The 2012 Olympic Games represent a major high point in the UK’s recent history, and part of the legacy left behind includes the wonderful Olympic Park. Guests have been flocking to the park since it re-opened to the public, and this sprawling tourist attraction is among the most popular places to visit for locals and tourists alike. Here’s our quick guide to the top sights to see while you’re there!
Tour the park in style
Whether by boat or pedal, the Olympic Park is easily explored from the regenerated Newham waterways which run alongside it. Those who remember the opening ceremony for London 2012 might recall David Beckham powering down the waterways with the Olympic Torch; today you can travel it at a somewhat slower pace, with a variety of different boating events and pedal rental opportunities for seeing the sights from the water. For a relaxing way to experience the park while visiting The Montcalm at The Brewery London, this is unbeatable.
Swim in the Olympic Pool
Few of us will ever become Olympic-level swimmers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a swim in the Aquatic Centre built to host swimming events at London 2012. Undergoing major changes before reopening in 2014, the pool is popular with hobbyist swimmers as well as those taking things more seriously. The centre houses two 50-metre Olympic pools, alongside a 25-metre diving pool and when staying at hotels near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you’ll be ideally situated for a dip!
Experience the tallest slide in the world
As well as offering an impressive view of the famous London skyline, the ArcelorMittal Orbit also offers the world’s tallest slide, with a journey of approximately 40 seconds taking you on a twisting, turning trip back to earth. If this isn’t enough, then you can also abseil down the side of the structure for a breath-taking freefall experience during your stay at The Montcalm at The Brewery London. Certainly not one for the faint of heart, but never less than memorable!
Soak up the sun at Beach East
This 2,200 square metre sandy urban beach provides a delightful day out during the summer months, all within the grounds of the Olympic Park. This year includes a host of new attractions including a funfair, large children’s paddling pool and beach volleyball events, as well as being situated close to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and London Aquatics Centre.
Enjoy a cultural feast
The park isn’t just home to sports opportunities; the Olympic Park also features a large collection of public artwork, with 26 pieces designed to reflect the Park’s unique identity and space as an area rich with local culture. The park has created a special ‘Art in the Park’ guide which can be downloaded and taken with you to help identify the pieces you pass during your visit – helping to add extra texture to an already impressive part of London.