Here are some photos I took of the Stratford City area during our recent ten-day visit to London:
Our hotel in Westfield Centre. The Staybridge Suites Hotel is on the upper floors and the Holiday Inn occupies the lower floors.
Westfield Centre is the largest shopping center in Europe with more than 300 stores and 90 restaurants. It opened in September 2011.
Fashion videos constantly projected on the wall across the plaza from our hotel. Can you see me and my camera?
Stratford Centre from the steps leading to the bridge to Westfield. This shopping center opened in 1974 and was refurbished in 1998. Stratford Station is to the right. There you will find the London Underground (two Tube lines, Central and Jubilee), the DLR (Dockland Light Rail) and National Railway Services (overground trains). We relied on the Tube for getting around London during our ten-day stay.
View from steps leading to the Premier Inn on the north side of Westfield, about five minutes from our hotel. Stratford International opened in 2009 and has platforms for high-speed trains to Kent and to St Pancras International and the EuroStar. It also services the DLR. The Manhattan Loft skyscrapers will be completed in 2016 and will feature community lofts in lieu of private balconies. The buildings in the background were used to house the athletes who competed in last year’s Olympic Games.
The Tap East microbrewery is adjacent to the Premier Inn.
The Premier Inn lobby area.
Another view (see previous posting) from the 12th floor lobby of our hotel. Most of the tall buildings are in the Docklands and Canary Wharf areas of southeast London. The white building on the extreme left was once called the Millennium Dome and is now referred to as the O2 and is used for concerts.