Olympic Park, with beautifully designed serene spaces by the river, children's playg... more
"Stratford is vibrant, well established with new properties, fantastic transport links to all over London. A fantastic Olympic Park and facilities with ongoing all year round events. Sports and social activities at your finger tips. And importantly a great vibe in the Westfield shopping centre with a unique allure of restaurants, casino, bowling and cinema. This is London's new hub of modern day living and a fresh approach ... more
"There will be a gold rush in Stratford / West Ham Park and Plaistow in the next five to ten years as property prices are so cheap at the moment. There is some lovely housing stock waiting to be discovered! These low prices won't last as Stratford and the surrounding areas become property hot spots."
"Property is cheap and the area is going to enjoy a boom over the next 5 years"
"West Ham, Plaistow and Stratford are all great areas to invest in property. It is so cheap at the moment but you can tell it won't last. There are some lovely Victorian houses and terraces in these areas that are just waiting to be developed! But they won't be around forever! Now is the time to get in and buy!!!"
What do you like about Stratford?
Did you know?
"Maryland is one of the few places to be named after its counterpart in the US, rather than the other way around. The land was bought by a merchant returning from Maryland in the colonies."
Child-friendly activities near Stratford
Baby DanceStratford Circus
This popular class provides babies with a movement, sensory, rhythmical experience in a playful environment supported by their parent or carer. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Website
NCT Movers & CruisersSpace,
Movers and Cruisers is a parent / carer and baby group for mobile babies and toddlers. Every week we meet up, normally on a Thursday morning, and head somewhere so our children can romp about and let off steam (and we can chat and catch up). Website
Toddler Jam-Music and MovementStratford Circus,
Calling all toddler musicians and their grown ups! Nori, on the guitar, will take you on a journey through the world of music from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Twist & Shout. This music and movement session includes dancing and jamming to child-friendly versions of reggae, folk, pop, rock 'n' roll and world music classics. It's slightly alternative, slightly crazy and completely energetic! Come along and join in the fun! Website
Once There Was, The Wonderful World of Oliver JeffersDiscover Children’s Story Centre,
Explore Oliver Jeffers' magical worlds in an interactive exhibition bringing his fabulous picture books to life. Play in your favourite scenes from How to Catch a Star, Up and Down, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home. Take a trip to the seaside, row a boat, make friends with a penguin, and listen to a story. Website
The Rabbit HoleThe Rabbit Hole
The magic of Alice in Wonderland has arrived in Lincoln in the form of a new tea room in Lincoln. Expect to find the beloved characters from the novel painted on the walls with creative décor throughout and a range of food and drink based around the book!
Glee ClubStratford Circus,
If you love acting, singing and performing, this club is for you and all levels of experience are welcome. Glee Club members take part in singing and songwriting workshops, dance master-classes, drama games and exercises, and create their very own productions and sharings for friends and family to enjoy. Website
London Aquatics CentreLondon Aquatics Centre,
Starting your children on swimming lessons as early as possible can be of great benefit, at the London Aquatics Centre, under the ASA Ducking Awards course we offer lesson starting at 3 month to 5 years old. This course is designed to help babies, toddlers and young swimmers become familiar with the water and begin to learn to swim. Website
Stratford is a district in northeast London and part of the London Borough of Newham. It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) east northeast of Charing Cross. As part of the growth of London in the late 19th century, Stratford significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming the centre of administration of the Borough of West Ham in 1886 and it has formed part of Greater London since 1965. The more recent economic history is underpinned by a move away from railway works and heavy industry towards becoming a significant commercial and cultural centre. Stratford is adjacent to the London Olympic Park and is currently experiencing regeneration and expansion linked to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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