London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (3/3)

We hadnt seen a lot of the actual Olympic park yet, so today we decided to get some trail guides and to explore on one of the Santander Cycles that seemed to be the easiest & most enjoyable way of seeing a lot in a short space of time. Luckily, on this weekend the ‘Boris Bikes’ were celebrating there 6th Birthday so they were free to hire today! If you don’t know how the bike system works in London, the usual price is £2 that gives access to the bikes for 24 hours, with the first 30 minutes of every journey free & then charges £2 every extra 30 minutes after that, so if you return your bike to a docking station within 30 mins every time you use them, you pay nothing apart from your £2.

Following the London 2012 & Art Trail guides we cycled around discovering many of the main sights from London 2012 including the Olympic Rings, Paralympic Agitos & all of the venues as well as seeing some of the Parks new Art sculptures. The landscape of the park is beautiful with the various green & open spaces, wildlife, meadows, activities and is a great place to just enjoy the sunshine and have a picnic. The Olympic Stadium was just days away from its first football game so the West Ham Banners were being put up and last minute preperations were being made which meant the perimeter of the Stadium was out of bounds, however, you could still see the beauty of the stadium and how it has been transformed since 2012.

This part of East London is now a real hidden gem of London and with the regeneration project ongoing, the park can only get better with a London university campus and a V&A Museum currently being planned. Has anyone visited the Olympic Park since 2012 and seen the transformation!

Highlights of the trip

  • Arcelormittal Orbit Slide
  • Cycling the Velodrome Track
  • Westfield Stratford City

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