Since this initial investment in the area, Stratford has gone from strength to strength. As well as the exceptional leisure and sporting facilities, the area now boasts new homes, retail, restaurants and offices offering workers and residents a new community with unrivalled facilities. In the coming years the further investment at East Bank will transform it into London’s new cultural heart.
Here’s a whistle-stop tour of Stratford’s recent history and bright future.
The Olympic Bid
London's New Leisure Destination
Stratford had already made a name for itself amongst the city’s shoppers – with the local shopping centre opening in the 90s and then Westfield joining the area in 2011. But the Olympic facilities really solidified its place as a sports destination. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park provides the opportunity for local communities and people across London to get fit, practice sports and enjoy green outdoor space in the city.
A large part of why ongoing investment continued well after the Olympics, was Stratford’s transformation into one of London’s best-connected areas. The new high-speed train service from Stratford International takes you to St Pancras in eight minutes while the overhead services from Stratford Station take you to Stansted Airport in an hour or Liverpool Street in ten minutes. The tube station is serviced by the Elizabeth, Central and Jubilee lines, whilst a comprehensive list of bus services serves the area well.