The 2012 Olympics, rejuvenated London’s Stratford, and the shops and restaurants in the area are mostly a mix of East End heritage and slick modern chains. Shopping at the vast Westfield Centre and exploring the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park makes for hungry work, so we’ve listed best places to stop and refuel here.
In the shadow of the magnificent looping Arcelor Mittal Orbit structure created by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, East Twenty Bar and Kitchen is perfect for a light lunch with a view. The airy restaurant boasts an all-round panorama courtesy of huge picture windows plus an outdoor terrace for warm weather use.
Dar Marrakech is a short stroll from the Stratford Centre arcade, with its recently opened Rooftop Film Club, making it ideal as a post-film dining experience. As you step into the Moroccan/Lebanese restaurant, decorated chaotically with North African carpets, cushions, trinkets and lanterns you’ll feel a world away from the high street.
Dar Marrakech, 403 High St, London, Stratford, UK, 020 8221 0113
Ping Pong is famous for its clean, healthy dim sum dishes and sleek presentation. The Stratford restaurant is located on the second floor of Westfield, amidst designer outlets and high street shopping favourites. The kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs prepare your food, and bustling Ping Pong always offers opportunities for people-watching too.
Ping Pong, LRO9, Westfield Stratford City, London, UK, 020 7042 6290
This four star boutique hotel welcomes non-resident diners to its Halal menu restaurant. Sip The Westbridge Hotel‘s signature Westbridge mojito mocktail, and you are welcome to BYOB if you fancy something stronger.
The Westbridge Hotel, 335-337 High St, London, UK, 020 3327 4969
Consistently lauded, the Caribbean comfort food menu at the Theatre Workshop Bar where spiced chicken and curried goat steal the limelight. DJs spin tunes in the evenings and there is a daily extended happy hour between 5-6.30pm.