Stratford is located in the north-east of London, approximately six miles from the centre and, prior to 2012, it wasn't much of a tourist trap but a residential haven. Since being bestowed the privilege of hosting the 2012 Olympic Games however, all of that has changed and the sleepy little town is now vowing to become a major player in London commerce. Needless to say, it is a prime location for those looking to visit the city for the international games, and many new hotels have been erected for this purpose, including the Marlin Apartments Olympic View Stratford. Stratford station is well serviced by London transport. It's on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), Overground and Central Lines and is the terminus of the Jubilee Line. National Rail services go to Norfolk and Essex whilst Stratford International services Kent and the port of Dover.
Since inheriting the Olympic Games Stratford has undergone quite a transformation. In September of 2011 the expansive Westfield Stratford City shopping centre opened right next to the station and adjacent to the Olympic Park. As one of the largest in Europe, the shopping centre has over 300 shops and 70 restaurants as well as a 17 screen cinema, meaning that it can cater to couples or groups of friends looking for a relaxing evening out. The shopping centre also hosts two hotels, which are extremely well placed for anyone visiting the area for whatever reason. For two weeks across July and August of 2012 Stratford will be the focus of the world's attention during the Olympic Games, but after these are over the park will remain a tourist attraction. It will feature an element of commerce along with beautiful riverside gardens, becoming a safe habitat for rare species such as otters and kingfishers.
With over 70 restaurants in the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre alone, visitors are hardly going to go hungry. This is, in fact, where most of the area's restaurants are located but there are also a few options along the High Street, such as the modest but pleasant Lee's Overseas Restaurant. The shopping centre itself includes a fast food court, a world food court, breakfast venues and cuisines from all over the world including Britain, the Caribbean, Italy and the Mediterranean. There are also a good selection of vegetarian options and sandwich bars. There are also a few cafes to choose from along the main road.
On the outskirts of London Stratford isn't a party destination but it has a few traditional pubs and bars centred around the station and along West Ham Lane. Nightclubs are even harder to come by, but the most notable is Club Esika, which plays a mixture of Western and African music and is usually quite expensive to get into. For a quieter night out the 17 screens of the Vue cinema provide ample entertainment and there's also bowling available at the All Star Lanes next to the station.
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|4||Marlin Apartments Olympic View Stratford||0.5km|
|2||Ibis London Stratford||0.6km|
|3||Express by Holiday Inn London Stratford||0.6km|
|1||Kings Head Guest House||1.0km|
|3||Forest View Hotel||1.6km|
|Ramada Gatwick East Grinstead||2.0km|
|2||Sacred Heart Lodge||2.4km|
|1||Leyton Lodge Studios||2.8km|
|2||Forest Gate Hotel||2.9km|
|3||West Ham United Hotel||3.1km|
|3||Express by Holiday Inn Royal Docks/Docklands||3.2km|