- Swan Pedalos
- Car parking at Copper Box Arena
- Fish Island bridges
- Boat tours
- Waterden Road cycle lanes
- Riverside paths
- Fountains in the south of the Park
- Outdoor playgrounds and gym equipment
- Photography and filming on the Park
- WiFi available across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways update
- Picnicking at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- Stratford Waterfront construction works
- South Park Lawn and Pool Street
- Santander Cycles
- Copper Street infrastructure works
- North South Highway
Visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. A lot of the venues, attractions and playgrounds have now reopened with extra safety precautions in place. For more information, please visit our coronavirus updates page.
Subject to weather and river conditions, Swan Pedalos are currently operating daily 12 noon - 5pm. There is strict social distancing guidance in place.
If you are a GLL Better Member register your licence plate number with the Copper Box Arena to qualify for reduced car parking fees. If you are not a Better Member please ask for details of joining fees to enable you to receive discounted parking. Blue Badge parking is free and located at the front of the venue on Copper Street. The main car park is suspended on Copper Box Arena event days, when paid car parking facilities are available at the Multi Storey Car Park on Waterden Road.
The new pedestrian bridge is now open from Fish Island into the Park by the Bobby Moore Academy Primary School. The Monier Road bridge is closed as work is underway to replace this bridge; please follow diversion signs.
Boat tours are currently operating daily at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm. There is strict social distancing guidance in place.
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.
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.
The fountains on the park are currently switched off and will be turned on when it is possible to do so.
Photography and filming on the Park
Authorised crowd filming and photography may take place on the Park and in its venues, 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 at the Park is authorised by the Events Team who should be contacted at least ten days in advance at [email protected]
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.
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 now 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.
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 the Park is limited to small groups, in line with Government advice. 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.
The Park is evolving so even if you’re a regular visitor please note that some routes may have changed.
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 now follows a new 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.
Construction of the new University College London campus at the Park is underway and hoarding is now in place around the South Park Lawn near the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Although the lawn itself is no longer accessible to the public, the pedestrian routes around it remain open. Please follow the signs to reach the Park when paths are diverted.
The docking station near the Copper Box Arena is closed for further Copper Street works. Alternative docking stations are available on Parkes Street and Lesney Avenue nearby.
As part of the work to build East Wick and Sweetwater, the Park’s next two neighbourhoods of 1,500 homes, essential works continue to install underground utilities on Copper Street. The first phases of these works are now complete, and a further phase will run through to the end of July.
The new highway linking the south of the Park to Waterden Road is expected to open later in summer 2020. Work continues on this project within the temporary hoarding in place in the south of the Park. This hoarding runs from next to Stadium Bridge 2, through Mandeville Place and up to Waterden Road. All of these areas of the Park remain open during this time, but the following will require changes in route:
- There is no access to Stadium Bridge 3 or the Bobby Moore Academy from Mandeville Place (access from the Marshgate Lane side of Marshgate Terrace remains unchanged).
- Alternative cycle parking can be found near Carpenters Road Lock, and at the Copper Box Arena.
- Alternative routes are in place for access to the Great British Gardens.
- There are temporary lane closures on Clarnico Lane, Waterden Road and Carpenters Road to create the new junctions for the roadways.
- Works on Marshgate Terrace to the north of the Bobby Moore Academy Primary School have reduced the road width to one lane.