Places to see in London Stratford
Since the Olympics in 2012, Stratford’s enjoyed an explosion of popularity amongst tourists and businesses alike, breathing new life into what was quite a deprived area. As such, there’s still plenty to get your teeth into. Playing host to the Olympic Village, Queen Elizabeth Park, Westfield Shopping and Leisure Centre, Stratford High Street’s many attractions and the park there, you won’t be short of things to get on with. However, lovers of history and old-worldy London might be disappointed with this modern area, but if you’re a fan of all things bright and new, then we can’t recommend Stratford highly enough.
Recommended Attraction in Stratford
Offering a community hub, a performing arts centre, a great restaurant and a lovely bar as well as an extremely diverse and fun atmosphere, our one must-do activity is to head over to the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Through the original Stratford shopping centre and opening out onto a large courtyard, this is a wonderful place to relax, get a great (and reasonably priced) bite to eat and, if you want to get the full experience, pick up a ticket for one of the award-winning plays. The Theatre Royal has historically been a pioneer in contemporary British theatre, having been Joan Littlewood’s workspace and home.
Alternative Things To Do in Stratford
There are a few obvious things on offer in Stratford, Westfield being the main one, for absolutely everything you could possibly want by way of shopping, as well as a fantastic selection of places to eat and drink. There’s Queen Elizabeth Park and the site of the 2012 Olympics, which are full of points of interest as well as being enormously entertaining in their own rights. The King Edward VII is one of the best pubs in Stratford and has some old-time decoration that is true to the pub’s decently mature heritage.
Attraction List in Stratford
You’ll need a fair amount of time in the area to cram in all of the various bits of shopping and eating out you’ll want to do, as well as a day or two for just Olympic sightseeing (not to mention taking in a play at our recommended attraction), so your best option is to head over to our Stratford hotel booking service to get a great deal on one of the many budget hotels we have in the area, leaving that extra dosh in your pocket to spend out. You could also swing by the TravelStay offices in Stratford and meet our team!
The arrival of the Westfield Shopping centre has transformed Stratford into the centre of the universe when it comes to luxurious shopping all under one roof. Wander around its magnificent halls and enjoy shopping for leisure, music, shoes, beauty, furniture and kids clothes - the choices are endless as there's something for everyone.
Address: Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, London E20 1EQ
Phone: +44 20 8221 7300
Stratford’s existing shopping centre is conveniently located opposite the station and is popular for its range of accessibly-priced stores, its indoor and outdoor market stalls and the ‘inshops’ network of small retail outlets. There is everything you need here.
Address: Management Office, 54A Broadway, London E15 1NG
Phone: 020 8536 5350
There is nothing like a circus to get you on the edge of your seat and nearby is Stratford Circus, a contemporary performing arts venue comprising of three performing areas.
Address: Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Phone: 020 8279 1001
This is the Theatre Royal Stratford East, a 450-seat Victorian built theatre which you will find atmospheric and charming as soon as you walk through its doors. It is known for new writing and you will see that the work reflects the ethically diverse nature of its locality. It prides itself on accessibility (amongst the cheapest and most easily available concessions of any theatre), and its ability to attract lively audiences, so this is guaranteed to be an eye-opener!
Address: Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
Phone: 020 8534 0310
Here is the Stratford Picturehouse. The four screen Picturehouse opened in 1997 providing the community with the latest big film releases, the best of British and international arthouse and independent film, and a great choice of children’s films. You will never see a film in a better venue, so treat yourself to a top of the range cinema experience.
Address: Salway Road, London E15 1BX
Phone: 0871 902 5740
The Atherton Leisure Centre provides facilities for the more active tourist. Amongst the attractions are: a fitness centre, swimming pools, health suite, women only sessions, sports hall, crèche play and Learn and Toddler world. Make sure you stay fit on your break.
Address: 189 Romford Road, London, E15 4JF
Phone: 020 8536 5500
Known locally as King Eddies, this traditional drinker in one of London’s most up-and-coming areas is a great place to provide relief from all of the tiredness you’ll have built up from shopping at Westfield. The décor feels rural, with open fireplaces and stripped wooden floors, and drinks are reasonably priced.
Address: 47 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ
Phone: 020 8534 2313