The London 2012 Olympic Games may now be fading into people’s memories, although if you want to live the excitement of what was one of the most spectacular summers in recent times then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has now fully re-opened to the public.
Situated in Stratford, East London, the park was built specifically for the Games, with a number of sporting arenas and venues contained within it.
Since the Olympics finished more than 18 months ago, various sections of the facility have been closed to the public in order to allow refurbishment works to take place, and the long wait for the park to re-open is now finally over.
As well as relaxing in the tranquil green surroundings of what is one of London’s most picturesque natural spaces, visitors can also make use of a wide range of facilities, many of which hosted events during the Olympics.
Among these is the Copper Box Arena, where the handball, modern pentathlon and fencing contests took place back in 2012. Guests can now use the gym when visiting the site, thereby following in the footsteps of the Olympians who battled it out for the gold medal.
Other highlights of the Olympic Park include the Lee Valley VeloPark – where Sir Chris Hoy and co enjoyed a glorious few weeks – the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the Aquatics Centre and of course, the Olympic Stadium itself.
While visitors obviously won’t be able to step onto the running track or the pitch of the stadium, it’s worth baring in mind that Premiership football club West Ham United will be playing their home games here from the start of the 2016/17 season, so anyone who wants to enjoy a top sporting event at the ground will soon be able to do so.
Stratford is easy to reach from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch, as it’s just a 15-minute journey away on the Central Line.