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This east London location has undergone some of the biggest transformation that any of London’s town has seen; Stratford was host to many of the London Olympic 2012 events. Rejuvenated and redeveloped Stratford has a lot to offer.

The area has Victorian terraced houses, with new, smart apartment blocks and affordable housing. New homes can be found in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park it is a popular rental area, and affordable rental flats can be found on the High Street.

East Village, what was once the London Olympics Athletes Village is made of mainly rental properties. Over 23,000 new developments are planned over the next two decades. The East Village is home to 2,818 homes. In the International Quarter there are 350 flats planned by the Manhattan Loft Corporation.

In E15 some of the most attractive streets are Manbey Grove, a row of Victorian cottages, there are very picturesque. Roads around Vaughan Road and the road itself have attractive large, bow-fronted Victorian houses, perfect for families.

Standard of Living in Stratford

Stratford’s clientele has changed; it now attracts young families, professionals and buy-to-let investors. There are good schools in the area, and it is home to one of the largest shopping centres in Europe; Westfield Shopping Centre has over 300 stores and 80 food outlets. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a legacy to the Olympics and a large park in which to enjoy outdoor space.

In close proximity to the City and Canary Wharf Stratford is popular for professionals in the financial sector. The Olympic Sports Centre is deal for fitness fanatics. Stratford is a diverse, rich and vibrant area to live, growing in popularity year on year.

Other Living necessities in Stratford

Stratford has a number of schools in the area, including two new state schools and a sixth form. School 21 received ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted, for age’s 4-to-18-years-old. None of the purely primary schools have received ‘outstanding’ but Park Primary, Colegrove, Mabor, Ranelagh, Maryland, St James CofE and St Anthony’s RC have all received ‘good’ from Ofsted.

Outstanding secondary schools are St Angela’s Ursuline and St Bonaventure’s. The Montessori Preparatory School is the closet private school in Leyton. Stratford is also home to the Muslim private schools Hafs Academy, Azhar Academy and Quwwat-ul-Islam.

Shops wise, you cannot hope for more, large supermarkets include Waitrose, Marks and Spencer’s, and Sainsbury’s. There is also a Vue cinema in Westfield’s. London Aquatics Centre is now a council run swimming pool for those who like to keep fit. There is a library in Westfield’s and the area has over 20 place of worship for varying faiths.

Places to visit near Stratford

Barking, Walthamstow and Stoke Newington are all close by. The O2, which is host to famous performers, bands, comedians and singers is a short journey away, as is the City of London and Canary Wharf, for those who work in this arena. From Stratford it is easy to reach many of London’s top tourist hotspots during your down time, including the Tower of London, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Due to its great transport links it is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of London.