The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is one of the most easily identifiable contemporary structures in Britain, let alone the capital city. It gives a glimpse into the nation’s recent sporting glories and was bestowed with the namesake of the current monarch. If you watched the Olympic Games on TV, you’ll relish the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest athletes.
Keep reading for the Shaftesbury hotel collection’s quick guide to everything you need to know about the Olympic Park, its facilities and what you can do there.
What is the Olympic Park?
London’s Olympic Park is the largest new park to open in London for over a century. It was built after London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The Park closed after the Games, and reopened for public use after a two year wait. In that time, the facility was transformed into a recreational and entertainment centre for all ages, complete with 4,300 newly planted trees and several miles of wildlife and green spaces. The new look Olympic Park also offers a variety of tourist attractions designed to create a popular and unique day out for visitors and residents alike.
History of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Easily accessible from the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection via public transport, the Olympic Park was first constructed for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The initial construction involved over 80,000 workers, and included several sporting stadiums, a professional-level swimming pool, and the Olympic Village where athletes were housed whilst competing in the Games. The park covers a vast area of 560 acres and is so big, it has its own dedicated postcode. Since reopening in 2014, it is estimated that the Park will help to bring as many as 15,000 new jobs into the area by 2025.
Things to See & Do
London’s 2012 Olympic venues have achieved worldwide fame. In addition to paying a visit to areas such as the Copper Box Arena and perhaps the most easily recognisable venue of all, the London Stadium where many Olympic legends were created, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has a variety of other attractions for visitors. While you may not have time to see them all, we recommend you visit the following:
Offering superb views over London, the Arcelormittal Orbit provides an experience unlike anything else. Travelling 114.5m into the clouds to explore London’s famous skyline, visitors are encouraged to take in the sights of landmark’s such as Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral. The Slide is the world’s largest, longest tunnel slide – whilst The Abseil is the UK’s highest freefall abseil.
The venue also offers a wide variety of options for exploration, including many acres of parkland and popular guided trails such as the London 2012 trail, providing an opportunity to relive some of the greatest moments of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, reminding visitors of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s unique place in British history.