Shortcut straight to Stratford’s best bits with a curated stay at its newest hotel, home to east London’s highest rooftop bar and an artisan food market
After years of decline, it was all change for Stratford when this east London neighbourhood was remodelled ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, the reversal of fortunes has only gained momentum, with the area now a major hub for shopping and cultural highlights. Few places epitomise its newfound status better than the undulating, eye-catching appeal of The Gantry hotel. Located in Stratford’s swanky East Village, there’s no better base than this swish stay to experience the best of the regenerated ‘burb.
While the idea of hanging out atop a multi-storey car park isn’t most people’s idea of fun, Roof East will soon change that. The huge summer-only space is home to a veritable smorgasbord of fun and food. This playground for grown-ups might feature the likes of crazy golf and lawn bowls, together with a load of street-food options and bars serving up craft beers and cocktails. Always in residence are old cars repurposed as plant pots and seating. Events such as yoga and alfresco movie nights, projected on a big screen, are regular fixtures.