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Follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest athletes! Create medal worthy memories on a record-breaking day out at the park.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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, a couple of dozen public artworks, plus the attraction of ascending the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

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 sport, leisure, culture, business and more.

With spectacular sporting events, once-in-a-lifetime live music, community activities, cultural experiences and more - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

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 parkland walks or water-based exploring via swan pedalo.

London Stadium has a massive summer of events planned with music-giants The Weeknd and Burna Boy headlining performances and Major League Baseball and London Athletics Meet returning for sport-lovers. Looking for something a bit different - Wing Fest or Monster Jam could be for you!

Plus, get excited for East Bank - a new cultural district coming to the heart of the Park. This will be 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.


Olympic Park
E20 2ST
Rail: Stratford; Tube: Stratford/West Ham; DLR: Stratford International/West Ham
Opening hours:
24 hours, but check website for individual sports centre opening times
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