Stratford was the centre of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seventeen of the 26 Olympic sports took place within a 15-minute walk of Stratford Station. The Olympic legacy continues to make Stratford a great place to take part in sport or to watch major for sporting events.
The Stadium is currently under redevelopment and will open again in 2016 when it becomes the new home of West Ham United Football Club and the National Competition Centre for athletics.
In Stratford you can swim and dive at the London Aquatics Centre, play badminton at the Copper Box Arena, cycle at the Lee Valley VeloPark, and participate or watch sport at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
These state-of-the-art sporting arenas are joined by the striking ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower. This looping steel sculpture is Britain's largest piece of public art, at 115m (377ft) tall. It offers breathtaking views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
In the Westfield Stratford City shopping mall there is also a bowling alley with 14 lanes available.
Westfield Stratford City is a striking, three-storey curved shopping centre. It is Europe’s largest urban shopping destination and houses more than 300 shops. Shopping in London doesn't get much bigger than this.
Large-scale outlets such as John Lewis and Marks and Spencer sit alongside fashion brands likeTop Shop, Prada, Primark, Forever 21 and Mulberry, and toy stores like Lego.
Exchange foreign currency in Stratford by visiting the Stratford Post Office Bureau de Change.
Westfield Stratford City has more than 70 food and drink outlets to discover.
The Stratfordrestaurants cover an international range of tastes. For example, you can enjoy Chinese at Ping Pong, Brazilian at Cabana, Greek at The Real Greek, or American at TGI Friday’s.
Things to do in Stratford
Theatre, Cinema and Casino.
The UK’s biggest casino can be found at Westfield Stratford City, in addition to an all-digitalcinema that has 17 screens to choose from.
Stratford's other notable attractions include the Discover Children's Storytelling Centre, arts venueStratford Circus, independent cinema Stratford Picturehouse, and the gorgeous Victorian theatre,Theatre Royal Stratford East.