Stratford

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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Safe building with awesome views

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The shopping centre is great and it’s very cool to have the Olympic park so close. I find this area safe and easy to get around because the transport is pretty good around here.

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I’ve actually lived here for fours years so obviously I really love Halo! The neighbours are so friendly and so are the concierge, so I feel so very comfortable here. The concierge are also really helpful and are the first people I go to if I have a problem in my flat. The building has cool facilities including a gym. It also have a secure place to store motorbikes which is really important for us.
The whole clean and modern design of the development runs into the flat as well and everything looks very slick. The best thing is without a doubt the views- seeing the Olympic Park everyday is very special.

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I knew the flat didn’t come with a balcony but I wish it did! That would be awesome (or at least wish it had air-conditioning).

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Of course after 4 years her we’ve had a few small issues, but the management team are fairly efficient and normally really quick to solve anything.

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Modern building with great facilities

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I love being close to the Olympic lark. There are always new developments popping up around the area which I like, because it means more amenities will also come to the area. At the moment, I travel to central London for socialising and activities. i think there are more restaurants and bars around near the Park and on the East Side but that’s lacking slightly around here. The existing transport links are pretty good, there are lots of trains and buses to chose from, so it’s easy to get into Central London.

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This place is easily accessible and is modern. The gym is great and the 24 hour concierge is really handy, and they’re all very friendly. They handle post and deliveries and are always the first line of contact when there are any problems.

Regarding my flat, it came furnished to a great standard, and we were able to move a few pieces of furniture around so suit out needs. There are of windows which obviously offer great views but this also means it gets very hot in the summer since there is no AC. On the plus side, the insulation is great, so we don’t really use the heating in the winter, so this means cheaper bills!

One bad point is definitely the very noise if the road traffic.

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There is really nothing that I can wish I’d known.

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The concierge are actually more helpful than the management team.
Management are slow with contact. For example when as it gets colder, the hot water becomes slow meet and this affects the whole tower. There were lots of complaints and eventually they sorted it.

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Very hot. Very noisy.

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Ok. Let’s start with the good points: Great concierge, good gym and nice roof terrace.

However, the building is almost entirely glass and has no air conditioning except for the top few floors. This means that with the windows closed the temperature inside our flat quickly reaches over 35 degrees centigrade even on an autumn day. Of course, we could open the windows but the noise outside is simply unbearable. In particular the Jubilee line trains are very noisy and pass by non stop at a rate of 1 per minute. So you constantly face the choice of either sweltering in the heat or being bombarded with noise.

We also have problems with smoke smells inside our flat. Nobody has ever smoked in here, but the smell of cigarettes comes through from the neighbour’s flat. It appears to be coming through the bathroom wall.

If you are thinking of buying a flat here to rent out then fine. If you are thinking of buying to live in then I’d strongly advise that you don’t.

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If you are doing a viewing here then pay attention to the noise level and think about how much sun your flat will get. If it has a sunny aspect then you are going to roast.

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Poor management L and Q

Inability to manage and have criticism given against them. For two whole years they have not changed and can not manage anything. Blocks. Roads. Grounds.

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I have lived here since 2017 and have had to help L and Q manage the estate we pay them for. I find them disinterested, uncommunicative, self absorbed on how wonderful they are performing. They really believe their own rubbish.
They have no plans to manage estate
No able to review faults with our residents reporting.
Non ability to support all types of residents. Be that social, part owner and owners.
They have self appointed themselves to manage but are failing us and the community. They should give up their management right and resign.

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The rates was lower and then they have increased rates higher than inflation thinking this is approapriate.

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