Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

December 1st, 2017 / / No Comments »

We’ve put together a Guide for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that saw the bulk of the sporting action take place during the London Olympics.   There are plenty of Olympic moments to revisit including the Aquatics Centre, VeloPark or why not try sliding down the ArcelorMittal Orbit world’s longest & tallest tunnel that has been recently added to extra thrills!

1. The London Aquatics Centre

This Olympic pool complex is now open to the public & offers you the chance to swim in the same lanes as Olympic & Paralympic champions. The London Aquatics Centre includes diving pools, springboards & two 50m swimming pools and costs no more than a swim at your local leisure centre.  For family fun, look out the Aqua Splash & Extreme Aqua Splash sessions that provide inflatable courses that cater for differing levels of swimming abilities and is certainly one the children will enjoy!


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Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


2. The ArcelorMittal Orbit

Standing alongside the Olympic Stadium the ArcelorMittal Orbit offers a unique perspective on the transforming landscape below. As Britain’s tallest sculpture, The Orbit offers views as far afield as 20 miles away on a good day & provides a novel way to take in the sights of London.  Look out for the added attraction The Orbit Slide that offers you the chance to ‘enjoy’ the world’s tallest & longest slide that is going down well with thrill seekers.

3. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Adventure Playgrounds

There are 2 distinct playgrounds available within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, (remember Prince Harry & Boris Johnson clambering around on play equipment).  Notwithstanding royalty & politicians, the ‘outdoor rooms’ are located close to the Olympic stadium & is best suited to younger children comprising of a sand pit, slide, low rope bridge & selection of swings.

The ‘Tumbling Bay’ playground is located some distance away from the Stadium & ArcelorMittal Orbit, (about a 10/15 minute walk), set close to Lee Valley Velopark.  This is more suitable for active older children, (up to age of around 12 years), that sports an array of climbing assault courses complete with a cluster of swings.

Top Tip; look out for the social enterprise Timber Lodge Cafe, (literally next door to Tumbling Bay), that employs people with disabilities to help them pursue careers in the catering industry.

For more budget ideas for London check out our guide to the Tower of London or ways to pick up cheap tickets for the London Eye that helps you keep the costs down on a trip to the city.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Orbit

Inside the ArcelorMittal Orbit


London on a Budget

For those on a budget, worth checking out the 10 best cheap hotels in London from TripAdvisor or try one our ideas to enjoy a view of London on a budget including a free visit to the impressive Sky Garden.


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