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Olympic Park, Stratford

Olympic Park area guide

Keep busy in E20 with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do around the Olympic Park

Written by
Marcus Barnes
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As London's newest postcode, E20 (playfully shared with the fictional Walford of ‘EastEnders’ fame) is as shiny and culturally anodyne as you'd expect. Some of the gleaming rows of modern apartment blocks were used by athletes as accommodation for the 2012 Olympics, so you never know; your room might be the one in which Usain Bolt celebrated his 100m victory with the Swedish handball team and some cardboard boxes. Westfield is just a hop skip and a jump away, packed full of eateries with a smattering of bars, too. Not forgetting the specially landscaped park and wetlands are a lovely, wildlife-rich place for a serene wander. Get in now.

Restaurants in Olympic Park

Jamie's Italian, Stratford

Jamie's Italian, Stratford

  • price 1 of 4

When Jamie's Italian was first conceived, the starting point was to re-create what Italians are most proud of - fantastic, rustic dishes, using recipes that...

Busaba Eathai

Busaba Eathai

This chain of budget Thai eateries is experiencing a growth spurt and Westfield Stratford is one of the latest. Patrons are seated around large communal...

Café  Football

Café Football

  • 3 out of 5 stars

At Café Football, they serve a bracing chilli-vodka and apple cocktail called the Fever Pitch. It’s appropriate because Nick Hornby’s 1992 study of football,...

Things to do in Olympic Park

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The curly-wurly red scaffolding tower lords it over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from its position right alongside the Olympic Stadium. Designed by the...

Copper Box Arena

Copper Box Arena

This sporting venue, home to the handball, modern pentathlon fencing and goalball events during the 2012 Olympic Games, can seat up to 7,500 spectators. The...

Bars and pubs in Olympic Park

Howling Hops

Howling Hops

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

‘The UK’s first dedicated tank bar’, says the inscription on the wall. Beer geeks, prepare to get excited by the row of big gleaming steel vats in the taproom...

Tap East

Tap East

  • 3 out of 5 stars

At last: a bit of competition for the Queen Vic. For years, that nuclear sub has quenched the thirst of generations of ‘EastEnders’ almost unchallenged in its...

Print House

Print House

A bar and restaurant on the banks of the Three Mills Wall River Weir in Stratford. Expect a modern-European food menu, draught beers, cocktails, club nights,...

King Edward VII

King Edward VII

  • 3 out of 5 stars

On the other side of the Stratford Centre from the ever-expanding transport hub stands a sea-green storefront topped by a hungover image of sleep-around...

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