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A wooden pavillion appears in Stratford
A wooden pavillion appears in Stratford

A wooden pavillion appears in Stratford

A shallow wooden pavilion has appeared amongst Stratford's office blocks, a building that needed to be light enough to sit above a railway tunnel that was never designed to be built on.

Sep
30
2021
Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering
Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering

Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering

The twisted red mass of tubes next to the Olympic Stadium that was supposed to be a local landmark is proving to be more of a millstone for the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Aug
28
2019
A look inside the 42-story Stratford skyscraper
A look inside the 42-story Stratford skyscraper

A look inside the 42-story Stratford skyscraper

The tallest tower in Stratford is either slightly late, or very late, depending on how you calculate it.

Jun
04
2019
Funding secured for new entrance at Stratford tube station
Funding secured for new entrance at Stratford tube station

Funding secured for new entrance at Stratford tube station

A planned additional entrance to Stratford tube station next to the Jubilee line has secured additional funding from Newham council.

May
17
2019
Tickets Alert: Tour of a 42-story building
Tickets Alert: Tour of a 42-story building

Tickets Alert: Tour of a 42-story building

Fancy a visit the sky garden at the top of a 42-storey private residential tower in Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Park?

May
07
2019
Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary
Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary

Stratford’s oldest building – the Old Dispensary

Just around the corner from the main shopping area in Stratford is an old building -- the Old Dispensary, and it's the oldest building in the town.

Apr
08
2019
Giant black sphere coming to Stratford
Giant black sphere coming to Stratford

Giant black sphere coming to Stratford

An ominous giant sphere could be coming to Stratford, and despite its apocalyptic appearance, it's actually a concert hall.

Mar
27
2019
The Pigeons pub and hotel
The Pigeons pub and hotel

The Pigeons pub and hotel

Not a pub or hotel, and not for pigeons, but in Stratford is a grand old building that was once a pub and hotel for humans.

Mar
26
2019
The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial
The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.

Oct
28
2018
Have you met Robert the tank engine at Stratford?
Have you met Robert the tank engine at Stratford?

Have you met Robert the tank engine at Stratford?

When the mine closed in 1969, Robert said farewell to his friends and spent a happy retirement running up and down heritage railways. Pulling excited families along rural lines, it was a good retirement.

Apr
04
2018
The parish marker of a Rotherhithe church – in Stratford
The parish marker of a Rotherhithe church – in Stratford

The parish marker of a Rotherhithe church – in Stratford

If you wander along that broad avenue of Tesco Value Dubai that is post-Olympics Stratford High Street, you might spy a relic from the deep past.

Oct
06
2017
New entrance proposed for Stratford tube station
New entrance proposed for Stratford tube station

New entrance proposed for Stratford tube station

A new western side entrance to Stratford station has been approved, which will see easier access to the station from the side streets to the north of Stratford High Street.

Jan
20
2017
A look around the Jubilee Line train depot at Stratford
A look around the Jubilee Line train depot at Stratford

A look around the Jubilee Line train depot at Stratford

In 1879, the Great Eastern Railway opened a new fruit and veg market at Stratford which gave its name to the local Stratford Market train station. Connected to the local railway, it had 12 sidings to service the market. In

Oct
12
2012
How Green Was Our Olympic Park
How Green Was Our Olympic Park

How Green Was Our Olympic Park

When London's bid for the 2012 Olympics was presented, part of the arguments would be centered on its eco-credentials. It would be a public transport based Olympics, energy would be renewable. Well, some of it would be.

Jul
29
2012
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

A sight that the Olympics organisers hope to never see is an empty Olympic Park, but for me it was too good a chance to miss.

Jul
28
2012
A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis
A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis

A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis

One of the so-called "anchor tenants" within the gargantuan shopping centre next to the Olympic Park is John Lewis, and they have set aside part of their new department store as a 2012 shop and viewing area.

Oct
17
2011
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

A day later than I had originally expected, the DLR extension to Stratford International has finally opened to the general public.

Aug
31
2011
The DLR extension is finally opening
The DLR extension is finally opening

The DLR extension is finally opening

Update 30th Aug 5:55am: Despite the TfL website showing trains running every few minutes as expected, the platforms at Canning Town are still sealed off and a DLR train attendant told me they are still testing the line. No idea

Aug
25
2011
A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford
A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford

A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford

The other day I went to visit the train depot near Stratford where the Eurostar trains are repaired.

May
22
2011
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

…or not as it happens. On Saturday morning, I headed over towards Stratford to catch a steam train passing through the area, and hopefully to get some photos or video of the train with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

Mar
28
2011

A museum for the Emergency Services?

Reading this morning that the hanger sized grey monolith that will become the media centre for the Olympic games in 2012 faces an uncertain future got me pondering an idea I had some time ago. On my visit to the

Sep
24
2010

Transport developments in London

The latest issue of the transport plans for the Olympic Park has been published. From a rail transport perspective, the key points: Stratford Station Stratford station passenger numbers are expected to double by 2016. The trebling of capacity and improving

Aug
14
2008