Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Amongst 560 acres of beautiful parkland — the equivalent of around 300 football pitches — the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park provides the luxury of space. To think, unwind, and improve your wellbeing.
London is famous for being a green city, and the park has only reinforced those credentials. From idyllic riverside lawns and wetlands teeming with wildlife to award-winning gardens and imaginative playgrounds, it’s been transformed into an icon of biodiversity.
Six kilometres of restored waterways, jogging paths and a network of cycling routes meander their way through lush, green space and Olympic-standard venues. Even the air quality is noticeably better, with over 6,000 trees — many of which are London Planes, a variant proven to absorb pollutants — giving you plenty to breathe in.
Canals and waterways
Under the watchful eye of the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Canal & River Trust, Stratford’s waterways have been restored to their former glory. A total of 16 km — 6.5 km of which are located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — have been cleaned, repaired and restored and are now a vibrant focal point for events, sport and leisure.
Pathways and trails
Set across hundreds of acres, there’s a lot to explore around the park. And whether you have a keen eye for art, a love of wildlife or want to relive the legacy of London 2012, mile upon mile of pathways and free-to-explore trails will help you see it all.
The centrepiece of London 2012, the 80,000-seat, multi-use London Stadium is now the ultimate venue for sports fans, music lovers and Olympic enthusiasts alike. You can marvel as the likes of the Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Foo Fighters and ACDC bring the house down, cheer on the Hammers at a Premier League game, watch records tumble at the home of British Athletics, or even try something new, with regular, in-season MLB matches flying in from the United States. There really is something here for everyone.
London Aquatics Centre
The iconic London Aquatics Centre is open for the general public, clubs, professionals and event hire. Three world-class pools offer a swimming experience like no other, while each meeting the highest possible standards in cleanliness and accessibility. Since opening over 5.8 million visitors have dived in and 50 schools now regularly use the centre for swimming lessons — with 1,000 kids of all ages jumping in the deep end every week.
Gardens and green spaces
They might be nestled between Olympic venues, but the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s gardens and green spaces are more than worthy of a medal themselves — and have been awarded a Green Flag as a mark of their quality. Featuring plants from around the world, the proud heritage of the Britain’s horticultural history and gardens created by renowned garden designers, they are a breath of fresh air for visitors all year round.
Scrambling through giant sand pits, scaling colossus walls, snaking between water jets… however big your child’s imagination, our unique collection of playgrounds will fit them. From Tumbling Bay to Pleasure Gardens, kids of all ages can play until their heart’s content.
If you’re after a different view of the park, the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit does just the job. Commemorating London 2012, it’s the world’s longest enclosed slide — shooting riders along 172 metres of adrenaline-pumping twists and turns — as well as Britain’s largest sculpture. A fitting centre piece worthy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s enduring legacy.
Lee Valley VeloPark
Centred around the elite 6,000-seat velodrome, the Lee Valley VeloPark offers track, road racing, BMX or mountain biking fit for all abilities. Added to the extensive cycling routes which carve through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it’s ideal for anyone on two wheels.
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Shopping & More
With a vast array of shopping, dining and art, all sitting opposite Westfield Stratford City — and over 300 food and fashion retailers — Stratford Cross is fast becoming a premier retail destination.