Home to a variety of sports, leisure and entertainment complexes, Stratford is fast becoming one of the most popular places to live in London. Having risen to prominence during the 2012 Olympics, Stratford has benefited from many of the purpose-built sports facilities which were constructed in the run-up to the big event.
For residents, the aftermath of the Olympics has been positive, with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Stadium, the London Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box Arena all in and around Stratford. Of course, it isn't just modern facilities which represent Stratford. The town has a rich history, with many buildings still standing from the mid-19th century. The Abbey Mills Pumping Stations, King Edward VII public house and the Old Town Hall are just a small example of the historical buildings which occupy prime positions in Stratford. With the ArcelorMittal orbit operating as an observation tower, Stratford is home to an enviable combination of contemporary and historic monuments, as well as cultural sites and attractions.
Today, the mix of facilities, architecture and transport links makes Stratford a popular place to live. Stratford Regional provides rail links to a variety of mainland lines, as well as access to the Jubilee and Central lines on the London Underground. Stratford International offers a high-speed service via the St Pancras to Kent line, whilst the DLR stops at both Stratford Regional and Stratford International. In addition to this, Pudding Mill Lane, Stratford High Street, and Maryland stations serve Stratford and offer enviable transport links to other parts of the city and beyond.
As well as superior rail links, residents in Stratford can access almost any part of London via bus, with two bus stations situated in the area. Also linked to London's cycle network, a dedicated infrastructure ensures cyclists find it relatively easy to get around Stratford.
With so many transport links serving the area, it's not surprising that Stratford has become a residential and commercial hub. As the most significant retail and commercial district in East London and the second most significant business location in the area, the increased transport links also make it easy for people to commute into Stratford from work, ensuring regular and reliable services are available to residents.
Having undergone a period of regeneration, Stratford is now recognised as a thriving part of the city. Westfield Shopping Centre is a major shopping hub and is routinely cited as one of the most popular shopping locations in the south-east, whilst additional leisure facilities have ensured the area is known for entertainment as well as retail.
Filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres and performing arts venues, there is plenty to do in Stratford and the area attracts a wide range of age groups, all of which are served by Stratford estate agents. Major university campuses and further education facilities have drawn young people to the area, whilst many families are keen to move into Stratford due to the range of schools and academies in the town.
Perfect for first-time buyers as well as existing homeowners, the diversity and variety of facilities in Stratford has secured its place in the heart of Londoners.