Stratford Area Guide
Stratford in three words
Modern, connected, convenient.
The benefits of working in Stratford
Twenty years ago, Stratford was home to factories, old industrial sites and residential enclaves. The whole area showed the legacy of the Docklands shipping trade, which has slowly declined since the 1960s. However, when the UK won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, the area’s regeneration sped up at an incredible rate. There have been some extraordinary developments including high rise luxury accommodation, hotels and lots of business premises. Following the success of the games, it has become one of the most desirable business districts in London. Many of the Olympic venues have been retained as sporting locations and the Athletes Village has become a huge residential site.
The well-connected train station connects via several different London Underground lines to the rest of London. You can reach the city and financial districts in five minutes, or take a short trip on the Docklands Light Railway to reach Canary Wharf. Stratford International can even take you into Europe, with regular Eurostar trains travelling through.
Of course, one thing more than any other has made Stratford a hugely popular London location for businesses. Stratford Westfield covers nearly 2 million square feet, and is the fourth largest shopping centre in the UK. It’s so big it merited the creation of a brand new postcode district when it opened, just prior to the Olympic Games in 2011. There is all manner of fashion, homeware, jewellery and gift shops – and even an Ikea pick up point, so you can pick up your flat pack furniture in a hurry!
The best places to eat in Stratford
There are plenty of cheap and convenient places to eat in the Westfield Centre – with popular chains like Las Iguanas, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and TGI Fridays. However, the area is also home to some more interesting and unusual eateries.
Situated to the west of the Olympic Park area, Barge East is a 100-tonne barge that offers a fantastic seasonal menu. Check out their amazing Sunday roast, made with lots of vegetables freshly picked from their nearby raised vegetable beds.
More than just a chippie, Fish House offers a great choice of fish and seafood dishes, you can eat in or enjoy a takeaway. As well as impressive portion sizes, the restaurant also gets rave reviews for its friendly service and beautiful decor.
The best places to go for a drink in Stratford
Right in the heart of the East Village, this lovely restaurant and bar has a great selection of food, but an even more impressive choice of wines and cocktails. With the alfresco option of enjoying their outside seating area, it is popular with patrons all year round.
The Bat and Ball
A popular choice for work parties and events, this is more than just a drinking hole. Things are sure to get competitive, as you rally around the ping pong tables whilst enjoying a pint or two. Book ahead for big parties!