Stratford area guide

Explore London's newest hospitality hotspot, and discover things to do, restaurants and bars in E20

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Westfield Stratford City

Westfield Stratford City © Westfield

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

Caribbean Scene Family

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 2 Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BG
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  1. Great Eastern Road, E20
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King Edward VII

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 47 Broadway, E15 4BQ
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Café Football

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. The Street, Westfield Stratford City, E20 1EN
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Things to do 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.

  1. Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN
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Stratford Picturehouse East London

Catch the film latest releases at Stratford East Picturehouse. Check out our cinema listings to find the latest showings.

  1. Salway Rd, E15 1BX
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Westfield Stratford City

The 'city within a city', Westfield's £1.45 billion retail behemoth snakes through the Olympic site, with 300 retail units – the cornerstones of which are gigantic versions of High Street brands John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose – 70 restaurants, bars and cafés, and a 17-screen digital cinema. So far, mega-mall, but Westfield Stratford City has attempted to be lead a little by its east London neighbours.

  1. Great Eastern Road, E20
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ArcelorMittal Orbit

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. 

  1. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2SS
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Things to do in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Park© Anthony Charlton for LLDC

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

So what did we get for our £8.77bn? Now officially known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the last of E20's green acres are opening to the public. Check out all of the upcoming events and activites in our Olympic Park event calendar.

  1. E20 2ST
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