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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I always look forward to coming home!

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I love it here! Convenient and safe place! Plus, staff at get living esp Zareena is super accommodating!

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I like that everything in our flat is appropriately placed! The location of our building is perfect. It is close to transpo links, malls, and the Olympic Park! No one will get bored from living here! I mean there is a lot of things to do as many establishments like bars, resto and gym and even health clinic are nearby! I actually always look forward to coming home esp when i am from work !

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It is necessary to get a whole picture of the expected/ approximation of expenses in this area for future tenants so, they’ll have an idea about how much will it cost to live here.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Well, i think that there should locks in each room as well.

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Nice area with good property standard

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Happy with the standard of apartment and also happy with the agent Claire who dealt with my moving in process she made it very easy to move in and gave me a good experience. The price of the apartment was reasonable especially with the 2 weeks free rent option it made things easier for me

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Would love if it was on a higher floor otherwise no

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Wonderful Flats with Terrible Service

There are amazing transport links, shops and space to enjoy. The bars in Hackney Wick and the Westfield are both really convenient.

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The development and flats are a story of two experiences. The flats are lovely, with lots of light and space. I’ve lived here for 5 years and loved my flat.

However, if anything goes wrong, the service is terrible at fixing it. It has took 18 months to repair a pane of glass on my patio, three times to get a previous tennant dropped off confidential emails and more than 2 months to get a replacement set of keys. The Get Living staff are all individually polite to deal with, but largely unresponsive when it comes to responding to emails or getting things done. The only prompt responses are when they need things or to let us know about other events in the village.

I wouldn’t discourage someone from living here, but I would think very hard about your tolerance for bad customer service.

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The way the rental company responds to issues.

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The light and space of the flats. In the morning the light coming through is lovely.

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Hi Cole82,

Thank you for taking the time to feedback, and glad to hear you love your apartment and life in the village. I am so sorry to hear of your customer service experience, as we do pride ourselves on this, however I can see we have fallen short here. If you’d like to discuss further please do drop me a line at hello@getliving.com.

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Sophie Danes

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Overall nice building and location.

The building is in a great location, very close to Stratford tube station with multiple public lines and trains.
Close to Westfield Stratford shopping centre, and a big number of stores and facilities.

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The building is well done and well maintained for the location and price. The outside walls are all glass and this makes the flats really well illuminated, making a difference in a city like London. In summer needs curtains of course if it’s too sunny or hot.
Concierge service is very helpful and with nice staff.
The building is extremely well located with quick access to multiple tube lines, allow to reach many areas of London directly.
In summer it can be hot if the windows don’t have curtains. Sound isolation between flats could have been better.

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

The building management is responsive and supportive to all the questions that I had.

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