Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a legacy of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London. Today the park serves many functions that include not only some of the premier sporting venues that were left behind, but also beautifully landscaped green space with many native plants, wetlands, residential and commercial developments.
Olympic park is one of the largest urban areas to be designated as a park in Europe in over 150 years. After fulfilling its role for the Olympic Games this multi-purpose park was re-opened to the public in 2013.
The park has retained many superb sporting venues as part of the legacy including Olympic Stadium, an Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley Velodrome, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and Copper Box Arena. The park has an extensive amount of greenspace and water features complete with walking trails, a children's playground and the restored wetland habitat. It is also the home to Olympic Stadium. The park is bordered on the east by the huge Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre.
One popular attractions in the park is the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a giant sculpture designed by artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond as a focal point and symbol of the 2012 Olympics. Somewhat controversial, this structure stands 376 feet tall making it the tallest sculpture in the UK. The ArcelorMittal Orbit features a 455 step spiral walkway that leads up to a viewing platform where visitors can enjoy fabulous views of the park and surrounding area, but visitors can take a lift up and the steps on the way down. If you can, it is nice to take the steps and get a detailed look at the unique design and structure. The official website for the ArcelorMittal Orbit can be found here.
Other amenities at the park include public washroom facilities and plenty of dining options including the Timber Lodge Cafe. With so much to see and do, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a great place to spend an entire day exploring making it well worth the visit.
To help you plan your visit you can download a printable PDF Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Map.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkFee: No, except for some attractions and events within the park
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|Underground | Overground Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Central, Jubilee or London Overground||Stratford||10 Minutes|
How to get to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by Underground | Overground
From Stratford Station take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park exit. At Westfield Stratford City take escalator, stairs or lift up to the outside pedestrian overpass and follow it across the road and through the outdoor shopping and restaurant mall to the park entrance. It is about a 10 minute walk to the park entrance.
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