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Stratford is a metropolitan district in the London Borough of Newham, made famous for its regeneration thanks to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the principal venue for the games, and the area has since gone from strength to strength, becoming East London’s primary destination for retail, culture and leisure. Stratford is also now the second most significant business location in the east of the capital (after Canary Wharf).
There is a host of iconic landmarks in the Stratford area including the old town hall, The King Edward VII public house, the ‘Robert’ the tank engine locomotive displayed in Meridian Square, the Abbey Mills pumping stations, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower, which was erected in the Olympic Park as Britain’s largest piece of public art. Stratford’s Cultural Quarter, adjacent to the shopping centre, is home to several art venues, bars and cafés, while younger visitors will love exploring the Discover Children’s Story Centre, a purpose-built story world and story garden with creative play spaces.
Westfield Stratford City houses some 350 stores, making it one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and providing plenty of employment opportunities for the retail industry. Since its regeneration, Stratford has enjoyed a boom in its local economy, and is now the location of a number of major projects. Stratford Station has seen improvements to its platforms, walkways and entrances, while Pudding Mill Lane DLR station has been rebuilt as part of the Crossrail project. There is also a development underway to see new office buildings and a hotel being created.
Historically a significant transport hub, Stratford continues to be well-served by bus routes, as well as a number of railway stations and cycle lanes. Stratford Regional is located on the National Rail Great Eastern Main Line, North London Line and Lea Valley Lines, while national rail services are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, TfL Rail and London Overground. London Underground’s Central and Jubilee Lines both serve the station, linking Stratford to Oxford Street, Wembley Stadium, Epping and Canary Wharf, making it a popular stop for commuters coming in and out of the city. Stratford is also connected to the national road network at the junction called the Bow Interchange between the A12, A11 and the A118, which links to Stratford town centre.
The University of East London has a major campus in Stratford, while Birkbeck College, part of the University of London, has also recently launched courses in the area, with a view to constructing its own campus here. Newham College of Further Education offers further educational courses and has an allegiance with the University of East London. One of the oldest girls’ schools in England, Sarah Bonnell School, is located in this part of London, along with other schools such as Colegrave and John F Kennedy.
House prices in Stratford stand at an average of £378,986, which is a fall of 10.42 per cent in the last year. In terms of property types, flats sell for an average of £338,245, while terraced houses sell for £417,498. Clearly, London prices are a market of their own.
Did you know that Stratford is regularly used as a shooting location for numerous films? Popular movies to have been shot here include Sparrows Can’t Sing, Bronco Bullfrog, Batman Begins and Attack the Block.