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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

November 1st, 2015 / / 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 2012 London Olympics.   There are plenty of Olympic moments to revisit including the Aquatics Centre, VeloPark & those with a sightseeing pass have the added benefit of a free trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit too!

Planning a Trip to London?

If the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is just one stop on your trip to London, no doubt finding good quality but affordable accommodation will be a priority.  We tend to use TripAdvisor that includes valuable listings such as the 10 best London hotel deals that is packed with 1000’s of reviews from fellow travellers for peace of mind.

Follow our guide below packed with information & top tips to get the most from your visit to to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

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Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

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!

For more action packed ideas why not explore London by boat, bike or cable car that helps you keep the costs down too.

 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Orbit

Inside the ArcelorMittal Orbit

 

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.

The great advantage is that the ArcelorMittal Orbit is also included within the sightseeing pass that offers entry to 60+ attractions in London plus fastrack entry to popular settings such as the Tower of London & Windsor Castle.  Alternatively upgrade your day tickets to a FREE annual pass upgrade for views of London throughout the year.

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.

 

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Playground at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

Adventure Playgrounds at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

There are 2 distinct playgrounds available within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  If you remember Prince Harry & Boris Johnson clambering around the play equipment, you’ll find this play area close the Olympic stadium, (known as the ‘outdoor rooms’).  Notwithstanding royalty & politicians, this playground is best suited to younger children & includes 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.

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.

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.
By Liz Walsh

 

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