Stratford Waterfront/East Bank


Stratford Waterfront was the site of the temporary water polo pool during the 2012 Games.

Since then it has been cleared, leveled and tarmacked and it has been used both for hosting public events and as staging or "back of house" support areas for hospitality or media during larger events held nearby on the Park. It occupies 20,000m2 and has a maximum capacity of 20,000 people. It is the only large event space in the Park to be fully hard-surfaced.

The most popular of the public events to be staged in this area is Beach East, where a funfair, an olympic-sized paddling pool, restaurants and bars and over a thousand tonnes of sand combine to form the UK's largest urban beach. During its 2015 season, it held up to 5,000 visitors at a time, for 2016 this capacity was increased to 8,000.

During its 2016 season, Beach East also hosted the big screens for a fanzone for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, allowing Olympic fans to watch the 2016 Olympic Games in the shadow of the iconic 2012 venues.

Stratford Waterfront Future as "East Bank"

Plans for the future of Stratford Waterfront are well advanced and planning permission for the East Bank development was granted in June 2019. It will be developed as a major cultural hub and is due to open in 2023/4. It is anticipated that the new development will create 2,500 jobs and add an extra £1.5bn to the local economy, including adding 1.5m extra visitors to the Park each year.

  • Sadler's Wells Dance Company will build a theatre complex which includes a 550-seater theatre and development, rehearsal and workshop spaces. It will also establish a Choreography School and Hip Hop Academy.

  • The BBC will relocate its music studios to East Bank. The new facility will include state of the art recording facilities and will be the home of the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra. It will host recording sessions and live performances across all genres from global stars to emerging talent. These facilities, alongside an extensive programme of learning and outreach projects and collaborations with partners in the cultural district, will contribute to establishing east London as a world destination for music.

  • UAL's London College of Fashion will consolidate their 6,500 staff and students from several other smaller sites into one campus on Stratford Waterfront.

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum will build a major seven-storey facility to house many of its artifacts which due to space restrictions in its central London museums would otherwise be left in storage, and to host major themed exhibitions. As part of the V&A initiative, America's Smithsonian Institute will also take space within the facility to hold special exhibitions from their collections.

  • Outdoor performance space, parkland, squares, restaurants and social space are all built into the design, as are residential areas of around 700 new homes at the Carpenters Road Lock end.

For additional details, click here to view the LLDC web page for East Bank.