East London's newest revamped postcode has become a bustling center of activity following the glory days of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With newly built restaurants and bars amongst the traditional Stratford haunts, Westfield Stratford City, one of Europe's biggest shopping centres, and the former Olympic venues now open to the public, the area provides a fantastic range of shopping, drinking, dining and fitness activities. Stratford is becoming a new go-to destination in the capital.
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Restaurants and pubs in Stratford
Theatre Royal Stratford East
A community theatre with many shows written, directed and performed by black or Asian artists, Theatre Royal is a great cultural hit in ethnically diverse Stratford. Musicals are big here – whether about hip hop or the Windrush generation. Kinks frontman Ray Davies penned the hit ‘Come Dancing’ for Theatre Royal Stratford East, while homegrown success ‘The Harder They Come’ made a West End transfer.
The curly-wurly red scaffolding tower lords it over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from its position right alongside the Olympic Stadium. Designed by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond, it stands 114.5m (376ft) tall – with lifts (and a 455-step staircase) up to two platforms from which you take in the interesting, if not entirely spectacular, view – The Shard, St Paul’s and the Wembley arches are all very much on the skyline.
Bars and pubs in Stratford
What's on in Stratford this week
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