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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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So what did we get for our £8.77bn? In addition to an expectation-busting Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, there's the small matter of those remaining buildings and all that parkland. Officially known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the last of E20's green acres are now open to the public.

The immaculate parklands to the north launched in summer 2013, their paths and waterways enhanced by the new Timber Lodge with its cafe. Next came the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre (opened in March 2014; £3.50-£4.50 adults, £2-£2.50 concs), which is open for public swimming and diving sessions, followed by the VeloPark, home to road, track, BMX and mountain biking, and the southern section of the park. The latter comprises all the remaining parkland, including children's play areas, four walking trails, a couple of dozen public artworks, plus the attraction of ascending the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (www.visitleevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis) opened in May 2014, with two superfast hockey pitches and ten tennis courts (four indoor, six outdoor) – you can just turn up and play, although it might be advisable to book ahead.

All that remains is the Olympic Stadium, which is currently being retooled (including the addition of a roof over the seats). It is due to reopen for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, before West Ham take up permanent residence in 2016. Further ahead, the venue will host the 2017 IAAF World Championships and 2017 IPC World Athletics Championships.

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Olympic Park
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Transport: Rail: Stratford; Tube: Stratford/West Ham; DLR: Stratford International/West Ham
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Opening hours: 24 hours, but check website for individual sports centre opening times
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Worth the wait for the park to open fully. Great for a wander in the sunshine.

tastemaker

It has superb links, the facilities are modern and the concourses are spacious. What's not to like about this modern stadium? I must judge the Olympic Stadium renamed as the London Stadium as a place to watch football. Despite all the things going for it as mentioned above as well as the unobstructed sight lines, this arena fails miserably. The acoustics are dreadful and sound seems to leak out into the sky rather than stay contained to create that pressure cooker atmosphere. This is not helped because the distance between each of the tiers is so great. You will also need binoculars to see the action properly. This stadium may be fine for athletics and concerts but I really feel sorry for the West Ham fans who gave up an atmospheric ground for this. 



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Living close by I use a lot of the facilities in the park fairly regularly and it is a wonderful testament to the legacy of London 2012. The space is vast and well-maintained with numerous for children and generally hanging out outside. It's a great place to run and cycle and the facilities left behind are obviously world-class. Using the pool regularly doesn't diminish the sense of awe that the building gives and with more and more restaurants, bars and cafes opening regularly it feels like something that will only continue to improve

Tastemaker

I recently went to the IAAF London 2017 World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and have previously run around the park during the Hackney half marathon. It’s a modern park and stadium, conveniently located very close to the Stratford Westfield, which was ideal especially as it was pouring the Wednesday we went to the athletics. The stadium has many entrance points and lots of toilets, so we didn’t have to queue too much and I didn’t feel claustrophobic from the crowds until the very end of the night, when there was a rush to the tube! Expect standard expensive event prices for food and drinks, if you’re smart, grab something from Westfield on the way in! It is a little far from home for me, but I will go back for other events hosted there, it has a great atmosphere!

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Last night we went to go watch IAAF Wold Athletic Championships and it was our first time at the Olympic Park. From an accessibility point of view, it is super convenient. The stadium and the area around it is huge so regardless of how busy it gets, you've still got space to move around. I know it's an odd thing to mention, but there are so many toilets (Male and Female) which makes it easier as well. It's needless to say, the atmosphere at the games was electric!

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I went to the Olympic stadium a couple of times for Athletics and Para Athelics competitions and it was superb!
Both atmospheres are really different but equally amazing. Loads of fire and music for the Athelics, more silence for the Para Athletics in order for the athletes to focus and hear their guides or coaches. Once the jump or race is over, the whole stadium comes together with the athlete to celebrate and it's just a fantastic moment. 

Often, there is quite a lot of events organised outside the stadium to get a drink before the games start or help you with directions or give additional information about the event.
I really like this stadium and I think the organisation is always really good.

You can get there quite easily both by Stratford or Hackney Wicked which is quite handy too!

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Para athletes are often referred to as Super Humans and this term is definitely apt having seen a few of the Para Worlds sessions.  The ability of these athletes is astonishing.  There are calls for the event to be held in London every year and this would be amazing.  It was really well-organised and a special shout out to my fellow Runners, a volunteer force like no other!

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The design of this stadium is literally gorgeous. A real treat for the eyes for lovers of all things stadium. I worked at the 2012 Olympic games but never really got a chance to stop and appreciate how lovely the structure is. I'd recommend going at night as well as in the day as when they light it up it really is strangely breathtaking.

The seating inside has been adapted now to get it ready for the West Ham Football team to move in and it was in a slight state of transition when I recently visited but it didn't suffer from the changes in any negative way.

I've been to a few Olympic Stadiums but there's something quite exciting about this one. Possibly i'm a tad bias cos I am of course British and I did work at our Olympics but I don't think it's that. There's just a general buzz of excitement that oozes out of the very structure itself as you approach it. A great place to go just for a day out around the site or for a sporting event. I'd highly recommend it.

Food wise it is a little pricey but all stadiums and arenas are so I cant really criticise it too heavily on that front.


Great to cycle through, to attend fan zones, to go to the Velo Park for cycling events - really great venue.

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I was a games maker at the Olympics and was a big advocate of 2012.  Igenuinly think London shone for those 4 weeks that summer. 


The park is a last testimate to the games with festivals and activities happening all year around - it is really a living breathing part of the community. There is a 10k that happens at the start of each month which is worth going to. 


A lot of people moan about the park but its a great free place to hang out and loads of stuff for kids.






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This is a wonderful park. Great spaces for picnics, pretending to be an Olympian in the shadow of the stadium, grabbing a quick coffee, going for a jog, or just sitting on a bench taking a little break. I recommend the northern side of the park (towards the velodrome). Tends to be a lot quieter, there's the river as well as a little lake and it feels almost like you're out of the big city at times.

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I come here to run, to rollerblade and walk. Midnight walks are especially beautiful, when the walkway is lit by lamps with shades with holes in them. Lovely place for a late night date in the playground where you can chill and talk for hours. There's so much to explore here, you can just use your imagination and get lost here. 


It helps if the weather is good, but this really is a fantastic place for parents and kids alike. The food and drink at Timber Lodge Cafe is good, and Tumble Bay is a brilliant play area that is different to the norm, with an adventurous feel and loads for the kids to get stuck into. There is a huge sand area and when the sun is out its great to visit the nearby fountains afterwards for a quick splash around. There are big benches and areas to sit in outside which means you don't get stuck if your children need to stop for a break or something to eat, or need changing. If weather isn't good you can base yourselves inside, though the cafe can get busy. You will also notice that many older children - in fact almost all of them - bring along their bikes, trikes, scooters and skates etc, which they can literally ride for miles around this park. It reminds you just what a great space it really is and I look forward to seeing how the environment grows. 

Tastemaker

amazing venue for watching the rugby world cup! comfy seats! lots of spacious and clean bathrooms! plenty of food and drink kiosks which means you do spend more time watching the games than queueing. Many transport options to get to and fro the stadium and they are all well-signed. Overall one of the top stadiums in the UK. Only downside is that it is going to Westham United... =( Good luck filling up this massive stadium!

Staff Writer

Finally, East London gets a shiny new attraction. Great day out for all the family, especially with kids. I love arriving early and going for a nice stroll

tastemaker

This is a really beautiful park to take a stroll through, take a run or even take a picnic to. There's a lot more than meets the eye, and you can have quite an enjoyable time exploring. Over the summer there was a pop up beach to take the kids (and big kids!) to. A stone's throw from Westfield you can pair this with a shopping trip for a great day out. A number of brands such as Nike host running clubs (found through their websites) through the Olympic park and it's a great way to experience the outdoors and the offerings of the park in a guided manner. There are usually fun family friendly events held on weekends - it's a good idea to sign up to the website if you want to be kept updated.

Tastemaker

It may not boast the panoramic views of Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park (unless you decide to buy a ticket to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit), but this is still a beautiful park and offering so much more than other parks around the capital It's a massive park and great for everyone of all ages and interests. Love to run? There's no better place than to pace it around the aquatics centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculptor and of course, the Olympic Stadium? Got kids? There’s a playground to keep them entertained. Love to shop? Hotfoot it to Westfield nearby. Looking to spend time with mates or the family? Picnic in the vast expanse of green offered. Feeling adventurous? Head to the top of the the ArcelorMittal Orbit for panoramic view of London. The park is great lasting legacy to the Olympics 2015. Best time to is the summer when the flowers blooming. It’s free of course so there isn’t anything to lose. Check it out for yourself!

Tastemaker

Beautiful park and a wonderful legacy to the truly spectacular 2012 Olympic Games. A great place to take the kids for a run about on the grass or to meet some friends for a picnic and some drinks. Awesome views of the stadium, orbit, velodrome and aquatics centre - all great venues in themselves. No other place in London like it!

Tastemaker

How i love this park. I've lived in East London for 15 years and although we're lucky enough to have lots of green spaces this one is the biggest and best. When the Olympics were on in 2012 i was stunned by the landscaping and winding pathways but was a tad cynical about how it would mature when the games were over and done with. I was wrong, today it still has wonderful planting, clean pathways and plenty of funky seating or lounging. This summer the Beach and water fountains have drawn huge crowds - and all for free! It's fabulous if you take the kids, a picnic and some games. Of course the various outlets can be pricey but if you save a few pennies bringing your own lunch then you can splash out on ice creams and a few treats. We went on 22nd Aug - and boy was it hot! My partner and I discovered the rooftop bar next to the Orbital tower which was heaving downstairs but upstairs on the roof - peace and plenty of sunshine and space. A fabulous way to chill out with a few ice cold beers and while away the afternoon.

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What a great legacy for the 2012 Olympics, such a beautiful park to spend some time in - plenty of things on in the park too, check out the 'what's on' tab on this page to find the latest

Staff Writer

This is growing into a lovely modern park. There's  lots of interesting nooks and crannies, hidden parts, interesting art installations, places for children to play and  watching how the planting is maturing is a treat


I love this park! Easy to get to, open 24 hours, free, beautifully designed. It has a great sandpit and water fountains for toddlers, ArcelorMittal tower scuplture, Aquatic Centre not to mention the Olympic Stadium to view up close and personal. There are places for snacks but I would grab a picnic basket and frisbee and head down to this wonderful park.


just beautiful - there is no place better to explore in London on a summers day. Take a blanket, take a picnic and just soak up this fantastic park. There is a great spot near the velodrome where you can picnic and still be near the loo's


Excellent Park.Hopefully the inspired planting in the gardens will be restored to it's former glory. Reopening of Aquatic Centre at last.We've been without pool locally for several years. It's a pity that the promises of free swims have evaporated but the swim prices are very good. I have not yet seen a published safe walking route from Stratford without going via Hackney.

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