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From world-class music and cultural events to iconic sport. Find out what’s happening at the Park and plan your next visit.
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Time Out says

The main venue for the 2012 London Olympics is now a lush parkland studded with major sporting destinations.

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, a year after the Games, their paths and waterways enhanced by the new Timber Lodge Café. Next came the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre, 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 and a couple of dozen public artworks.

To the north, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre has 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.

The retooled Olympic Stadium (renamed the London Stadium) opened most recently, and now plays host to West Ham as well as various athletics championships and big concerts. But the Olympic Park isn’t finished yet. Work is ongoing around its fringes on a crop of new cultural destinations, housing and other bits and bobs – some of which won’t be finished by 2023, almost two decades since London won the 2012 games.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park says
Built to accommodate elite athletes and spectators from all over the world for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has since transformed into a vibrant destination for everything from from world-class music and cultural events to iconic sport.
You can climb the ArcelorMittal Orbit for panoramic views over London or have the time of your life at the critically-acclaimed ABBA Voyage. Then get your nature fix with gorgeous walks all year round through our parklands and along the bank of the River Lea.
Or on wetter days, escape the weather at one of our many different cafes and restaurants from well-known spots to independent hideaways. Then jump into new experiences at an iconic sporting venue like Lee Valley VeloPark or Copper Box Arena.
Plus, get excited for East Bank - a new cultural district at the heart of the Park. This is a new destination for innovation, creativity and learning with world-class experiences from BBC, Sadler’s Wells, UAL’s London College of Fashion, University College London and the V&A. Be immersed in a world of art and culture on the Park.

Details

Address:
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Olympic Park
London
E20 2ST
Transport:
Rail: Stratford; Tube: Stratford/West Ham; DLR: Stratford International/West Ham
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
24 hours, but check website for individual sports centre opening times
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UK Black Pride

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The world’s largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in August for another big party and protest. The festivities will include performers, community stall-holders, food and drink, and special workshops. The theme for this year has yet to be announced at the time of writing, but organisers are promising the “biggest and boldest” edition of UK Black Pride yet.