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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The development looks great and brings a great vibe to the area

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Review Date Jun 2022

The amenities in the local area are a great attraction. The choice of local shops in east village could be improved.

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The development looks great and brings a great vibe to the area. The modern design is a big appeal to younger residents.
Property management has been brilliant so far with regular management of the trees and outdoor spaces, along with refurbishment of the building.

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I wish I had known how busy the local outdoor gym space got every evening.

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The building Maintenance team have been great, coming to our house to fix any issues within 24 hours each time.

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East Village – Overlooking Victory Park

Review Date Jun 2022

East Village has great facilities with Westfield right on the doorstep, as well as the Olympic Park and Hackney Wick just a short walk away. The Elizabeth line at Stratford and the train to Kings Cross make travel across London really fast.

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The flat is spacious and bright with a modern kitchen and bathroom. Get Living are always fast to respond to maintenance requests and having the office on site we can always walk in and ask if we have any queries. It’s great to be able to see which Olympic Athletes stayed in our building in 2012 and to explore the Park and go to events at London Stadium.

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The walk to Stratford station is a full 20 minutes and should be thought about with a commute. The air conditioning in the flat makes a huge difference on hot days and can be used on a fan or humidifier setting.

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

Using the app making requests is straightforwards, and we usually get an email response within the day.

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Living in East Village

Review Date Jun 2022

Moved recently and have had hassle free renting since, location wise it’s very well connected to central London and far away enough to escape from it all

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I enjoy the mid density flats here which are an efficient way of living given the area. Overall I feel safe in the area and am impressed with the modern design and build which makes living here easy and pleasant. Proximity to the Olympic park as well is also great for going on walks and cycles

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The speed at which you can go from leaving your flat to being in central London!

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We have had a couple of problems that come with moving into a flat for the first time but each has been dealt with efficiently

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My beautiful home 🏡

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Review Date Jun 2022

East Village is the best place I’ve ever lived in London. All possible facilities on the doorstep, best restaurants, very safe, just perfect transport (bus, underground, overground, etc.), remarkable sense of community, green place… I love this place! ❤️

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It is certainly a well-run place, everything is very organized and functional. Any problems are usually fixed in a very satisfactory time, I always get an immediate response when I request something. In my opinion, the East Village is a happy home for everyone who resides in this lovely place.

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For those looking for quality of life, don’t think twice, this is the place.

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Any problems are usually fixed in a very satisfactory time, I always get an immediate response when I request something.

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