Stratford in East London has changed rapidly during the past few years. Not only does it have a bright sporting future thanks to the stunning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, but it is also home to Westfield Stratford City, a shopping centre so large that it has its own postcode!
Travel to Stratford
Stratford is a transport hub and has excellent rail, Tube and bus links. At Stratford Station you will find the Docklands Light Railway, Central line, Jubilee line and London Overground services.
You can get a bus to a huge range of destinations across London from Stratford bus station. National Express coaches, which travel across the UK, also depart from Stratford bus station.
If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.
If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card from the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.
Things to do in Stratford: Sport
Stratford was the centre of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seventeen of the 26 Olympic sports took place within a 15-minute walk of Stratford Station. The Olympic legacy continues to make Stratford a great place to take part in sport or to watch major for sporting events.
The Stadium is currently under redevelopment and will open again in 2016 when it becomes the new home of West Ham United Football Club and the National Competition Centre for athletics.
In Stratford you can swim and dive at the London Aquatics Centre, play badminton at the Copper Box Arena, cycle at the Lee Valley VeloPark, and participate or watch sport at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
These state-of-the-art sporting arenas are joined by the striking ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower. This looping steel sculpture is Britain's largest piece of public art, at 115m (377ft) tall. It offers breathtaking views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
In the Westfield Stratford City shopping mall there is also a bowling alley with 14 lanes available.
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Things to do in Stratford: Shopping
Westfield Stratford City is a striking, three-storey curved shopping centre. It is Europe’s largest urban shopping destination and houses more than 300 shops. Shopping in London doesn't get much bigger than this.
Exchange foreign currency in Stratford by visiting the Stratford Post Office Bureau de Change.
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Things to do in Stratford: Restaurants
Westfield Stratford City has more than 70 food and drink outlets to discover. The Stratford restaurants cover an international range of tastes. For example, you can enjoy Chinese at Ping Pong, Brazilian at Cabana, Greek at The Real Greek, or American at TGI Friday’s.
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Things to do in Stratford: Theatre, Cinema and Casino
The UK’s biggest casino can be found at Westfield Stratford City, in addition to an all-digital cinema that has 17 screens to choose from.
Stratford's other notable attractions include the Discover Children's Storytelling Centre, arts venue Stratford Circus, independent cinema Stratford Picturehouse, and the gorgeous Victorian theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East.
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Hotels and Hostels in Stratford
There are plenty of hotels and accommodation options in Stratford, covering luxury, traditional or budget preferences:
- The Westbridge Hotel
- Marlin Apartments – Stratford
- Holiday Inn Express London - Stratford
- Holiday Inn London Stratford City
- Ibis London Stratford
- Premier Inn London Stratford
- Travelodge London Stratford Hotel
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