If you’re looking for some Stratford charm outside of the East Village, there’s no shortage of things to do in E15. While Stratford may be most frequently associated to the Olympics and the Athletes’ Village, there are plenty of pre-2012 offerings in the area.
King Eddie’s is a Victorian pub that was last refurbished in 1914 – so needless to say it is bursting with history and charm – and no less in its name. Initially named The King of Prussia, it underwent a name change in 1914 for the sake of patriotism during the First World War.
Almost equidistant between Stratford Station and Maryland Station is The Old Town Hall, a Victorian venue that is often used for receptions, conferences, concerts and events. It has been described as ‘the finest building in Essex’ (it didn’t become a part of Greater London until 1965), and with its impressive Victorian features there’s no questioning why it achieved such a title.
Cart & Horses Pub and Hotel, just a minute’s walk away from Maryland Station, in the North East of Stratford - is known for its Friday and Saturday night live music, and for being the birthplace of Iron Maiden after they started a residency at the pub in 1976. This has turned the pub into a pilgrimage site for dedicated fans, with their memorabilia adorning the walls.
Stratford is home to many good and outstanding schools, but perhaps most notable is School 21 – a cutting edge state funded school for children aged 4 – 18. Peter Hyman – Tony Blair’s former strategist – set it up in 2013 with the intention of delivering a different, more modern way of teaching. With focuses on technology, wellbeing and dedicated lessons in oracy, the school intends to teach its students to equip them with the tools they need to become successful in the 21st Century.
If the modernity of the East Village isn’t your cup of tea, Maryland is home to several Victorian terraced properties, many of which are well priced in comparison to the rest of London.
Being as well connected as Stratford and Maryland are – just 15 minutes drive from the motorway, 7 minutes drive from East India Pier, and on DLR, tube and overground lines, it’s not hard to see why so many people are finding their next home in E15. Property Detective reports that the average age of local residents are 32 years old, and the area is popular with families with older children.