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A scene from inside Crate, a bar and pizzeria on the border of Stratford and Hackney Wick.
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A guide to local favorites in Stratford

A scene from inside Crate, a bar and pizzeria on the border of Stratford and Hackney Wick.
  • By Lianne Kolirin
  • Photos by Harry Mitchell
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Not to be confused with Shakespeare’s birthplace, the pretty medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon, this east London neighborhood had little to offer visitors before 2012. But along came the Olympics, and with them huge amounts of much-needed investment. The world-class sporting facilities are now open to the public at affordable rates, nestled in the pristine surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Park. Westfield Stratford is a great rainy-day alternative, for shopping and dining, with a cinema, casino and bowling alley to boot.

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Lee Valley Velo Park
London has become a city for cyclists, but if you can’t face the traffic and pollution, here’s an excellent alternative. Choose from cycling on the indoor track, racing on the road circuit, tackling the mountain bike trails or practicing your stunts on the BMX track. With lessons available, you needn’t be an expert, and you can even stay as a spectator, taking in the mesmerizing action in the velodrome.
Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB
The Bat and Ball
Shopping is far from the only attraction inside the Westfield mall. A host of cool and stylish bars and restaurants line its outdoor area, simply named the Street. Among them is the Bat and Ball, which serves up gourmet pizza, an array of cocktails and loads of fun. Besides table tennis, have a go at beer pong, flip cup and even karaoke.
1110/11 The Street, Westfield, Montfichet Rd. Stratford, London E20 1EJ
Theatre Royal Stratford East
London is second only to Broadway when it comes to live drama. But while the West End may be the heart of the capital’s theaterland, there are excellent stages farther afield, too. More than 50 years old, this community arts center is celebrated for its diversity, creativity, and bold and edgy productions, often based on new writing.
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
Roof East
This once-empty rooftop parking lot has been transformed into Stratford’s place to be in the warmer months. Designed as an urban park, this seasonal attraction is intent on you chilling out and enjoying life. The people behind Roof East have thought of everything, from yoga and silent discos to shuffleboard and foosball — and they’ve thrown in great street food and drinks. During the holidays in December, Roof East holds special events, too.
Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi Story Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE
Crate Brewery
Like many of Stratford’s attractions, Crate Brewery was opened in time to coincide with the Olympics in 2012. Today the riverside brewery and bar showcases the best of British booze and also runs behind-the-scenes tours to uncover the history of brewing, the story of craft beer and the brewing process itself. Best of all, you get to taste the varied offerings.
Crate Brewery, Unit 7 Queens Yard, London E9 5EN
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Lianne Kolirin
Lianne grew up in London and has spent most of her life there, besides her long-gone university days in Manchester and an adventure-filled stint spent globe-trotting. A busy freelance journalist, she is also mum to three young Londoners, born and bred.
Harry Mitchell
Harry is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in London.
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