Guide to Stratford
Synonymous with the successful London 2012 Olympics, Stratford has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years with the arrival of the Westfield Shopping Centre – now the biggest shopping centre in Europe - and the legacy Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Aquatic Centre and new affordable housing in the former Olympic Village. Stratford is also home to the iconic Theatre Royal with its distinctive red and gold frontage. This 460 seat theatre has showcased local emerging talent since 1953 through the Theatre Workshop Company’s regular original productions, comedy and jazz nights and regular live music in the theatre bar.
Stratford is popular with both City workers and students with the University of East London (UEL) having a campus here. The Jubilee Line and DLR regularly serve Docklands and Canary Wharf and the Central line takes you to Bank in around 15 minutes.
From the Broadway you cannot ignore the imposing spire of St John’s Church which dates back to 1832. This Grade II listed building is known for its memorial to the Stratford Martyrs who lost their lives being burned at the stake during the reign of Queen Mary for their Protestant religious beliefs.