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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Great experience

Review Date Jun 2020

Location and amaneties are superb

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We moved to East Villagr during the pandemic and our experience has been seemless dealing with Charlotte and Zainab from Get Living. The keys were provided with no contact and all instructions about the property etc was also provided. Both Charlotte and Zainab were responsive, friendly and professional. All our concerns and questions were answered promptly.

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What is the best feature of your home:

Location and the park are the best feature of East Village. A sense of community is also been great.

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Disgusted of Chobham manor

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Review Date Apr 2020

L&Q are property managers. They have no idea how to manage estates and we are teaching them how to manage.
LLDC have a charge for the Olympic Park. This charge increases every year by RPI. This makes this worse than a Morgage and we get no services – discounts for this. Just a park which everyone uses for free.
The Velopark are atrocious stakeholders and do not respect our community.

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The buildings are build substandard. Insulation is poor.
We have over 100 faults with property. Some are still outstanding. The house was purchased in June 1017.
The presale care was appalling. Lies and rudeness by staff.
After care started bad but has improved over time however still outstanding issues since 2017.
Workmanship is poor within property.

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How appalling L&Q are as incompetent management company and how corrupt relationship is between key stakeholders.
Nobody works together
LLDC
L&Q
LLP
Taylor Wimpey
Newham
Police
Lee valley.

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

Become freehold with no park charge. These costs increase and go upward
The property management need to lead and support community and resident

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Steer clear of Chobham manor

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Review Date Apr 2020

Good:
Great location, good facilities nearby

Bad:
Constant building work spoils it, many facilities inaccessible due to building work and associated traffic.

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Building quality is atrocious, windows don’t close properly, extractors don’t work, kitchen appliances not fitted properly or failed (oven, microwave and hob all needed repair/replacement), water leaks in when it rains, wiring not completed competently, no lights on stairs (which we think is a building code violation), the list goes on…..
Heating in the property (underfloor) is not appropriate for the type and ties us to a single supplier. Price is astronomical and system is “rigged” to produce high bills, even if turned off.
Construction of the property means wifi won’t work and forget about any phone signal (even though it is fine just outside)
Property management/support is a joke, after nearly 3 years we are still being given the runaround about faulty windows including rain water running down the walls.
The developers also (currently) own the roads and estate so they regularly block parts for extended periods (nearly 2 years in the nearest case) so they can extend their buildings. There is often very heavy traffic to support the building work.

This is a real pity as the area is lovely, a great community and pleasant place to live.

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How utterly appalling Taylor Wimpey developments are, we would not have moved into one of their developments and will never do so in the future.

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Managed by JLL, they do tho minimum possible work. As noted above, many parts of the property still do not function (leaking windows, windows don’t close, etc) but JLL simply push this onto us to arrange which we can’t do as the developers don’t respond

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Nice location, dreadful build

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Review Date Apr 2020

Stratford is already full before this development

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LOVE the location – Olympic Park
but REALLY DO NOT LOVE the development – 3 years on and the residents committee is *STILL* trying to get Taylor Wimpey / L&Q to acknowledge the build problems. From bathrooms that all needed re-tiling due to leaks, windows that don’t fit and underfloor heating that doesn’t work – light switches installed incorrectly and ovens that explode – many residents experiencing the same problems again and again

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I wish I had googled more about the dreadful reputation of Taylor Wimpey

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

Dreadful – takes over a year for them to get quotes form the contractors so the problems remain. They go through contractors like some people go through disposable tissues – and with as much care! Perhaps this speaks to how they treat their contractors as well as residents?

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