As a former Olympic host city, London has a lot to be proud of. While many former host sites around the world enjoyed a few weeks of glory and were then quickly abandoned, the Olympic legacy completely transformed Stratford from one of London’s most deprived areas into a postcode to be proud of.
Following the world class games, we’ve been left with thousands of new homes, an excellent transport infrastructure, a buzzing shopping centre, a huge influx of homebuyers and landscaped parks for all ages to enjoy. We love Stratford and the positive changes have made this area a sought after location for first time buyers enjoying the perks of government-backed schemes such as Help to Buy and Shared Ownership.
The former Athletes Village, now known as East Village, has become home to nearly 6,000 renters and buyers who benefit from great amenities, 35 acres of open spaces, three children’s play areas and are right next door to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With Westfield shopping centre welcoming floods of visitors every day, surrounding areas have been transformed into residential developments and business hubs. The old East End Stratford still remains and while it’s definitely less shiny than the redeveloped areas, it retains a lot of character and a distinct scruffy charm.
If you’re looking for a new home, you can expect a blend of old and new, Victorian and modern. With excellent transport links, Stratford is no longer up and coming, it’s arrived!
Stratford Station (Central line, Jubilee Line, DLR, TfL Rail, London Overground): City 9 minutes approximately. West End 19 minutes approximately.
Stratford International: Fast train to Kings Cross St Pancras.
A number of well connected bus routes
Tina we Salute You: A café come bar, this place first started serving Dalston crowds in 2009. Now located in East Village, their coffee is amazing and their food ain’t half bad either!
Hand: Speciality coffee, Greek inspired food and a super welcoming team.
Let’s Do Brunch:
Signorelli: Anywhere that advertises a ‘cake o’clock’ time, is good for us. Located in East Village, they’ve got personalised brownies and a Gold Medal brunch….yes please!
Breakfast Club: Officially this is actually a Hackney Wick eatery, but it’s so damn good we needed to shout about it. With locations all over London, there’s a reason this place claims they invented breakfast. Eggs-ceptional (yes, that’s the worst pun ever, but when it comes to sunny-side up, scrambled or friend, we’re very serious).
Long Live The Weekend:
Neighbourhood: If you’re after a whole suckling pig or a rotisserie roasted chicken, look no further than this East Village hangout. Owned by a pub company, this laid back space is great for a chilled our afternoon with friends.
Shanes on Canalside: Fresh fish, wild meat and seasonal produce, this place is all about ethical food and flavoursome British fine dining.
Randy's Wing Bar:If wings are your thing, you’ve not lived if you haven’t tried this place. Free range chicken in all the glorious sauces you could imagine.
Gotto Trattoria: Hand rolled pasta with a canal side view. Super... or supper... in fact both!
Wild And Free:
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Haclney Marshes, The River Lea
Roof East: An adventure playground on a roof, for adults with booze. That’s our kind of culture!
ArcelorMittal Orbit: The UK’s tallest sculpture is a symbol of the London 2012 Olympics. Enjoy sweeping London city views from way up high.
Theatre Royal Stratford East: Award-winning theatre with a great selection of performances to keep you entertained.
Ardent Theatre: An inclusive, contemporary and community-focused theatre company.
Here East: Home to established businesses and exciting start-ups, this is an innovative, celebrated and sought after space.
GymBox Stratford: They describe themselves as the “antidote to boring gyms” and with live DJs, combat cages and classes categorised as “Look Better Naked” – we dare you to defy them!
Better Gym East: DJs, Located in East Village, this gym is affordable at under £30 a month and has everything you’d ever want when it comes to cardio machines, weights and classes.
Shop 'Til You Drop:
Westfield: Well we couldn't really not mention it!