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Published August 2nd 2014
Play Chess in the Street
Never has the term 'high street' been more appropriate than with Chestnut Plaza; this pedestrian road of retail is quite literally an outdoor first floor to Westfield shopping centre in Stratford City, so you have to climb your way to get there.
Despite being away from the main high street, Chestnut Plaza is easy to find, as the steps up are directly in front of the exit to Stratford City Station. No need to go search; just straight off the tube, and you're there.
Its 'upstairs' arrangement is not the only quirk of Chestnut Plaza, as there are many other features you won't usually find on your usual high street.
As I said before, it is for pedestrians only, so there is no need to be constantly on the look out for cars, and you can give kids a bit more freedom to walk around, without keeping a tight hold of their hand.
Although there are shops down Chestnut Plaza, the area is mainly dedicated to al fresco dinning. No matter what cuisine you prefer, there will be something to suit your taste. For example, go to Wahaca for your Mexican, Cabana for your Brazilian, and The Real Greek for your...I'll let you figure that one out.
If you want to do shopping, then there are lots of top brand retailers inside Westfield shopping centre. Fashion labels include All Saints, La Coste, Armani Jeans, Fat Face, Dorothy Perkins, and more. There are plenty of technology centres too, such as Currys PC World, Apple, Bose, and the Carphone Warehouse. Meanwhile, kids will enjoy the Disney Store, Build-a-Bear, the Early Learning Centre, and Dolly Rocker Kids.
If you need to rest your feet, there are plenty of places to sit. You can even watch TV while you're doing it, as there is large wide screen television under a marquee, which broadcasts the news and major sporting events.
Other forms of entertainment include a small playground and a giant chess board. Walking down Chestnut Plaza is very pleasant, as there is lots of interesting greenery. If you want more, then you are just a two minute walk from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.