Putting itself on the digital map, Stratford in the East End of London has launched a free mobile phone app highlighting the vast array of things to do and see for visitors to this newly regenerated part of the city that will be seen by billions this summer as it plays host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Find out more and how to download it.
You won't have any problems getting here; Stratford has fast and efficient tube, rail, road and air connections to the rest of London, Britain and abroad. Exiting the station you will see The Shoal, a dramatic sculpture of 80 giant-sized titanium ‘leaves' on 16 metre poles, which shimmers around the Stratford Centre mall.
In and around the Centre, there is a great choice of easy-to-reach shops, stalls, bars and cafés, offering an eclectic mix of goods and services at excellent value for money. You can sample the best food and cooking from all corners of the world, including Asian, Caribbean, Italian, Latin American and much more; indulge in expert nail, hair and beauty treatments; choose clothes, shoes, CDs, electronics and household goods at affordable prices.
There are over 300 shops, restaurants and cafés in Westfield Stratford City. Anchored by John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, the three-level curved mall also features outdoor spaces. Looping high over Stratford is Britain's tallest sculpture the 114m ArcelorMittal Orbit, with breathtaking views over the city. Stratford has a fantastic choice of entertainment. Westfield offers a 17-screen cinema and 14-lane bowling alley.
The Cultural Quarter hosts drama, music, comedy, dance and film productions, alongside its restaurants and bars. Stratford Circus will be closed during the Games. Theatre Royal Stratford East is Nigeria's national hospitality house, and will remain open to the public with a programme of events to celebrate Nigerian arts and culture. For a step back in time, visit Three Mills Island and surrounding waterways - a beautiful conservation area for industrial heritage and abundant wildlife. This tranquil waterside area is a living lesson on an era of huge technological and social change.
Visit the House Mill to see how grain would have been milled for the London gin trade, also visit the café. You can get on a Water Chariot at Three Mills Island and arrive at the Olympic Park by boat.
There's so much to see and do in Stratford, we are sure you will want to visit again. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.