Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Olympic Park is a great place to explore with the entire family

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park cc licensed photo by Mike T

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

Fee: No, except for some attractions and events within the park

Address: London E20 2ST, UK

Phone: 0800 072 2110

Official Website: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

Directions

Underground | Overground Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Central, Jubilee or London OvergroundStratford10 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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great sports venue. Fantastic organization. Really interesting piece of architecture. Even though we had small misunderstanding with bus no. 97 our return went perfectly well. We had few stops while within the crowd but overall experience was good. As always plenty of opportunities to grab something to eat or drink and use a toilet.

Michał Struzik - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating The park is a nice place to stroll around and relax. Preferably in the nice weather. If the weather is not very nice it's well worth paying a visit to the Podium bar & cafe. Nice relaxing atmosphere and they have a nice selection of coffees.

David Cafferky - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Love this park especially in the summer where it really shines. Acres of grass to picnic/lounge in, massive enough for a stroll. Great for the whole family. I recommend hiring a Boris bike and cycling around to take the whole park in.

Kritt Normsaskul - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating We love this place! The park is huge! The favourite places is the timber lodge and the wooden hidden playground. Our daughter loves just walking around. In the summer the water jets are just fantastic. Just being there were the Olympics were in 2012 feels pretty cool.

Catharine Christodoulou - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful spacious parkland with canal side walkway. Lovely trees with autumn colours. Peaceful. Apt location for the poignant art installation, Shrouds of the Somme. Good walks and play area. An oasis of green in busy East London.

Margaret Reeves - 2 months ago

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This video shows how Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park evolved from and industrial wasteland into the beautifully landscaped post Olympic park it is today.

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