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From afternoon tea to the finest restaurants, Stratford is the place to dine.

As of the 2011 census, White British is the largest ethnic group in the Stratford and New Town ward, at 21% of the population, followed by Other White at 19% and Black African at 13%.[15]

Pudding Mill Lane is in the south of the Olympic Park (though it closed during the Olympics for safety reasons due to its size), and normally provides transport to the local factories. Served by the Docklands Light Railway to Stratford, Poplar and Canary Wharf, it is planned to be re-sited south as part of the Crossrail project.

There’s more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare, with a calendar full of events.

From big name stores to unique, individual shops, Stratford has something for everyone.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN 

The eastern part of Stratford is served by Maryland railway station. The Liverpool Street- Shenfield via Ilford and Romford service known as the Shenfield Metro service and runs every 10 minutes and is operated by TfL Rail. This service also calls at Stratford and is planned to be incorporated into the Crossrail service by 2017.

By the early 19th century, Stratford was an important transport hub, with omnibuses and coaches running into London four times every hour and coaches from East Anglia passing through hourly. The route into London was plied by Walter Hancock's steam coaches for a period during the 1830s.[7]

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Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael today announces the cast for the world première of Bonnie Greer’s new play...

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Whether you're an actor, industry professional or just someone looking for a great night out, MonologueSlamUK is the place to be!

Little snippets and Photographs from the Visit Stratford team.

By Bonnie Greer Inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

Stratford Regional is located on the National Rail Great Eastern Main Line, North London Line as well as the Lea Valley Lines. National Rail services: Abellio Greater Anglia, TfL Rail and London Overground. London Underground's Central and Jubilee lines both serve the regional station and link Stratford to Oxford Street, Wembley Stadium, Epping and Canary Wharf. The Jubilee line was extended to Stratford in 1999.

UK PREMIERE  - With book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs.  

Stratford is a significant transport hub, well served by bus routes, and with five railway stations.

East London blogger Antonia Windsor reveals the quickest way to get under the skin of Stratford.

Having enjoyed a great day out and an enjoyable show then why not make it a special occasion and spend the night in one of Stratford’s excellent hotels. Many of these establishments are full of character and steeped in Shakespearian history themselves, but as all are within easy walking distance of the theatres, then they make the ideal stop over venue.

By Bonnie Greer Inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

Home to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City, Stratford has enjoyed a dramatic facelift since it hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Just nine minutes on a Central line Tube from Central London, Stratford boasts the largest shopping mall in Europe, Britain’s tallest sculpture and a world-class swimming pool with a wave-shaped roof.

The more recent economic history has seen a move away from railway works and heavy industry towards becoming a commercial and cultural centre. Stratford is the location of the London Olympic Park, and has experienced massive regeneration and expansion throughout the last decade due to the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2011, Stratford had a population of 98,812.[citation needed]

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon introduces you to a market town with more than 800 years of history, containing not only many buildings that survive today and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, accommodation and shopping experiences. So take a moment to have a look around the site!

Pioneer Theatres Limited.Reg Office: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN


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Stratford is one of England’s most historic and vibrant towns. Each year we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. This website is designed to help you plan a visit, or just find out more.

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Read Antonia's area guide to Stratford to discover her favourite neighbourhood haunts.

It’s not just about Shakespeare! There’s loads of exciting attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A small dock and a number of wharves were operating on the River Lea at Stratford by the 1820s, serving the needs of local industries. However, the opening of the nearby Royal Victoria Dock in 1855 and the subsequent construction of the Royal Group of Docks (at one time the largest area of impounded water in the world), increased Stratford's importance as a transport and manufacturing centre.[8]

Stratford is a district of the London Borough of Newham in East London, England, 6 miles (9.7 km) east northeast of Charing Cross.[1]

A celebration of the power of teenagers and a community with a cause, the freshly re-imagined production returns to the stage, with a new design, cast and a highly charged musical score.

Built in 1868 as part of the new London sewerage system by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the building originally housed steam pumps and is a notable example of Italian style Gothic Revival architecture. It is opened to the public on an occasional basis, when the "flamboyant interior of enriched cast ironwork" can be seen. It was used to portray a lunatic asylum in the 2005 film Batman Begins, and is a Grade II* listed building.[39]

Within the churchyard of St John's is a memorial to the Stratford Martyrs, who were burned at the stake in 1556 during the reign of Queen Mary. The memorial itself is octagonal with terracotta plaques on each face, surmounted by a twelve sided spire. It was unveiled in 1878.[31]

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was extended to Stratford in 1987, and to Stratford International in 2011, with services to Poplar, Canary Wharf, Lewisham, London City Airport, the Excel Centre, Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal. A bus station is located adjacent to Stratford Regional with London Buses and National Express coach routes towards central, northeast London and Stansted Airport.[25]

Stratford has been a focus of regeneration for some years, and is the location of a number of major projects.

Stratford is the most significant retail and leisure centre in East London and has also become the second most significant (after Canary Wharf) business location in East London – this has led the area to become popularly referred to as the ‘capital of East London’ or ‘East London’s Town\City Centre’.