67.6 F
London
HomeCultureLondonism: IKEA Building It's Own Village in East London

Londonism: IKEA Building It’s Own Village in East London

London Forecast

London
clear sky
67.6 ° F
71.5 °
62.5 °
75 %
0.3mph
0 %
Tue
83 °
Wed
82 °
Thu
76 °
Fri
73 °
Sat
78 °
USD - United States Dollar
GBP
1.28
EUR
1.08
CAD
0.73
AUD
0.67

Popular London Tours

Popular

Castles and Keeps: Castles to Visit In and Around London

London and its surrounding areas are steeped in history,...

The Tube: 10 Interesting Facts about the Circle Line

The Circle Line is one of London’s oldest Tube...

Londinium: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Roman London

  Londinium was the Roman name given to the settlement...

Exploring London’s 20 Oldest Historic Pubs: A Journey Through Time

London holds within its labyrinthine streets a treasure trove...

Built London: Top Ten Most Beautiful Victorian Buildings in London

What we think of as “Victorian” architecture more refers...

Top 10 Stores to Visit on Oxford Street

Oxford Street is a shopper's paradise with a wide...

Blitz Wartime Kingsway Tunnels to be opened for tourists

Plans are underway to transform the subterranean passageways beneath...

Share

I came across this article and found it really interesting – Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is building it’s own neighborhood in East London after the Olympics.

From CNBC:

Inter IKEA Holding Services, the intellectual property owners of the home-goods retail monolith, recently announced plans to build an entire neighborhood in Stratford, East London, just south of the Olympic Park, where the 2012 Olympics will take place.

The new district, Strand East, will include 1,200 homes, of which about 40 percent will have three or more bedrooms. Strand East will also have a 350-room Courtyard by Marriott [MAR 29.24 -0.77 (-2.57%) ] hotel, 480,000 square feet of offices, shops, cafes, restaurants, a school, a nursery, and a health-care facility, allowing residents to accomplish daily errands and needs without having to drive.

The 26-acre neighborhood-in-progress is being designed to include car-free pedestrian zones, courtyards and landscaped grounds, while the planned underground parking means vehicles will be stowed tidily out of sight. The parcel is bordered on two of three sides by waterways, so the community might take on a Venice-like feel, with a water taxi service, a floating cocktail bar, and moorings that will be available for residents’ use.

Read more here.

Sounds really cool. I’m a big fan of IKEA products! Bet it’d be a cool place to live.

Author: jonathan

Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia.net in 2007 to channel his passion for Britain. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London.

Book London Tours Now!