Living in Stratford London
Seven years after the 2012 Olympics, Stratford is already home to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, West Ham United, the Lee Valley Velopark and the London Aquatics Centre, to name but a few.
So what does living in Stratford London offer its residents?
…excellent transport links
Stratford is one of London’s best-connected neighbourhoods - it only takes seven minutes to get from Stratford International Station to St Pancras on the High Speed Line. And a mere 14 minutes to reach City Airport.
Going elsewhere? Stratford Station gives you the choice of the Jubilee Line, the Central Line and the Docklands Light Railway, while the Overground offers trains to Highbury and Islington. It’s also easy to get to Liverpool Street and, when Crossrail opens, the Elizabeth Line will also stop at Stratford. If you’re commuting into central London, you’re in Zone 2.
Prefer the bus? Best options to get to the city are the D8 to Crossharbour via Canary Wharf and the number 25 to City Thameslink via Aldgate and Bank.
…fantastic new homes
The area is perfect for people who love living in new homes. Loft living is the domain of The Stratford, the arrival of which brought an influx of new residents - including young professionals, students, retirees and even a celebrity or two.
This glamorous 42 storey tower now offers 146 hotel rooms, 248 rental flats and three sky gardens. Residents can order room service and enjoy services such as an in-house dog walker and housekeeping. It also houses an on-site gym, spa and all-day brasserie. At the time of publication, an outdoor terrace and fine dining restaurant were expected to open very soon.
Many family homes are also being built in the area. Importantly, the infrastructure to support their arrival is already in place. Of the three new schools in the area, two have already achieved an “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted, the education watchdog. The third new school has yet to be inspected but it’s clearly a top choice for families living in Stratford London.
The area known as the East Village was originally built to form the Athletes’ Village during the Olympics. It now offers a mix of rental accommodation through agent Get Living. New homes are also being build - the London Legacy Development Corporation expects there to be around 33,000 new homes in the area by 2036.
Five new neighbourhoods are planned around the park to achieve this. Construction has begun on Chobham Manor, which is a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and housing association L&Q. Some new residents have already moved in to the first of the planned 850 new homes. There are plans for a further new homes at East Wick and Sweetwater, the first of which are expected to be available in the middle of 2020. Pudding Mill is yet another new neighbourhood planned around The Greenway pedestrian route.
There are also big changes coming to Stratford Waterfront - it’s expected that 780 new homes and accommodation for students attending London College of Fashion will be created over the next few years. By 2023, the area will have become home to the East Campus of University College London, BBC Music studios, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the V&A East.
…and places to work, rest and play!
Living in Stratford London offers you the best of the city right on your doorstep - the local area is teeming with an eclectic mix of London’s culture, including entertainment, workplaces, homes and sport.
Stretch your legs exploring the 560 acres of parkland at nearby Queen Elizabeth Park, or relax in some of the best cafés, bars and restaurants available in the local area. The most recent addition is The Allegra – a fine dining restaurant, bar and terrace located at The Stratford and open now for walk-ins and bookings.
Visit the home of West Ham and take in one of the tours to find out more about the stadium’s history. Take a cruise on one of the waterways and admire the scenery as you sail past. Get on your bike and try one of the local cycle routes or get your workout at one of the local gyms.
Living in Stratford London really does offer the best of London to all of its residents. Why not give it a go?