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RentSquare: Stratford Area Guide

Posted by Cedric Fauq on 13/04/2017
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Stratford is a district of Newham’s borough in East London which has seen huge   changes in the past few years. The  area was the hub of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games with, at its heart, the newly built Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which took as its basis already existing green spaces and parks in the area. The area’s proximity to the heart of London and its financial districts make it an obvious choice for young professionals and families. The forthcoming establishment of UCL East Campus, the University of the Arts and branches of the V&A and Sadler’s Wells, part of a wider scheme to turn Stratford into a major cultural and education district, will make the area a destination of choice, without forgetting its local character.

Transport

Stratford station is only a few minutes away from the city center with trains going straight to Liverpool Street and the Jubilee and Central Lines bringing you to Oxford Circus or London Bridge in no time. The DLR also makes Stratford close to the Financial District (Canary Wharf). For keen cyclists, the flat is located on the the CS2 Superhighway Stratford to Aldgate route. Another plus is Stratford International, which you can use to go to Kent and enjoy weekends on the seaside in Margate or Dover.

Did you know?

In 2016, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park won the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize, awarding the Hargreaves Associates architects for the design of « greenest games » in history and the largest new park ever created since 150 years in Europe. Putting the River Lea at the core of the park, it encompasses a many different spaces among which the northern environmental park and the southern festival park which are good for long walks, running or open space enthusiasts ???

Foodies

Westfield Stratford will offer you a variety of choices when it comes to enjoy a good meal: Cabania Brasilian Barbecue will make you travel the world while Bumpkin will provide you with authentic english food. If you are vegetarian and enjoy Indian food, you should definitely go for Ronak. Finally, for a special occasion, know that Vegan Sweet Tooth makes homemade organic and vegan delicious cakes!

Check out

The park offers an incredible amount of activities you can enjoy with friends, families, or alone. If you are into arts, note that Anish Kapoor’s monumental sculpture is not the only one –  a lot of other commissions are scattered, and it includes sound works, neons and sculptures. Further down Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, towards Hackney Wick, is a great art center focused on the intersection between art and technology: The White Building.

If also into sports Stratford is the perfect place to be: you will be close to the London Aquatics Center, designed by Zaha Hadid, the Copper Box Arena and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The VeloPark is also a not-to-miss experience. The Stratford Circus Arts Centre is also good for children to learn the foundation of acrobatics and dance from a very early age.

For other green spaces and parks, Newham City Farm, Abbey Gardens and West Ham Lane park are also close to Stratford.