Latest Visitor Information

The Park is open every day. The venues and attractions have different opening times, and there is construction work taking place in some areas of the Park. Please click on the links below for the latest visitor information.

Infrastructure works


 

West Ham United match - road closures 

There will be some road closures in place due to the football match at London Stadium on Monday 8 March.  The road between Marshgate Terrace and the Carpenters Road junction with White Post Lane will be closed from 3:00pm to 9:30pm.

On Sunday 21 March the road between Marshgate Terrace and the Carpenters Road junction with White Post Lane will be closed from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

Covid-19

The parklands and canal paths remain open and accessible to all seven days a week throughout the lockdown, although all visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. The children's play areas are open, with some areas closed for maintenance. The outdoor gyms at are closed. Toilets are open daily 10am – 5pm, at the Timber Lodge and The Podium. For more information, please visit our coronavirus updates page.

Public lift closure 

The lift outside the London Aquatics Centre is temporarily closed for social distancing.

Fish Island bridges

The new pedestrian bridge is now open from Fish Island into the Park by the Bobby Moore Academy Primary School. The Monier Road bridge will be opening in 2021.

Boat tours and swan pedalos 

Boat tours and the swan pedalos are now closed for winter and will reopen in 2021.

Waterden Road cycle lanes

Waterden Road cycle lanes: please note that these are closed between the Copper Box Arena and the Multi Storey Car Park due to ongoing construction at Here East and the new housing development underway between Copper Street and Parkes Street.  Please follow the diversion signs in place during this period.

Dog walking

For the comfort of all Park users, we ask that Hopkins' Field in the north of the Park is used for exercising dogs off lead.  Dogs are not permitted off lead in the areas of the Park that fall within the LB Newham.

Riverside paths

Following periods of heavy rain, the paths closest to the River Lea, especially in the north of the Park, can be prone to flooding. This is a natural part of the Park’s role as a flood basin for the housing in the Lea Valley. Please be careful near the river when water levels are high or paths are icy, and follow signage or instructions from staff if paths are closed. Never attempt to walk across frozen water.

Fountains

The fountains on the park are switched off for winter and will next operate in spring 2021.

 

Photography and filming on the Park

Crowd filming and photography may take place on the Park and in its venues if authorised in advance by LLDC, both on event days and while the Park is in general use. These images may then be used to promote the individual event, or Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its venues. 

 

Filming and photography at the Park is authorised by the Events Team who should be contacted at least ten days in advance at [email protected]

 

WiFi available across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Visitors have access to free WiFi across the Park, including many of its venues. To sign into the Park's free WiFi, simply select it from the list of available networks. You will then be asked to provide your name and email address as part of a short registration process.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways

 

The loop of waterways around the London Stadium, which includes the Old River Lea, City Mill River and St Thomas Creek, is open to public navigation for cruising without the need for prior booking.

 

Customers wishing to book passage through Carpenters Road, City Mill or Three Mills Lock can do so by clicking here.

 

A minimum 7 days' notice is required to make a booking and bookings can be made more than one year in advance. Passage is available 9am to 5pm every day with the exception of closures for maintenance, events security or unsafe weather conditions for navigation. Planned closures will be advertised using our normal channels and procedures.

 

If you have any queries in relation to lock bookings in the Park please email or call 0303 040 4040

 

A map of the waterways is available here.

 

Drones

 

General use of drones and remote controlled flying models is not permitted on any area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Only commercial drone activity is permitted and requires a 1 month notice period to assess and turn around applications. Applications can be made to [email protected] and must conform to CAA standards for UAV flights together with the Air Navigation Order 2009. Drones* are remote controlled aeroplanes, helicopters or other flying models often fitted with a camera.

 

*Drones are remote controlled aeroplanes, helicopters or other flying models often fitted with a camera.   

*AKA UAV’s Unmanned Ariel Vehicles

 

Picnicking at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

You may use the Park for picnics by yourself, or with other members of your household. In line with Government advice, please maintain social distancing at all times. Barbecues are not permitted at any time.

 

Visitors to the Park are very welcome to picnic in many of the area's wonderful green spaces. The Park and its venues are often very busy with a huge programme of events and activities, so it's always good to check this page and our events listing for details of what's happening when and where and for details of closures of outdoor spaces, paths, roads or venues. Please take your litter home with you.  Please note that there are limited toilet facilities available at the Park at present. 

 

For groups of more than 30 people, you will need to contact our Events team to discuss locations and terms and conditions. Find out more, and read our general guidance on picnicking in the Park, here.

 

 

Infrastructure works

The Park is evolving so even if you’re a regular visitor please note that some routes may have changed.  

 

Stratford Waterfront construction works 

 

With construction underway for East Bank, the Stratford Waterfront towpath is closed. Alternative access for boat tours and swan pedalos is across the Tallow Bridge.

 

Both lanes of the section of Carpenters Road adjacent to the Stratford Waterfront site are closed to all road and pedestrian traffic for at least three years during the construction of East Bank.  Alternative pedestrian and cycle routes through the Park are signposted, and for road users there are diversion signs in place.  Visitors coming from western approaches such as Hackney Wick should travel along Marshgate Terrace past the London Stadium to reach the south of the Park.  Access from the east will be on Montfichet Road and Pool Street, and along Sidings Street at the rear of the London Stadium to reach the north of the Park and Hackney. The London Aquatics Centre and its car park will remain open throughout the construction period.

 

BUS 339 follows a route through the Park along Sidings Street and Marshgate Lane past the two Bobby Moore Academy schools, and leaving the Park at White Post Lane.  It will continue to stop at the London Aquatics Centre bus stop on Pool Street.  Coaches dropping off passengers should also use this stop, but waiting will not be possible; there are official coach parks on Waterden Road and Westfield Avenue.

 

UCL East sites 

 

Construction of the new University College London campus is well underway. Most pedestrian routes remain open and diversion signs will remain in place if paths are closed.

 

Santander Cycles

The docking station near the Copper Box Arena will be reinstated in spring. Alternative docking stations are available on Parkes Street and Lesney Avenue nearby. 

 

North South Highway

The new highway linking the south of the Park to Waterden Road is nearing completion. There are temporary lane closures in place and further works will be taking place in phases in January at the junction of Waterden Road and the new highway.  Please follow the diversion signs. When the road is fully opened, Clarnico Lane will be closed for modifications so that it can remain in use as a pedestrian and cycle route until new homes are built here as part of the Sweetwater Development.

 

East Wick Phase II

 

In preparation for the new homes to be built in the north of the Park alongside Waterden Road, a number of trees will be relocated to other areas of the Park during February.

 

London Blossom Garden

 

London Blossom Garden is now being created in the north of the Park near the Timber Lodge. This will create a new public garden of blossom trees to commemorate Londoners who have lost their lives to COVID-19. London Blossom Garden will allow all Londoners and visitors to the capital to contemplate and reflect on the thousands of lives that have been lost in London, the vital efforts of key workers, and the city’s shared experience of the pandemic. LLDC, the GLA, the National Trust and Bloomberg are working together to create the garden which will open later this year.