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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A brilliant place to stay

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2024

I love the area and ease of being able to stumble out of bed in the morning into Westfield where everything is at your fingertips. The range at Westfield is literally mind blowing, it has everything. It takes less than 5min to be in a wonderful shopping center.
The access to a big train station is phenomenal and whilst Stratford isn’t where I’d dreamed of ending up, I am absolutely loving it. It makes getting anywhere easy which is such a must in London.
I wondered if train noise would be a thing, it is not. There is some surrounding construction which can be trying, but I remind myself it won’t be there forever.

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The building spa, gym, and workplace facilities are just incredible. It’s really wonderful having so much literally on my doorstep. Don’t even get me started on the fact that printers are easily accessible- it’s just brilliant!

What makes it standout are some really fabulous staff members at concierge and reception.
Thank you, Holy and Karina who gave me the most incredible service at the gym and spa. Your helpful and friendly attitude was such a breath of fresh air. I really appreciate it.
Kush at the front desk- thank you for all of your help! It made everything so much easier and I appreciate the time you took to help me with my queries.
All in all, a stunning place to live!

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I wish I’d known there was a loading bay to drop off my luggage.
I also wish I’d known about living here sooner.

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Building management from the building itself has been amazing.

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Excellent

Verified Resident
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Review Date May 2024

My family and I are fully satisfied living in this area. The infrastructure around is excellent. You have everything to make living comfortable and have prompt access to shops, parks, the underground, etc.

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We are pleased to continue our review of handyman Paul O’Sullivan. We opened a maintenance ticket on the residents’ portal with the issue and within less than a day, Paul fixed the problem. He efficiently helped us fix a bathroom light and was incredibly friendly and professional.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing. The management is always available to help if you need assistance.

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

Usually, management is super friendly and helps with any questions.

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Good place

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Review Date May 2024

amazing location with bars and metros. But the bills is kind of confusion with 2 company charges at same time

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Great design of the building. It comes with private pool and gym. very convinient to reach other parts of the london with location right above the metro station. The appartment is next to M&S and waitrose which is quite hand to do some groceries as well.

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It will be better solve the bill issue before tenant move in, and check the equipment of the rooms

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

Great maintenance team. I drop and lost my keys in the lifts. The team helps me replace new ones in half hour. And one of the stuff Pual O’sullvaw helps me find my original key in next day and returned to me, and keeps tracking my house maintance request.

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Manager Response

Hi Joejoe Z,

Thanks for sharing your positive experience and commenting the design is impressive, and having access to a private pool and gym is a major perk for you.
The location above the metro station makes commuting around London incredibly convenient, and being next to M&S and Waitrose is super handy for groceries for our residents.

It’s also great to hear about your positive experience with the maintenance team. Losing keys can be stressful, but it sounds like they were very efficient in helping you. Kudos to Paul O’Sullivan for going the extra mile to find your original key and for keeping track of your maintenance requests. It’s reassuring to know that we have such a dedicated team supporting our residents.

Great place to live in East London

Review Date May 2024

Living in Halo offers a great mix of convenience and options. The range of local shops is impressive with Westfield Stratford City practically on your doorstep. There are lots of dining options of high-quality and the area has plenty of green spaces with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park nearby. Public transport is highly accessible, with Stratford station providing connections via the Underground, Overground, DLR, and National Rail.

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Living in my development has been excellent. The modern design is stylish, and the facilities, including a gym and games room, are top-notch. Management is efficient and responsive, keeping everything well-maintained. Overall, it’s a wonderful place to live, and I highly recommend it.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

One thing I wish I had known before moving in is how quickly the gym equipment gets busy during peak hours. It would have been helpful to plan my workouts accordingly or perhaps invest in some home equipment to supplement.

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

The building management promptly addresses any issues I’ve raised. Their approach ensures problems are swiftly resolved.

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