Being such a fan of the Olympics I wanted to be at the best place to watch all the action in Rio. Where else is better than watching in the previous Games Olympic Park – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Since London 2012 lots of regeneration has taken place, temporary venues being removed, new parks, cafes & open spaces, plus the transformation of venues making them open to everyone. I have previously visited in 2013, one year after London 2012 to watch the London Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium, however, the Olympic park then was a building site and there was no access to the main bulk of the park with only the Copper Box & Stadium being accessible. This time the entire park & venues were open with activities going on around the entire park all weekend.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it is now called, is surprisingly easy to get to, A 6 min High Speed Train leaves from St. Pancras every 10 minutes and arrives at Stratford International. This is right next to Westfield Stratford City (the largest shopping mall in Europe!) and a walk through the excellent shops & restaurants take you into the heart of the Olympic Park. We stayed at Premier Inn at Westfield Stratford and got a top floor room with a window looking out towards the Orbit & the Olympic Stadium and look a bit further and you can see London’s Skyline too!
We spent our arrival day in Westfield itself which is a brilliant shopping mall, lots of the big name stores & restaurants to explore outside & in. In the evening, we headed out into the Olympic Park for the first time past many of the sites from London 2012 admiring the amazing architecture of the venues and the beautiful landscape.
Tommorow we check out the Arcelormittal Orbit, The Velodrome & Beach East!