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Situated in the borough of Newham in east London, Stratford became the centre of the world’s attention when it hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The city offers many attractions linked to the event.
If you intend to travel further afield, a Stratford hire car will easily help stretch your visit to many other beautiful towns nearby just outside London.
Many short-haul European flights arrive at London City Airport, from where you can get the Docklands Light Railways (DLR) directly to Stratford station. Stansted or Luton airports are also nearby, but the majority of international flights arrive at Gatwick Airport, about 50 miles from Stratford. From Gatwick, a hire car will get you to Stratford in approximately one hour and 10 minutes.
In the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park take a tour to the top of the 376ft ArcelorMittal Orbit, Britain’s tallest sculpture and observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor. Then visit the venue which hosted all Olympic swimming events, the London Aquatics Centre, a design work by the late architect Zaha Hadid.
Between May and September, the Roof East in the Stratford shopping centre, opposite Stratford station, offers open air screenings of classic films. For retail therapy indulge yourself at Westfield Stratford City, the UK’s third largest shopping centre. Young children can have a delightful time at the Discovery Children's Story Centre in the high street. Here children can let their imagination go wild at the centre’s interactive story trail and their outdoor story garden. Theatre lovers should check out the latest productions at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
In Stratford you can pick up a hire car from one of the following companies:
By booking a Stratford car hire, you can easily get away to other destinations worth visiting.
Drive a little over an hour northbound via the M11 to Cambridge for a tour round the beautiful colleges of the prestigious Cambridge University, or indulge in half a million pieces of artwork in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Canterbury, an hour and a half to the southeast on the M2, is home to Canterbury Cathedral, part of the Unesco World Heritage Site and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England.
Norwich is a two-hour drive northeast via the M11 and the A11. The city has got the highest number of medieval churches in England after London. Norwich Cathedral is also famous for the peregrine falcons nesting on its building. A must-see is the historic building of Dragon Hall and its spectacular Great Hall, with a timber crown post roof and decorated with carved dragons. For a boating and sailing holiday, head for the Norfolk Broads, east of Norwich.
Drive on the left side of road and only overtake on the right. At roundabouts get in the correct lane as soon as possible and stay there; indicate if you’re turning right or left; give way to the traffic on the right side.
British car hire companies generally provide manual transmission cars. If you prefer an automatic one, you need to specifically request one to your car rental company.
Seat belts are obligatory by law in the UK. When driving, always keep your ID, driver’s licence and car insurance documents at hand.
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