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A taxi driver's guide to London Stratford

It’s easy to dismiss this part of East London as little more than the Westfield Centre and the Olympic Park. But for those people who are based here, it’s so much more. Which is why finding the right Stratford taxi service is crucial. At Addison Lee minicabs, we aren’t just our luxury cars. We aren’t just a sense of security. We’re not even that vital reliability that always gets you where you need to go on time. We’re all of these things together – and all for 30% less than your average black cab.

When London hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 2012, Britain had to prepare itself for the largest and most demanding collective national effort since WWII. And with 8.8m incoming spectators, a lot of that ambition (and money) had to be used to develop public transportation. Which is why, when you step off the concourse at Stratford Train Station and think to yourself ‘oh, this is nice’, you’re probably experiencing just a splash of the £6.5bn spent on developing the area. But of course, only a small tranche of that money went into reinvigorating the station. Which is why we urge you to jump in one of our luxury cars and follow this Stratford taxi driver’s guide to exploring the area for all its other goodies, Olympic or otherwise. Partly owing to the spotlight brought on the area from the Olympics and partly because of a diversifying property market, East London has fast become a pretty desirable area. And while the locals will tell you that it’s always been that way – Stratford is the busiest station in the UK outside of central London – the truth is the rest of us have only just started to sit up and take note. Whether it’s apples and pears, trouble and strife or would you adam and eve it? Stratford sits at the heart of cockney east London. Housing the famous Bobby Moore’s famous alma mater West Ham FC, the Westfield centre for indulgent levels of shopping and the ArcelorMittal Orbit for unpronounceable sculpture. Stratford is just waiting for your visit.

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