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.

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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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Any issues and the amazing Ryan comes and fixes them right away!!!

Review Date Aug 2021

Great cafes. Q.E. Park is amazing. Beautiful walks. Close to Westfield with multiple supermarkets. National rail, overground and underground so great connection. Only downfall is that there does seem to be a fair bit of crime mentioned on the residents page (phones being snatched etc.).

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Really happy with the size etc. great winter garden! Design is modern, liveable. Easy. The app makes everything very easy -any issues (I.e. dishwasher, cupboards etc) and the amazing Ryan comes and fixes them right away!!! He is always great to deal with!

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How great the connection is! Overground, underground and national rail!!! Residents Facebook page is also super helpful (I believe it’s independent of the management)

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They are great (the maintenance team are always so fast- thanks Ryan) but only issue has been around the cladding. We were told prior to moving in that the cladding would be fixed. 8 months in and it is still exposed and we do not have a date.

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Nick, thank you so much for sharing your review! We are delighted that you are enjoying so many aspects of East Village, E20 and appreciate your recognition of Ryan. I am unable to identify your home in order to provide any further information on the replacement of cladding, however please feel free to stop by our Welcome Office and I will be happy to update you should we have dates available.

In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy your time with us and do look out for more dining and retail options coming soon.

The building management are always super prompt and helpful and really makes us feel at home and at ease.

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Review Date Aug 2021

Range of quality shops, that are not chains and the range community events that are put on. No Negatives

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The building management are always super prompt and helpful and really makes us feel at home and at ease. knowing that even if the smallest issue arises they will be on hand to fix everything. They are also super visibile in the community making you feel like the community is being touched up at every moment.

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They were able to water our plants whilst we were away, we only knew when we asked!

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Yeah very promptly soon after moving in they were always on hand to help out.

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Josh, thank you so much for sharing your review. We are delighted you feel at home with us here at East Village, E20! If there is anything we can help with at all in the future, please stop by our Welcome Office to see us.

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Review Date Aug 2021

Wide selection of local shops and restaurants, great transport links (5 min walk to the station). Very quiet and safe area, no complaints!

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Great building and flat, very modern furnishings and fittings. The balcony is absolutely fantastic. The building and property management has been great, every time we have needed something changed or fixed the team have been very prompt and helpful. Again no complaints.

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As we moved in a several weeks before we started work we weren’t eligible for deposit free renting. This was made aware to us much later in the process than we would have liked but is not a major issue.

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All of the issues we have had are resolved very quickly.

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Hi Jack, thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to see you are happy here at East Village, E20! Look out for more dining options coming soon to add to our selection. Please do get in touch if we can help in any way at all in the future.

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Review Date Aug 2021

There is a local Sainsbury’s and nearby delicatessens including bakery’s and ice cream shops. There are multiple cafes and restaurant with a range of prices and either eat in for takeaway options. The Sainsbury’s is medium size but i. Westfield Stratford there is a large M&S and Waitrose. There are a couple medium priced bars in the east village within walking distance.

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The Developement is managed well. The issues we have had are retrieving your bike from underground storage can take 5-10 minutes (which can make a difference in the morning!)! The design of the house is spacious and the rooms are large. The house runs quite hot but this means that energy bills will be low. The management is great and very responsive to any issues or requests.

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Lots of storage in the house – more than expected! However on moving in it’s easier to enter through the back door with heavy items as the front door leads straight the stair case

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There were a couple of issues with our house related to cleaning and maintenance but we flagged these up and they are quickly fixed

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Susie, thank you so much for your review and welcome to East Village, E20! Delighted to see that everything is great and we are being responsive. Please feel free to stop by our Welcome Office if we can be of any help at all.

Until then, enjoy life in our neighbourhood and do look out for new retail and dining options coming soon.

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