East London: How to get there, where to stay, what to do

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Getting there

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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

877-834-3613

www.hiexpress.com

Official Olympic sponsor. Within walking distance of Olympic Park, rail station and Westfield mall. Rates from $140, with breakfast.

Boundary

2-4 Boundary St., Shoreditch

011-44-20-7729-1051

www.theboundary.co.uk

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

011-44-20-7247-4050

www.herbnspice.co.uk

Authentic Indian cuisine near Spitalfields market. Tandoori from $12.50; house specialties from $17.

Comptoir Libanais

2 Stratford Pl., Stratford

011-44-20-8811-2222

www.lecomptoir.co.uk

Organic Lebanese dishes served in Westfield mall’s food court. Meze plates from about $6.65; large salads from $11.

Farm:Shop

20 Dalston Lane, Dalston

011-44-20-3490-5124

farmlondon.weebly.com

Ingredients for the cafe — herbs, eggs, veggies — sourced on the spot. Sandwiches from about $4.70.

What to do

Blue Badge Guide walking tour

011-44-20-7403-1115

www.tourguides2012.co.uk

Selection of walking tours around Olympic Park, morning and afternoon. $14, cash only.

Olympic Delivery Authority tour

www.london2012.com

011-44-300-2012-001

Free bus tour inside Olympic Park grounds. Reservations required. Weekends only.

Urban Gentry

011-44-20-8149-6253

www.urbangentry.com

Insider private walking tours, including one of the East End. $240 for group tour.

Information

www.london2012.com

www.visitlondon.com

 
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