Stratford Area Guide
Stratford is a district of east London. The area was part of the Ancient Parish and subsequent County Borough of West Ham, which became the western half of the modern borough in 1965. The late 20th Century was a period of severe economic decline, eventually reversed by regeneration associated with the 2012 Summer Olympics, for which Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the main venue. Stratford is now East London’s primary retail, cultural and leisure centre. It has also become the second most significant (after Canary Wharf) business location in the east of the capital.
PLACES TO GOWestfield Stratford City - With 250 shops plus 70 places to dine, Westfield Stratford City is the largest shopping mall in Europe and the new lifestyle destination for East London.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Aquatics Centre - Following the Games, centre re-opened to the public in March 2014 as a swimming centre for the local community, who can make use of the two 50m pools and learn to dive in the 25m diving pool.
Lee Valley VeloPark - Pedal your way around Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Taster sessions are available for every discipline, so anyone can experience a cycle ride at this Olympic venue and cycle in the same place as legends like Chris Hoy and Laura Trott.
The Copper Box Arena - The Copper Box was the first venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to reopen to the public. You can have a workout in the gym, take part in activities in the state-of-the-art sports hall, or just enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat in the cafe.
Theatre Royal Stratford East - The Theatre Royal Stratford East is a 460-seater community theatre that produces new theatre shows and comedy. Since 1953, Theatre Royal Stratford East has been the home of the Theatre Workshop company and runs lots of performing activities for teen and a family-friendly annual panto.