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

Getting there

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.

Comptoir Libanais

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.

Urban Gentry


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


Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.
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