East London: How to get there, where to stay, what to do
By Andrea Sachs,
For winter travel, British Airways flies nonstop from Washington Dulles to London Heathrow from $699 round trip.
Where to stay
Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford City
196 High St., Stratford
Official Olympic sponsor. Within walking distance of Olympic Park, rail station and Westfield mall. Rates from $140, with breakfast.
2-4 Boundary St., Shoreditch
A dozen rooms inspired by different designers and movements, such as Bauhaus. On-site restaurant, rooftop bar, British grocer, etc. Rooms from $250.
Where to eat
Herb & Spice
11A Whites Row, Brick Lane
Authentic Indian cuisine near Spitalfields market. Tandoori from $12.50; house specialties from $17.
2 Stratford Pl., Stratford
Organic Lebanese dishes served in Westfield mall’s food court. Meze plates from about $6.65; large salads from $11.
20 Dalston Lane, Dalston
Ingredients for the cafe — herbs, eggs, veggies — sourced on the spot. Sandwiches from about $4.70.
What to do
Blue Badge Guide walking tour
Selection of walking tours around Olympic Park, morning and afternoon. $14, cash only.
Olympic Delivery Authority tour
Free bus tour inside Olympic Park grounds. Reservations required. Weekends only.
Insider private walking tours, including one of the East End. $240 for group tour.