Stratford

Pre-2012 London Olympics, Stratford was, for many, just a place where the Jubilee line terminated. But the Games put this East London district well and truly on the map. Modern residential developments (with a plethora of amenities) have been multiplying here ever since. Where are the best places to live in Stratford? Discover where to buy or rent in Stratford in our area guide.

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Best places to live in Stratford

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Stratford Olympic park

Stratford’s residential transformation

Here East, the former Olympics’ Press and Broadcast hub, is now a thriving digital and creative business park, attracting big names like BT Sport and dance choreographer, Wayne McGregor. Meanwhile, the Athletes’ Village has been transformed into East Village, a mixed-use development of some 3,000 new-build homes and a brilliant range of independent restaurants, bars and cafes, all set among acres of greenery. According to HomeViews’ reviewers, this is one of the best places to live in Stratford.

Spacious and lovely! Great place to live if you’re young and working in London. The resident team are brilliant and very attentive to any problems you might have. Commute is fantastic, you can get a direct train to kings cross in 7 minutes. The coffee shops below are perfect for brunch!” – Zeynep, verified resident at East Village

East Village is neighboured by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which blankets a large chunk of the area, and offers nature trails, waterways and sports facilities. Here you’ll find London Stadium, London Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the UK’s largest sculpture and the world’s longest tunnel slide.

Street in Stratford

Developments to buy or to rent in Stratford

Where are the best places to live in Stratford? Commuters should pay attention to Unex Tower, a Telford Homes development just footsteps from Stratford International and Stratford Underground. Telford Homes is actually the name behind many of Stratford’s residential developments. Stratford Central, like its name suggests, has bagged a prime setting in the heart of E15. Glittering high-rises Stratford Plaza and Stratosphere sold out in record time. And Icona Point, a trio of buildings erected with the help of architect, Stockwool, gives the Stratford skyline a pop of colour courtesy of its neon-hued balconies.

The development is great. There is a 24 hour concierge who are always on hand to help and the staff are very friendly. There is also a nice on site gym for tenants. I really enjoy living here.” – R, resident at Unex Tower

If you’re after a waterfront location, the apartments at Weston Homes’ River Heights make for a good choice. In addition, another popular new-build property is Stratford Halo, a 42-storey Notting Hill Genesis development nicknamed, ‘The Sidemen Tower.’ This was because members of YouTube sensation, The Sidemen, moved in a few years back. If you’re looking to rent in Stratford Halo – have a look at Folio London at Stratford Halo, 

“I like the apartment – it’s a new build and spacious, well designed, and good quality. There is good security on the building and a concierge service 24/7 which is great.” – Anonymous, resident of Folio London at Stratford Halo.

 

View from a high rise flat in Stratford

Stratford hotspots

Westfield Stratford City actually opened the year before the Olympics, contrary to the belief of many. Packed with well-known names, this is East London’s most popular destination for fashion and food. There’s a Vue cinema and a bowling alley here, too.

Hip Hackney Wick is at the tip of Stratford’s north-eastern pocket, sandwiched between Bow, Mile End and Homerton. This urban neighbourhood brags a good variety of quirky riverside pubs and cafés, brimming with originality and something of a breath of fresh air compared to Stratford’s heavily regenerated majority. It’s especially lively in the summer months, and getting a water-facing table can be something of a challenge.

Transport links

“Transport links are unrivalled you can get ‘anywhere’ in 30 mins.”

Finally, a word on transport. Stratford is one of the best-connected places in London. The station has tubes running on the Central and Jubilee lines to the West End, DLR links to Canary Wharf, and Overground services to Highbury & Islington. Similarly Stratford International, offers super-fast connections to St Pancras International – we’re talking less than eight minutes.

You can read reviews of Stratford developments by clicking on the properties in the list below. Do you live in a Stratford development? Click here to write a review. 

Reviews in Stratford

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Great Experience in the East Village, Stratford

Review Date Oct 2022

I have had a great experience in the east village area since I’ve moved in! The location is great with quick access to the underground and with food/ entertainment options all around. Most importantly, I feel completely safe in the neighborhood during all times – which is a must. The park right near the neighborhood is also such a huge bonus.

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The development is great – the staff takes great care to make sure the amenities are kept working well for the residents, maintenance has been timely and responsive, and the building is a pleasure to live in.

Huge shout out to Rose, my realtor and Zainab for helping me find a place and take care of all the logistics. =)

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I do wish there was a little more guidance on many of the appliances – as they are on the newer side and require specific handling, etc. – so it would be great if staff could help walk new residents through some of the major know-hows.

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I had an issue with my washing machine, was able to make a request rather conveniently on the app and had a repair man come the next business day which was such a great and timely experience.

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What you pay is not what you get. Terrible services. Always having issues with the building structure such as broken elevators, even the trash system was broken for several days. It’s too expensive for such a poor service. I would never recommend living here.

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Review Date Oct 2022

The location is good. Several shops, Westfield is just a few minutes walking. Underground station is also very close. My only issue with the location is that I don’t feel very safe walking around. I’ve been harassed and catcalled several times walking towards Strafford shopping center. Unfortunately this area I have experience a lot of antisocial behavior so I don’t feel safe walking around.

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I’m having a lot of unpleasant experiences living in get living east village. From the elevators that are broken forever and they never fix it and problems with almost everything, even the hot water in my apartment stop working. When you ask for help to solve the problems the answers take forever and they never solve the problem with efficiency, always takes to many interactions and emails with them to finally solve one single issue.

Also the building is supposed to have amenities such as coffee in the reception and a gym but several times there’s no coffee pods. I’m still waiting to use the gym because they never give me a mandatory gym induction, also the gym working hours is not 24 h which it doesn’t make any sense.

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I wish I had known that the building structure is always having issue. That they take a long time and too many interactions to reply you, that there’s antisocial behavior in the area and I don’t feel safe. I’m very dissatisfied with my experience.

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It takes a lot of emails and interactions and persistence with them to have a decent solution to any problem. It’s an awful service.

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Well managed building in good location

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Review Date Sep 2022

Located five minutes from the tube with a Tesco and gym nearby. Great location with great transport links.

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Modern flats in good nick with a great building management team behind them. Any issues are usually sorted quickly but given the flats are new enough (c.10 years old) not too many issues pop up. It’s also situated near the Olympic park and Hackney Wick so has plenty of options for weekends and evenings.

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Cladding work began after I moved in which was quite noisy at times.

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There’s an app to log repairs. Usually sorted fast

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Good location, poor maintenance.

Review Date Jul 2022

It was great overall until we had a problem with our bathroom which wasn’t fixed for weeks. Great location and shops.

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The development of the nearby building was disturbing with the vibration. Also, the terrace window wasn’t fixed in the one year I requested it. Having Olympic park nearby and the wetlands, Hackney marshes was an absolute winner. Lee valley park and other facilities was also quote a differentiator.

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No unexpected surprises.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Mostly quite quickly. Two occasions of slow response.

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