The Stratford lodge evaluation, London: Jaw-dropping critiques and a good value



The Stratford fills the primary seven flooring of the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens – one among east London’s hanging new skyscrapers, and the newest mission of developer Harry Handelsman, whose earlier hits embody the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse in central London. The Stratford has 145 rooms and suites, whereas the constructing’s double-cantilevered higher part homes 248 flats for lengthy and short-term lets, plus communal “sky gardens” with superb panoramas of the English capital.

The lodge looms beside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (, which has modified big-time since Usain Bolt and co thrilled the crowds on the 2012 Games. New flats, bars, eateries, gardens and artwork installations have sprung up round this waterway-spliced expanse. English Premier League membership West Ham United has moved into the outdated Olympic Stadium, and it is also dwelling to a high-tech purpose-built venue staging digital ABBA live shows, with avatars of the Nordic Fab Four showing beside a reside band. Next door to the lodge is Stratford International, the place high-speed rail whizzes you to St Pancras (and King’s Cross) in below 10 minutes. Tube providers to the likes of Oxford Circus and London Bridge go away from one other station, on the different facet of an enormous Westfield mall, by Stratford’s gradually-gentrifying city centre.


The lodge has a shiny, considerably Scandi-chic really feel, courtesy of Space Copenhagen, the Danish inside design studio behind the unique Noma restaurant. In the triple-height foyer, company and residents chat, linger and use the quick, free hotel-wide Wi-Fi by a log-enclosed fireplace. It’s all very hygge (that magical Danish phrase for making a heat, convivial environment). Contemporary artwork from Harry Handelsman’s non-public assortment attracts your gaze right here and upstairs within the plush mezzanine bar, a “creative and musical hub”, the place you’ll be able to imbibe creative New York-inspired cocktails and have a go at spinning vinyls on Thursdays, hearken to reside music on Fridays and late-night DJs each Saturday.


Rooms have floor-to-ceiling home windows and are available sober tones, with pops of color, and soothing pure timbers and stone. The seven classes begin with the Standard, which feels bigger than its 23 sq. metres and has a super-snug queen or king-size mattress with Egyptian cotton sheets. There’s a desk, flat-screen TV, Dualit espresso machine and natural REN toiletries. The Manhattan Studio is the splash-out alternative, with sufficient house (65sq m) to host non-public events. Seating consists of raspberry-hued armchairs and sofas, and a round eating desk. The dazzling-white lavatory has a free-standing tub and walk-in bathe.


Helmed by chef Patrick Powell (previously of Chiltern Firehouse and Melbourne’s Cutler & Co), Allegra is a seventh ground fine-dining restaurant with a “modern European” farm-to-table ethos. Ingredients are sourced from the British Isles, together with Powell’s native County Mayo. E20 Kitchen is the lodge’s all-day, lobby-side eatery with a heated terrace and seasonal menus with Asian-Australasian influences. I take pleasure in full English breakfast right here and dinner, too (sea bass ceviche, wagyu burger and Madagascan vanilla cheesecake). Expect to pay round £40-£60 ($70-$100) for 3 programs.


The Olympic Park’s waterside working and biking trails are a fresh-air different to the lodge’s basement fitness center – and its pilates and yoga lessons. You can even e-book canal and river canoeing and kayaking journeys (, and slide or abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture. If you want road artwork, microbreweries and bakeries, the hip ex-industrial district of Hackney Wick is well worth the 20-minute stroll from the lodge.


The slick Stratford presents good worth in an more and more taking place a part of London, whereas glorious transport connections imply the town’s famed sights are nearer than you assume.


Rooms begin from round £120 ($212). The Stratford, 20 International Way, London, E20 1FD. See

THE SCORE (out of 5)



The larger you rise on this skyscraper, the extra jaw-dropping the London vistas (upper-level house company are the actually fortunate ones). For lodge company, Allegra’s seventh ground terrace bar is a pleasant elevated retreat, greened-up with bushes and wildflowers.


The location won’t be the London of your desires, however you’d fork out double (or extra) for this high quality of lodge within the capital’s extra touristy areas.

Steve McKenna was a visitor of The Stratford and Visit Britain (