It is only 1 week before the Olympic games starts here in lovely London town. So whether you are a local or a tourist flying in from America, Europe or even down-under, you need to know what the pubs in Stratford are like.
There is only 1 pub worth visiting in Stratford, the best pub
In our continued search to bring you the best pubs in London, we ventured out east to the locality of Stratford. The London Olympics will be held here and it can be expected that the locality will be flooded with tourists. It is our duty therefore, to do some research to find the pubs that are worth visiting. Sadly, out of the 15 odd pubs in Stratford we went to, there is really only 1 pub that we at the London Pub Crawl Company can recommend. Most pubs in the east end are dedicated to televisions and gambling machines and the pub becomes more of a utility, rather than somewhere you can just sit and enjoy the ambiance with your friends. Here is our verdict and we apologies to those publicans who don’t make the grade.
The King Edward VII is the only pub worth visiting in Stratford
King Edward VII – 47 Broadway E15 4BQ
Our research took us the the King Edward VI, located not too far from the station and shopping centre. Walling towards this pub, it has a promise of being something a little more akin to a good English pub. The 18th century facade is pleasing to look at and the historic architecture is continued inside. Stripped wood floors and wooden furniture give this pub a very traditional feel and the intimate nooks make it good for small groups. To the back and up some stairs is a large lounge area with skylights and art deco lighting. The pub exudes character and we would have no hesitation suggesting that if you are in need of a beer in Stratford, then the King William VI is where you should head.
And our view of the rest of Stratford pubs.
This is an average looking pub on the main road and short stroll from the underground station. A few fruit machines and advertises sky TV. It’s an OK sort of pub with a bit of a traditional feel. An acceptable second choice.
Tucked into a 1970′s style block, this was not an appealing pub at all. Keep walking and cross the road we reckon!
Over the road from the Langthorne is this large corporate style pub with large TVs. An acceptable option if in need.
Large sports pub, a little better than the rest around. We expect this to be busy during the games due to ease of access to the station. Not a bad option.
A bit of a run down band pub, hosting comedy nights. Looks rough from the outside but is quite pleasant inside. Not one to cross town for, but a better option in this area.
Over looking the one-way system is this large Wetherspoons pub. Cheaper beer and standard food. You get what you get at Wetherspoons – not to our liking!
Said to be the birthplace of Iron Maiden, the 1980s heavy metal band. Bands still play here, but it’s a locals sports pub mostly. Head banging or head punching – we’re not too sure! But if you are into Iron Maiden, then worth the walk.
Typical large east end Victorian era pub with fruit machines and TVs. Not the worst pub here and full of the elderly at lunchtime. Out the back of the shopping centre. Not recommended for late nights.
So there you have our run-down of the pub choices in Stratford town centre. We hope you enjoy your trip to the Olympic games and find our guide of use. Please remember that this is the East End of London and it is not known for being a safe area at night.
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