About The Area

Stratford Area Guide

As the focal point for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Stratford has experienced rapid and significant financial development over recent years, in a bid to cope with the increased concentration of visitors to the region. Stratford and the surrounding Newham area has already undergone substantial regeneration creating a bright new vision for leisure and tourism and commercial growth.

Stratford’s transport links are now exceptional, providing a gateway to the South East and East Anglia whilst becoming a major London Underground transport hub. Stratford is an increasingly impressive office space location for businesses looking for proximity to Central London and exciting amenities that are constantly being expanded.

Why do business in Stratford?

Extensive transport connections
Stratford is just 12 minutes from London Liverpool Street station and is linked to the Central and Jubilee London Underground lines, whilst serving much of the South East and East Anglia via mainline routes. Stratford International station is also part of the High Speed 1 route, linking London to the British end of the Channel Tunnel in Kent, as well as regular services running to and from the continent. The brand new DLR line also connects Stratford to London City Airport within minutes.
Digital infrastructure
The lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games is that of a young, energetic and increasingly skilled workforce across Stratford. The borough of Newham is ideally located to accommodate the majority of London’s eastwards growth in the coming decade. By 2025 it is envisaged that a minimum of £22bn will have been invested in Stratford and its surrounding area, creating over 35,000 new homes and 100,000 new jobs.
Stratford City
The most ambitious development within London’s M25. Stratford City was the creation of a new £4bn metropolitan centre in the heart of East London, containing a plethora of entertainment and leisure facilities as well as a vibrant new commercial district. Covering 73 hectares of largely derelict industrial space, this plan is set to be London’s most ambitious mixed-use development for many years to come.
Enviable reputation
Stratford is soon to become one of the most enviable areas to do business in London and beyond. As a core part of the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project, there is more happening in Stratford and Newham than anywhere else in the continent. This radical transformation will entice business opportunities from investors across Europe and beyond.

What businesses does Stratford suit?

Close proximity to Central London
For businesses that need to remain close to Central London but avoid the high price tag that comes with inner City commercial property rates, Stratford is the ideal location with London Underground connections to the City in a matter of minutes.
Financial start-ups
Just 14 minutes from Bank, financial start-ups may also appreciate the lower office costs in Stratford and the close proximity to London’s primary financial districts.
Creative and media industries
With Stratford undergoing a vibrant 21st Century overhaul the area is ripe for creative digital and media industries to make their mark. The decades of investment across Newham includes superfast broadband, with a commitment to ensuring much of Stratford benefits from an unparalleled digital infrastructure to enable business investment and creative industries to flourish.

"London 2012" by Javier Carcamo is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Stratford station is on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich network and so has very regular services to the South East. In addition the underground station is linked to two major tube lines – the Central and the Jubilee – which give outstanding mobility throughout the tube network.

Waterloo: 25 minutes

Liverpool Street: 12 minutes

Bank: 14 minutes

Canary Wharf: 14 minutes

Pub wise, Stratford has some great offerings. The Railway Tavern is a traditional, well-run establishment that has been in the same family for 40 years. Home-cooked food is served daily, and there is live music on the last Saturday of every month. Alternatively, the King Edward VII (47 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ) has a band of regular followers and complements its atmosphere with alternative events, such as wine tasting. Nightclub wise, check out Rex (361-373 High Street, London E15 4QZ) a big club with a capacity of over 2,500 and a great atmosphere.

Westfield, Stratford City

One of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe, Westfield Stratford City contains a whopping 1,883,700 sq ft of retail space with up to 300 major stores and services anchored by such brands as John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer. The shopping centre is just part of a multi-purpose development within Stratford City, including a 17-screen cinema, 70 restaurants and two significantly-sized hotels.

Billingsgate Market

Billingsgate Market is the UK’s largest inland fish market, with over 25,000 tonnes sold each year. It has existed in various guises since 1400 and offers escorted tours for student groups and professionals.

Stepping Stones Farm

A major local farm that does everything farms do and does them very well. The shop sells a beautiful selection of homemade jams and chutney and there is a fully featured wildlife area and nature trail. Regular events – such as Easter egg hunts – are scheduled throughout the year, and there are a range of typical and exotic farm animals.