Stratford has come a long way since the Olympics in 2012.
Gone are the days of discarded white goods, canals full of rusty bikes and derelict pubs.
Stratford has being going from strength to strength after the opening of the humongous Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in 2011.
Some other additions to Stratford, East London are the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the largest park built in Europe for the past 150 years, the Olympic Stadium which now acts as West Ham United’s home ground, and the Lee Valley VeloPark, which is the first place in the world to offer track, road, BMX and mounting biking all in one venue.
Stratford Property Market
In addition to all the new facilities, massive investment has been made in Stratford’s property market. The current average value for property for sale in Stratford, East London is £423,994. This is an increase of over 50% in the past 10 years. This may be due to the large amount of new build property developments in East London.
Many people often forget that there is street after street of traditional Victorian terrace houses and period conversions in Stratford. They are often overlooked due to the influx of new build property developments.
The Legacy Tower
The new build developments include the Stratford Central Legacy Tower, a 31 story purpose built residential building on Great Eastern Street, Stratford E15. This new build property development in Stratford attracts professionals looking to live in the exciting area. It is home to 157 contemporary apartments which are made up of suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouses.
As well as the property for sale, there is a lot of property to rent in Stratford, East London. The former Olympic athletes’ village, now known as the East Village has studios, one bedroom flats, two bedroom apartments and three to four bedroom townhouses available.
For any parents considering moving to Stratford, East London there are lots of options for top quality education. There are primary schools, secondary schools as well as two sixth-form colleges.
Stratford is a major transport hub for East London. The Elizabeth line will be finished by the end of 2018, providing links to Reading, Heathrow, Shenfield and Abbey Wood. There are also London Overground services, Central and Jubilee lines on the Underground and the DLR. These make Stratford a commuters dream with easy access to Liverpool Street, Oxford Street and Canary Wharf.
Governed by the Labour controlled Newham Council, Stratford has a population of over 50,000.
Business & Enterprise
Stratford is also full of business. The International Quarter London is a new business centre being developed near Stratford and Stratford International stations. There are hopes for it to rival the City, Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks’ ABP London, with 25,000 jobs promised. Last year TfL moved 3,000 staff to Stratford, and the FCA are planning to move 3,500 this year.
The former Olympic press and broadcast centre is now known as Here East. Overlooking the canal, it is home to young digital companies as well as lots of cafés and restaurants.
Lifestyle & Leisure
Now on to the fun stuff… shopping and eating out! Stratford has some of the best shopping in London due to the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. Here you can find pretty much all major high street brands and chain restaurants such as TGI Fridays, Nando’s and Wagamama.
All of these restaurants are perfect after watching a movie at the Vue Multiplex in Westfield, or if you’re feeling fancy go to Roof East – a rooftop cinema on top of a carpark in Stratford.
Whatever mood you’re in, you can find it in Stratford. Thai at Busaba Eathai, Caribbean at Levi Root’s Smokehouse or Mexican at Wahaca – you name it, you can find it here!
If instead you feel like cooking at home, the indoor market in the Stratford Shopping Centre has stalls selling fresh fruit, veg and seafood.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to nightlife in Stratford, East London. There are pubs and bars serving cocktails and craft beers all over the place. One of our favourites is The Goose, with weekly DJ’s, live sports on large screen TV’s and theme nights.
As it is almost summertime, it wouldn’t make sense to not mention the open space in Stratford! As stated earlier The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the biggest built in Europe in the past 150 years. There is also the ever popular West Ham Park.