London - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

MAY 06,2017 - MAY 06,2017 (1 DAYS)

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2-3 hours in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:

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The bottom line: Well worth a visit if you are in the area but don't make a special journey just to see the place. Duration: 1/2 day or 2-3 hours. Weather: avoid rainy or windy day. far better in a bright day. Ideal for visitors who stay in one of Stratford hotels. A good choice if you have a flight in the afternoon/early evening hours. Good weather is essential. Public Transport: The nearest stations are Stratford station and Stratford International station.

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Stratford station is served by:

• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Jubilee and Central lines
• National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and c2c
• London Overground services

Stratford International station is served by:

• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• Southeastern High Speed 1 services

Stratford bus station and Stratford City bus station are both located in close proximity to Stratford station. Buses that run to these stations are:

• 25 from Oxford Street to Ilford
• 69 from Canning Town to Walthamstow
• 86 from Romford to Stratford
• 97 from Chingford to Stratford
• 104 Manor Park to Stratford
• 108 from Lewisham to Stratford
• 158 from Chingford Mount to Stratford
• 238 from Barking to Stratford
• 241 from Prince Regent to Stratford
• 257 from Walthamstow to Stratford
• 262 from Becton to Stratford
• 276 from Stoke Newington to Newham University Hospital
• 308 from Clapton to Wanstead
• 339 from Leytonstone to Shadwell
• 425 from Clapton to Stratford
• 473 from North Woolwich to Stratford
• D8 from Crossharbour to Stratford International

It can take between 15-20 minutes to walk from Stratford regional station or Stratford International station to the northern Park entrance (walking distance is approximately 800m). We went, first, to the Westfield Shopping Centre. From the ground floor (north side of the mall) - there are good signs, leading to the park. It is a 300-350 m. walk. Opening hours and Prices: Open every day, no charge to visit the park.

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When you exit the mall on its western side - this is the park' sight. The water stream is River Lea. The Olympic Park is one or two levels lower than the Westfield mall. You have to descend the stairs to connect with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's lower level paths. The whole park was a run down and neglected area of London. After an 18-month makeover the park was opened for the first time since the 2012 Olympics. The same size as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined and the biggest new park to open in London for a century, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the one of the most ambitious developments London has ever seen. The park is beautiful,  the structures around are a sight to behold and there are many attractions and activities (including playgrounds and a cafe) (most of them under payment) to enjoy. Enjoyable as a couple or with a group of friends. The landscaping design is admirable.

The main sights and attractions are:

  • London Stadium is located in the South of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Olympic Stadium is now the home of West Ham United, but is also still used for other events like the Rugby World Cup held in 2015:

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  • Lee Valley Velopark: Open MON-THU 9.00 - 17.00, FRI - SUN 9.00 - 20.00. Prices vary depending on the activity but sessions start at £4 for children and £6 for adults; bike and helmet hire:  £10 adults £6 concessions. The Velopark is aparadise for cyclists of every discipline. There is an (Olympic) indoor track (the fastest in the world) open to the public. The floodlit road circuit is suitable for advanced training as well as being a great place to learn to ride. There are also three graded mountain bike trails. One of the best things about the Velopark is that you don't even need a bike; you can hire everything you need on arrival, making it the perfect place to try out new and unfamiliar styles of riding:

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  • If you are swimming-sport addicted you have to see QE Olympic Park's swimming pool (or: London Aquatics Centre). The ticket is cheap (5£). You can enjoy one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid.

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  • The most famous attraction in the park, that is rarely out of action, is the huge ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture which also acts as an observation tower.  It’s a wonderful place to see a sweeping panorama of London. You can explore London’s famous skyline through stunning floor to ceiling windows before experiencing the city’s landmarks from the outside observation walkway suspended 80m above the ground. The magnificent looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and was of the London 2012 Games. The views from the tower are great, offering a new way to see London. The tower is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 in the summer months and 11.00 to 17.00 the rest of the year. Entry and Slide: adult £16.50, senior or student £13.50, child  £10.50, family £52. Entry without Slide: £5 less. The Slide costs £5. This is the UK’s tallest sculpture and the world’s longest, fastest, tallest tunnel slide. It is a 40-seconds slide which loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking visitors through gentle curves, thrilling drops. Created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond:  

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  • A 'Boris' hire bike around (cost £2.00)
  • Tumbling Bay Playground (right next to the Timber Lodge Cafe'). Built from reclaimed timber and netting into a series of huge towers, crawl tunnels and elevated perches, it gives a thrill to people of all ages. There are rickety (looking) walkways, rock pools and tree -houses, sandpits, wobbly bridges, slides, swings and even some modern art: the Cross and Cave sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison, hidden among all the play things:

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  • There are four walking trails that lead visitors through the parkland paths. There is a children's trail, which includes "secret missions" to encourage kids to explore.  Another one is the art trail, which shows you round the public art commissioned as part of the Olympic legacy. You can collect the free trail guides from the Information Point at the entrance to the park, opposite the London Aquatics Centre. The full trail offered - takes, approx. 2 hours:

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The Olympic Park near Hackney Wick and Fish Island:

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We found that the most amazing part of the Olympic Park is its integrated artworks. 26 artworks have been made to be experienced in the landscape.  Some are large and striking while others are smaller and harder to find. The most visible and large-scale ones are:

  • The History Trees artworks were commissioned by renowned British artists Ackyroyd and Harvey. They planted ten semi-mature trees, each supporting a large bespoke metal ring, to mark the entrances to the Park. Over time the branches and ring will slowly fuse together. Each ring is engraved on the interior with text capturing the particular history of each location:

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  • The Pixel Wall Artwork (design: the Tomato company) (near the Podium, between the Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, on the western bank of the river):

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  • Colored Steles line the Lea River stream along the Park. The Steles are also practically useful as mooring posts:  

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  • The Geezers Avenue near the ArcelorMittal Orbit:

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  • The Spiegeli Junior Sculptural work stands north to the Timber Lodge Cafe' and south to the Velopark. The viewer stands under the spheres, with his/her head inside, where a 360˚ view of the park is projected onto the painted interior by the three lenses:

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  • LFO Spectrum, by Carsten Nicolai - a bit north to the Velopark:

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  • RUN is a glass and stainless steel artwork made up of three huge letters by artist Monica Bonvicini, each measuring nine metres high. This artwork resides east to the Hackney Wick tube station, near the Copper Box Arena:

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