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Ever since the 2012 London Olympics, the district of Stratford has been on everybody's lips. As there was much investment into the area, Stratford is now home to a world-class shopping centre – Westfield – as well as the London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley Velo Park and ArcelorMittal Orbit. You are just under 10 minutes from central London via tube, and there are several attractions you can stop at on the way including the Tower of London and Monument, which commemorates the Great Fire of London. With a wealth of shops, eateries, parks and sporting activities, Stratford is a great place to stay in East London.
If you want easy access to main Stratford attractions such as Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, London Aquatics Centre and ArcelorMittal Orbit, choose Stratford hotels close to the High Street. They are within a short walk of the underground and light railway offering easy access to central London.
You could opt to stay closer to the River Thames around Canary Wharf. There are budget chain and luxury pads, along with stylish bars, restaurants and shopping malls. You can access the fascinating Museum of London Docklands, and catch a boat to Westminster.
If you are flying in or out of London City Airport, you could consider hotels closeby, and still access the shopping and sporting stadiums of Stratford. Choose hotels around Victoria Dock Road and Canning Town and you can jump on the tube to Stratford.
Summer months and half-term weeks are busy with families, couples and groups who flock to Stratford to view the city from ArcelorMittal Orbit. This is the tallest sculpture in the UK, equipped with a tunnel slide which offers incredible vistas. Book hotel rooms early to gain competitive deals and compare cheap hotels for 2018 on dealchecker.
Visiting during the week can gain you better room rates in Stratford. Many people head for Westfield Shopping Centre and the sporting arenas at the weekend, so planning a weekday stay can snag you a bargain.
Spring, summer and winter months are great times to experience East London. You can take in a football match at West Ham, explore the Tower of London or delve into the history of the docklands. Room rates can be cheaper if you avoid bank holidays, so book in advance to achieve competitive room rates.