If you watched the London Olympic Games, you’ll likely recognise a number of landmarks and spaced within the vast Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sporting complex. The complex was built specifically for the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Paralympic games and spans a vast space – after London won its bid for the Games, over 200 buildings were demolished to make way for the sporting complex. Over 17,000 of the world’s top athletes and officials competed in the Park’s 14 temporary and permanent venues. When the Games ended, the Olympic Stadium was regenerated and transformed, into a new facility with sporting venues to host events such as atheletics sitting side by side with eating, dining and public spaces.
Today the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a vibrant space and one well worth a visit if you’re in London. It’s close by to Stratford, in the east of the city. The park itself is free to visit and it’s home to a number of different venues including the London Stadium, the London Aquatics Centre and Lee Valley VeloPark. There are also a number of playgrounds, restaurants and parklands in the area.
If you’re staying in the Park Grand Paddington Suites or in accommodation near Hyde Park, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of Hyde Park. However, Queen Elizabeth Park has different activities on offer and is also worth a trip.
ArcelorMittal Orbit is a unique sculpture in London that became an iconic image during the London Olympics. However, it is also a sculpture that boasts something no other sculpture can. As well as being the tallest sculpture in the UK, it is home to the world’s longest, fastest and tallest tunnel slide. Riders can experience loops and curves whilst zooming around the structure 12 times. The ride only takes 40 seconds, but it’ll delight thrill seekers.
One of London’s best shopping centres is only a few moments away from Queen Elizabeth Park. Westfield Stratford is a large indoor shopping mall with hundreds of great shops, both high street and designer. There’s also a cinema, bars and many different restaurants. It’s the ideal place if you want a day of retail therapy followed by lunch or dinner and some fresh air at the Park. To get to Westfield Stratford, simply travel from you accommodation near Hyde Park – including the Park Grand Paddington Suites – and jump on the London Underground. The nearest station is Stratford London.
Tumbling Bay Playground
If you’re heading to Queen Elizabeth Park with children and want somewhere for them to play, head to Tumbling Bay Playground. Tumbling Bay Playground features sand pits, tree houses, bridges, slides, rock pools and a lot of space to explore. There is a cafe close to the Tumbling Bay Playground too.
There are a number of different tours available at Queen Elizabeth Park, which is great if you’re interested in seeing more of what it has to offer. There are guided walking tours, London Stadium tours and boat tours to choose from.
It’s easy to see why Queen Elizabeth Park has remained a popular spot in the years since the 2012 Olympics and the area consistently receives a high number of tourists.