Moving to Stratford
Are you moving to Stratford? The original tiny pre-Roman village, famed for its weaving, brewing, tanning and milling has exploded into one of the biggest urban renewal project ever seen in Europe. After a massive revamp for the 2012 London Olympics, Stratford is currently a highly sought-after residential area, located in East London in the Borough of Newham.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Stratford report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Stratford On the Map
The original tiny pre-Roman village, famed for its weaving, brewing, tanning and milling has exploded into one of the biggest urban renewal project ever seen in Europe. After a massive revamp for the 2012 London Olympics, Stratford is currently a highly sought-after residential area, located in East London in the Borough of Newham.
As a key transport hub Stratford is only 15 minutes from the Tower of London by DLR, 11 minutes to Liverpool Street Station on TFL, and 20 minutes on the Central line Tube to Oxford Circus, 4 minutes by train or around 20 minutes by road to Canary Wharf, making the area popular for people commuting into the City. London Airport is 17 minutes by DLR, which runs every few minutes. Heathrow Airport is 45 minutes by tube and rail and would be the same by car or bus if there was no traffic. Unfortunately, London traffic is a problem most of the time.
With bus stations, a coach station, tube stations, DLR, TFL, and taxis, transport around all the London boroughs will never be in issue here.
As the subject of London’s biggest regeneration in the last ten years, this busy, established, diverse suburb has been totally transformed. Fifteen years ago the area was in serious decline, but with all the newly built properties, the above-mentioned transport links, the Westfield Shopping Mall and the Olympic Park, it appears to have risen from the ashes.
The least expensive area is near the West Ham Tube station, with the most expensive being in and around the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The best streets to live in, outside the Olympic Park, are Eleanor Rd, Onyx Mews, The Green, Aileen Walk, Burford Rd, Flint Close, Jupp Road West, Moorey Close, Angel Lane and Alden Avenue.
Around the town centre, Victorian terraced houses line the leafy streets, with many clustered around West Ham Park with its formal gardens and open areas.
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
The Olympic Park is centrally located for four east London boroughs, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Parts of the park were reopened in 2013, with the majority of others in 2014, including the Lee Valley VeloPark with a variety of cycling conditions, and the dynamic Orbit observation tower.
THE INTERNATIONAL QUARTER
The International Quarter is a 22-acre site inside the park, offering 25,000 new employment opportunities, 4 million square feet of sustainable offices, 330 new homes in an area called Glasshouse Gardens and 3 acres of civic and open space, and is aiming for completion in late 2016. It is accessible from Stratford station.
Outposts are being planned here by major institutions such as Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A East), and the University of the Arts London, with the Smithsonian Institution building its first exhibition space outside of the United States. University College London intends to open a new campus here.
The International Quarter has mad every effort to ensure the comfort and growth of its people, connecting entertainment, public space, workplaces and sports facilities.
3,600 apartments in the East Village, formerly the Olympic athlete’s village, offer between 1 to 4 bedroomed, mainly furnished, modern and functional flats for rental, and has been named the Development of the Decade. Rentals range from £410 to £855 per week furnished, £650 per week for a 3-bed unfurnished. Each home has its own outdoor area, from balconies to enclosed courtyards, with walks and parks, great sporting facilities in the Olympic Park, 22 miles of nature trails and paths, and 25 acres of green space.
The Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre is on-site and offers both GPs and dentists.
The new Pudding Mill Lane allotment gardens have been opened just off Warton Road to replace the former Manor Garden allotments, which were used in the construction of the Olympic Park.
Who Lives and Works in Stratford
A popular area for expats from Eastern Europe, Australia, and South Africa, for its vibey feel and the close proximity to the commercial business districts, this region has grown considerably since the last census due to the revamp, redevelopment and investment in the area.
That being said, the 2011 census indicated that the population was 17,768, 48% female and 52% male. The average age was 31. 43% of people living in the area were born in the UK, with the balance a mix of nationalities, including from Bangladesh, India, South America and Ireland.
Occupations listed by people in the area included 21% professional, 16% elementary, 15% associate professional and technical, 8.4% senior officials and directors, along with admin and secretarial, pure admin, sales and customer service, public service and business associate professionals, and skilled trades. All in all, it adds up to very diverse skill-sets with no particular trends.
The Best Bits
With a fortune of high street shops, restaurants, and bars, along with the new Westfield Stratford City and the older Stratford Centre, residents and visitors are truly spoilt for choice.
Westfield Stratford City, situated on the park’s boundary, is jam-packed with the best retailers that the UK has to offer, along with cinemas, bowling alleys, a huge food court featuring food from all over the globe, the biggest casino in the country, and nearby a kids story centre, and a rooftop film club.
The Stratford Centre mall is still open, amidst early fears that Westfield’s modern, up-market presence would close it down. However, it has been renovated, is still a busy centre, and has a strange appeal to the youth. Every night, after the shops have closed, the skaters and dancers move in and seem to be allowed to use the centre as a skate park. Some of them stay until 4am, and they come from far and wide.
Green spaces include the Olympic Park and Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park. Although the latter may sound a bit gloomy, burials haven’t been done here since 1966. The riverbank path takes you away from the traffic to Three Mills Green, and the 18th century House Mill, hosting guided tours of the mechanisms, talks, and exhibitions during the summer months. It is the largest tidal mill in the world. From here, wander down the canal path for a good couple of miles, ending up at Limehouse Basin and the River Thames. This 32-acre woodland park, rich in butterfly and bird life, offers guided nature tours and historical walks.
Springfield Park is a couple of miles northwest, with 40 acres of conservation areas and gardens. The Springfield café serves homemade goodies and juices.
Mudchute Park & Farm, on the Isle of Dogs, is the largest city farm in London. Cows and sheep roam freely on the 32-acre park. If you couldn’t see the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, you would think you were in the countryside. A great day out for the kids, a café is open for local dishes.
Chatsworth Road in Hackney’s long-running market died a death in the 90s but has been reinvented as a Sunday market selling anything from knick-knacks and artisan food to homemade produce, vintage clothing, and jewellery. Restaurants and coffee shops cater seasonal fare.
The Queen Elizabeth Park offers bicycle hire, kids spaces, and the wetlands. The design was to restore and preserve the environment by planting native plant species and restoring wetland habitats.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the largest public work of art in the country at 375.5 feet high, a fantastic steel tower which is the tallest structure in Britain and is a huge tourist attraction. Featuring a 584-foot slide, with dark and light sections that circle the structure 12 times, it’s breathtaking fun for children and adults alike.
The Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre, now known as the London Aquatic Centre, is another post-Olympic re-configuration and is a beautiful wave-shaped centre, with two 160-foot pools, open to the public.
Bringing the Kids
With 69 primary schools and 19 secondaries within the borough, remember that public schools generally only admit pupils from their catchment areas, so it’s important that the correct residential area is chosen. Public schools are free-of-charge, whereas private schools are quite expensive.
The New Chobham Academy, located in the East Village within the Olympic Park, is very impressive, catering for 1800 students throughout their school career, from ages 3 to 18. It has an adult learning facility. Specialising in English and the Performing Arts, the school’s goal is to ensure that the scholars become great communicators. The school offers all students a well-balanced and nourishing lunch.
In the area are a number of colleges and universities, including University College London, opening their new campus. The University of East London has a major campus in Stratford, with their main building being University House, which dates back to the 19th-century, a listed, historical building.
Birbeck, University of London is close by, as is the London School of Business. Newham College, East Ham Campus, London Academy of Excellence and St Patricks are all in the vicinity. With the City close by with the excellent transport links, the choice of tertiary education is almost limitless in any field.
London hosts many international schools, many at a distance from Stratford.
Relocating to Stratford
Arguably the most modern suburb of London, Stratford offers all conveniences within a popular area. Gone is the run-down, shabby old Stratford, replaced by modern buildings and structures and state-of-art apartments within the park, with reasonable rentals on houses outside of the park, accessible and massive shopping centres, and lovely green spaces.
Stratford, as a major transport hub, ensures that Canary Wharf, and the City are convenient for commuters.
With good educational facilities and huge green areas, families have many recreational facilities, along with numerous eateries. All Star Lanes is a 14-lane bowling alley within the Westfield mall.
Young professionals have many gastropubs including the Grade 2 listed King Edward VII and The Cow, and more traditional London pubs dotted around the streets and corners.
Stratford is a great choice for employees being located to London, but the many residential choices, coupled with a large variety of schools, need to be carefully navigated. Saunders 1865 are experts in the relocation field and will give every care to ensure that the stress is removed, and the decisions made will suit the whole family.
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