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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Tower Hamlet Homes is unprofessional

Review Date Dec 2021

Decent area and amenities. Ok quality of local shops, restaurants, bars & open spaces. Availability of transport links.

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Extremely poor services. Personnel is not equipped nor incentivised to help in any manner. The simplest thing takes multiple phone calls and/or visits to their office. Simple things on their website are not possible like ‘forgotten your password’ requires a phone call (is this 2001?).

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I wish I would have known how poor Tower Hamlet Homes are to deal with. It’s really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Almost unusable website makes it impossible to solve your own problems. Every contact with building management gives you a headache at best.

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A big no.

Review Date Nov 2021

Close to Stratford Shopping Centre and Stratford Station with underground lines, overground and multiple buses.

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Even though the manager was responsive and the concierge team was absolutely amazing, the manager was useless resolving any of my issues. It took 3 months to replace damaged carpet in one of the bedrooms, no one’s notified me for two months that my bike was stolen. I got some money refunded for my stolen bike which they quickly reclaimed charging me £300 for cleaning the flat after I moved out, even though the flat was dirty when I moved in. One lady from the staff in the office in Stratford was very rude to me when I tried to get someone else’s help with my issues. I didn’t bother to wait until the end of the tenancy and I moved out after 7 months. Nice staff would not compensate the time I wasted asking to resolve the problems with the flat. I will remember to not to rent a flat from JLL in the future.

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I wish I knew the management is so poorly trained in customer service and cannot do their job properly.

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Responsive but took very long to resolve issues if resolved at all.

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Review Date Oct 2021

The property is located in a quiet convenient area with only drawback that the metro station is 10-15 walks away.

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I’m afraid for now I don’t have much thought about it but I will recommend the building installed a bigger entrance for cyclists there is one way out but no coming in so if no one opens the day from the inside the outsider is unable to enter the property with their bicycle.

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I haven’t have much contact with the management team but they all seems very kind and nice

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Manager Response

Hi Phoenix,

Thank you for your recommendation and sharing your review. If you do need to contact us at any time, please feel free to stop by our Welcome Office and we will be delighted to meet you.

We appreciate your feedback regarding cycles and will take this into consideration on any future developments. We will be in touch to understand this further and hope you continue to enjoy living here at East Village.

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Fantastic property development with extremely convenient living

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Review Date Oct 2021

Very happy living above Tesco’s very convenient. 10 minute walk to Stratford underground and Westfield shopping centre had many restaurants and bars which was great. I commuted using a car so being next to A12 was very helpful.

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Very happy with my flat – it was modern, stylish and very clean and spacious. The concierge team were great and very helpful and the main reception area was a nice space. Unfortunately I never had opportunity to use the communal space including the pool room due to covid but would have appreciated this. The gym on site was great. Property management were not easy to get hold of on the phone but did respond to emails within a few days.

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I did not get access to the communal pool room for my entire tenancy.

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Property management were not easy to get hold of on the phone but did respond to emails within a few days. Very helpful when dealing with issues.

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