This great independent local bottle shop stocks an impressive selection of eclectic wines from around the world. Regular wine tasting events are hosted at the shop, but there are always 16 wines to sample at any time using the Enomatic tasting machines.
Open every Sunday from ‘8am ‘til 3’ish’ this famous flower market fills this London street with colour with every type of flower imaginable from small bedding plants to trees. Columbia Road is also home to 60 independent shops selling everything from jewellery to vintage as well as art galleries, delis and restaurants.
This historic street market is open seven days a week and specialises in African, African-Caribbean and Asian foods including fresh fruit and vegetables and herbs and spices. The market comprises 80 stalls and 60 local shops and also offers toys, flowers and household goods.
Roman Road Market
This lively street market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and is the place to go to pick up fashion and accessories at bargain prices. Super Saturday takes place every week throughout the summer and showcases the best in crafts, home and garden, antiques, food, fashion and books against a backdrop of street performers from jugglers to stilt-walkers. There is a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month.
The Ginger Pig
Established over 20 years ago, The Ginger Pig has built up an excellent reputation for its quality meats and ethical philosophy. The shop on Lauriston Road sells meat and poultry, pies and scotch eggs, hot sausage rolls and a range of 30 homemade chutneys including rhubarb and ginger jam and piccalilli.
The Stratford Centre
A popular shopping destination for stocking up on everyday essentials, this mall comprises 62 stores including WHSmith, New Look, Boots the Chemist, Sainsbury’s and H. Samuel, as well as a selection of fast-food outlets and coffee shop chains. There is also a market open Monday to Saturday.
Walthamstow Market is the longest outdoor street market in Europe and sells an abundance of food, clothes and household goods. Numerous cafés and stalls serve up food to eat on the go with everything from Caribbean fare to pie and mash and jellied eels on offer.
Westfield Stratford City
This impressive urban shopping centre is one of the largest in Europe and has been a key feature in the regeneration of the local area.
Set over three floors, Westfield has become the go-to destination for shopping offering many of the popular designer and lifestyle brands from jewellery and fashion through to sportswear and home furnishings. Marks & Spencer and John Lewis are the centre’s two anchor stores, showcasing brands and ranges that are exclusive to Westfield. Such is the prestige of Westfield Stratford City that many brands have actively sought out retail space here. David’s Bridal, America’s leading wedding retailer, has opted to open its UK flagship store here, selling its vast range of affordable wedding gowns and occasion wear. It’s not just the shopping that makes Westfield such an exciting place to visit, dining out features highly here with an abundance of restaurants and cafés serving food from all four corners of the world. Restaurants are scattered throughout the site and a concentration of eateries can be found in the World Food Court and The Great Eastern Market.
Authentically decorated and with food to match this Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant is a popular neighbourhood ‘gem’ and is particularly renowned for its cous cous. The restaurant caters for special events and the restaurant, terrace and garden can be hired out for parties.
Formans Restaurant & Bar
Formans was established in 1905 and continues to be a family-run business. The restaurant serves its world famous London Cure smoked salmon as well as other seasonal British food such as warm smoked eel fillets and Cornish brill with buttered brown shrimps. Voted as having the best view of the London Stadium by a popular British newspaper the restaurant also features a viewing gallery into the smokery.
Franco Manca is one of London’s leading pizzerias serving up authentic Nepalese wood- fired sourdough pizzas to a discerning crowd.
The popularity of this pizza joint is such that tables can’t be booked and turnover is rapid so this is not the place to linger over a bottle of wine. Takeaway is available.
Jamie Oliver’s successful chain of family- friendly Italian restaurants combines traditional favourites with his signature twists. Try the polenta chips and sharing planks overflowing with a selection of salads, pickles, cheeses and cured meats.
Based at Canalside, Mother offers a living space to hang out, feel good and eat well. Their seasonal menus are produced using locally sourced, fresh ingredients to create dishes that leave you feeling happier and healthier. If you are seeking a health boost or a rare place to indulge in vegan food, their soups, snacks and smoothies are sure to satisfy.
Bakery by day and eatery by night, Signorelli is an impressive artisan bakery specialising in nutritious baked goods using long forgotten flours and traditional methods. Bread is baked daily plus the café serves up weekend brunches and tempting tasting platters in the evening, alongside Prosecco cocktails and bottled beer.
The Breakfast Club
Not just for breakfast, this well-loved restaurant chain also serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. The food is eclectic and not the usual eggs and bacon fare, expect dishes like artichoke and sun blush tomato hash and huevos rancheros. The perfect way to start the day.
The Crate Brewery
Crate is Hackney Wick’s first craft brewery producing a range of five beers, Crate Lager, Golden Ale, India Pale Ale, Best Bitter and Crate Stout, the latter recently voted best beer at the Leyton Orient Beer Festival. The Craft brewery serves up its own beers as well as other craft beers and also a selection of stone baked pizzas to nibble alongside your pint.
The Westbridge Hotel
This stylish boutique hotel is located in the heart of Stratford’s shopping and leisure district and provides a range of accommodation from suites to standard double rooms. The hotel coffee house serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the perfect place to meet friends or unwind after a busy day.
Tina, We Salute You
The perfect venue for a delicious brunch, choose from a tempting menu which includes tasty bacon, bubble and cheddar buttys, avocado served with lime and chilli and American-style pancakes. Regular kitchen residencies take place here, recent events include Taco Dave and DAWG.
KING EDWARD VII
The King Eddie is a traditional 19th century British pub and retains much of its original character and features including tiled walls and open fireplaces. The pub serves a wide range of unusual British beers and the food menu offers pub classics such as sausage and mash to more modern dishes like salt and pepper squid.
Leyton Technical is located in the old Town Hall, which is only a couple of hundred yards down the road from Leyton Underground station on the High Road. It offers an extensive range of Cask Marque real ales on eight hand pumps, real cider, a selection of bottled craft beers, seven premium lagers and a wide array of wines and spirits, as well as home-made hot and cold bar snacks.
SKY BAR AT ASPERS
This glamorous bar has an open roof terrace and offers unbeatable views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond. The drinks list is extensive and includes fine wines, premium champagnes and a selection of classic and signature cocktails.
This is a great place to relax with a drink before a show or to spend a night with friends sampling the award-winning Caribbean food and the live events and DJs that are a regular fixture. All bar events are free and there is a happy hour on food and drink every day between 5pm and 6.30pm.
THE RED LION
The emphasis is on the beer at this friendly neighbourhood pub, with ale from local, regional and micro breweries showcased here. 10 handpumps serve up beers from the UK and then there is an extensive range of craft beer from around the world. The pub also boasts one of the largest pub gardens in Leytonstone. Free cinema every Tuesday night!
More than just a pub, The Lauriston offers a varied programme of events from live music on Sundays to a weekly karaoke session. Renowned for its homemade stone baked pizzas, it also runs the ‘Lauriston Pizza in the Park’ delivery service on the weekend and Bank holidays (weather permitting), collecting orders from visitors in the park and then delivering the pizzas on the deli bike.
THE RAILWAY TAVERN
This traditional British pub has been run by the same family for four decades and is a favourite with the locals. The restaurant serves up homemade food with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and a recent refurbishment has seen the addition of a 9-bedroom hotel.
This modern British pub is the perfect place to unwind with a drink whilst enjoying the impressive views of the London Stadium. The food menu offers a broad choice of dishes from roast duck to lobster sandwiches as well as a roast on Sundays.
Bow Arts is a community engagement enterprise for local artists and operates through a number of sites. Its studios at Bow Road and Taylor Place contribute to nurturing local talent by providing affordable workspace for artists. The annual summer Bow Arts Open provides a platform for the 400-strong artist community to showcase and sell their work. Visit Bow Arts contemporary gallery space, The Nunnery, which regularly holds events and exhibitions and then enjoy a cup of coffee afterwards at the gallery’s Carmelite Café.
This thriving independent bookshop has been trading for 35 years and has a loyal base of customers. The shop stocks a variety of titles but specialises in literary and academic books, plus half the shop is dedicated to children’s books.
Elevator Gallery was set up in 2007. As of 2012, the gallery has been on location at various venues around London. The gallery is committed to exhibiting artists at all stages of their career. The curators are especially interested in transgressive and thought–provoking work. Besides regular exhibitions of contemporary art, the gallery has a varied programme of live art, cinema and musical events.
The Picturehouse is a luxury 4-screen cinema showing the latest big releases as well as British and international art-house films and children’s films. The bar is a great place to spend time either before or after the film to enjoy a coffee or a glass of the locally brewed Meantime Pale Ale or Wheat Beer.
ROSETTA ART CENTRE
The Rosetta Art Centre offers various initiatives to encourage community engagement and has been a key player in ensuring that art and culture has been at the forefront of the regeneration of Stratford. The Centre’s varied programme of events caters for all sections of society from local artists to school children and includes the Children’s Saturday Art School and exhibitions at its flagship gallery space, the Rosetta Windows Gallery.
Stour Space is a socially minded project offering part-subsidised work studios for local artists and enterprises to enable them to develop and grow their business. Alongside the studios, the gallery hosts regular exhibitions, a monthly designer market and has recently opened SHOP selling exclusive one-off pieces from resident artists, including jewellery, sculpture and photography.
THE CRE8 STUDIO
This versatile venue within a historic Art Deco building is a film and photography studio and it also regularly hosts events from pop up art exhibitions to a Christmas market. The on-site café serves a tempting selection of cakes, teas and coffees, which can be eaten in the pretty community gardens.
THE THEATRE ROYAL
The Theatre Royal plays a key role in Stratford’s arts scene and has been producing ‘plays for the people’ since it began in 1884 and is renowned for championing new writers and plays. Originally home to Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, this is the place that debuted ‘A Taste of Honey’ in 1958 by Shelagh Delaney, a play that was later adapted into an award-winning film and also ‘Oh, What A Lovely War!’ The compelling bestseller ‘Room’ and musical ‘Tommy’ are on stage in 2017.
THE YARD THEATRE
A contemporary 130-seat theatre venue made from recycled materials, with the emphasis on showcasing diverse and eclectic productions. The Yard’s highly regarded bar and kitchen runs an innovative programme of chef residencies, allowing the restaurant’s menu to remain fresh and varied.
See all of London from the UK’s tallest sculpture. Created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the magnificent looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Home to the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. At 178m long, the slide provides visitors with a 40– second ride of twists and turns as they watch London’s skyline whizz by.
Based at East Village, this well-equipped gym and exercise space boasts a high–quality 130-station gym with the latest Technogym equipment and extensive free weight area, functional zone and spacious group exercise studio.
A state-of-the-art 80-station gym, two studios, more than 25 fitness classes each week and a sports arena that was used in London 2012. A full and varied programme of activities is offered for a range of abilities, ages and specialist requirements.
EAST LONDON CANALS & THE GREENWAY
Explore Stratford and the surrounding area by taking a canal walk and soaking up over 200 years of history. The local canal network is a peaceful, traffic-free environment and a haven for wildlife. Sights include the Bow Locks, Old Ford Lock, Three Mills Island which is home to The House Mill, the largest tidal mill in the world, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A recommended walk along the Greenway is a six-mile green corridor that links Hackney to Beckton and which, due to its high level, provides panoramic views of the city.
Hackney Marshes is internationally known as the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches on North and South Marsh and Mabley Green. This area of extensive grassland (one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London) also features a bird hide and a conservation area.
Hadleigh Farm was the host venue for mountain biking during the 2012 London Olympics. Surrounded by lush countryside, this popular farm offers an unbeatable rural experience from scenic walks, to a rare breeds centre, renowned tearoom and a farm shop.
Here East is an exciting hub for innovation in business, tech, media, education and data. Set in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is home to many pioneering companies and industries. The space features a waterfront retail destination with great places to eat, shop and relax.
The park offers a wide range of sporting activities for both children and adults. It is part of www.ourparks.org.uk offering fitness activities throughout the year. The garden, ecology area and amphitheatre offer a different experience to other parks. It also includes a streetball court, a tennis wall, a traversing climbing wall and outdoor gym equipment.
LEE VALLEY ICE CENTRE
This fantastic ice skating venue is only one of a handful in the London area that is open throughout the year. Its international sized ice pad has capacity for 800 skaters and can accommodate up to 760 spectators. Private and group skating lessons are available and all-inclusive birthday parties can be hosted here.
THE HOUSE MILL
Originally built in 1776, The House Mill is a Grade I Listed tidal mill set in a beautiful riverside location and is the largest existing tidal mill in the world. The Miller’s House Café serves snacks and light refreshments during mill opening hours.
WEST HAM UNITED FC
Formerly known as the Olympic Stadium, the London Stadium became home to West Ham United Football Club in 2016 and plays host to Premier League games. The stadium is also the home of UK athletics and is used as a venue for rugby, concerts and more.