If ever there was one town that personified the word ‘regeneration’, we would be willing to bet that it would be the east London area of Stratford. Almost five years after hosting the 2012 Olympics, Stratford is flourishing, gaining a status as one of the most exciting places to live in London.
This E15 postcode is home to two newish sites: The London Stadium (formally known as the Olympic Stadium), and Westfield Stratford, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. And the regeneration hasn’t finished either, with plans to build 11,000 new homes over the next 20 years.
Combine top-notch amenities with excellent travel links, and you have an area well on its way to becoming one the prime places to live in the capital. Stratford is very much a town for now.
If your preference leans towards living in brand new accommodation, Stratford should be at the top of your list. There are several shiny new residential developments located in the town, including East Village (formerly Athletes Village), where there are 2,818 homes set across 75 acres of landscaped parkland.
Capital Towers comprises 191 luxury apartments with winter gardens overlooking Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, while Stratford Riverside features one, two and three bedroom apartments spanning 27 storeys. It’s not just new apartments that have been the focus of construction; there are a plethora of houses being built in the area too.
The average rental for a one bedroom apartment in Stratford is £1,260 per month, two bedrooms average £1,680, and three bedroom properties are around £2,460 per month.
Westfield Stratford is the E15 postcode’s main amenity – it’s also the largest shopping centre in London. The centre features a vast selection of retail shops, designer boutiques, restaurants, and a Vue cinema.
The shopping mall is attached to the London Stadium, where Premier League football club West Ham United play their home matches. The stadium is well-known for hosting the 2012 Olympics and is also the venue for various sporting and entertainment shows throughout the year.
Other than Westfield, there is a selection of shops and eateries on Stratford high street, plus more than a few bars and clubs to enjoy the vibrant nightlife scene.
Olympic Park is another big draw, successfully combining inner-city living with tranquil open spaces. The park is overlooked by ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower that also happens to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.
Stratford is well-connected thanks to various travel links. Stratford Station is a major interchange station served by the London Underground, Overground, DLR and National Rail. The tube station is located on the Jubilee Line and has direct access to Bond Street in 20 minutes.
Stratford International station is another National Rail station with direct trains to St. Pancreas and Canning Town. Stratford also benefits from a good local bus service, with plenty of buses stopping around town.
Stratford is already established as a popular London area, and will only become more sought after in the years ahead. It is an ideal destination for young professionals who want to have easy access to a plethora of amenities, including shopping, sports, open spaces and nightlife. Convenient transport links provide good access to the rest of London, including integral parts of central London, the City and Canary Wharf.
January 30, 2017 rentonomy Moving to the Capital