News: Park Life

The 2012 games are acknowledged as one the finest ever held. Two years on from the Olympics, the newly landscaped southern section of the Queen Elizabeth Park opens to the public for the first time since the games.

From the 1 March Zara Hadid’s iconic Aquatics Centre – with two 50m swimming pools, a dive pool and a new gym – is available to the public at £4.50 a session. The Velodrome and cycling park also welcomes its first visitors in March, with opportunities to cycle the track, try BMX, road and mountain biking. The UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, receives its first visitors on the 5 April (tickets £15/£12/£7) and in May the hockey and tennis centre opens. London Blue Badge Guides devised and ran tours the to the Olympic Park, bringing over 300,000 visitors to the area. The twice weekly public tours are on Thursdays and Saturdays, more info at