- West Ham match day road closure
- Safety on the Park
- London Blossom Garden
- New ways to enter the Park
- Fish Island bridges
- Monier Road bridge
- Boat tours and swan pedalos
- Waterden Road cycle lanes
- Dog walking
- Riverside paths
- Fountains in the south of the Park
- 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
- Park Irrigation System
- Stratford Waterfront construction works
- UCL East sites
- North South Highway
- East Wick Phase II
There will be no access to Stadium island for non ticket holders on match days.
West Ham are playing at home on January 9, 12 and 16. Road closures will be in place at least two hours prior to each match. The games are at 2pm on January 9 and 16 and at 7.45pm on January 12. Stadium island will be closed to pedestrians on match days due to Covid protocol requirements.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the first in the UK to achieve Secure by Design accreditation and in our latest survey, 91% of visitors rated their personal safety around the Park as 8 out of 10 or more. Levels of crime on the Park are very low but we want to make sure you know about the safety measures we have in place so that if you ever find yourself lost, or want to speak to somebody about unusual behaviour, you know how we can help you.
Full safety information can be found here.
London Blossom Garden is a new public garden of blossom trees to commemorate Londoners who have lost their lives to COVID-19. London Blossom Garden will open this summer and 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 have worked together to create the garden.
The LLDC policy for memorials on the Park can be found here.
Pedestrians and cyclists are now able to access the Park via Gainsborough Bridge located in Hackney Wick.
The new pedestrian bridge is now open from Fish Island into the Park by the Bobby Moore Academy Primary School.
Monier Road bridge is now open for pedestrians and cyclists. Work on the bridge will continue to complete the infrastructure, so that a new bus route can cross here from 2022.
Swan pedalos and boat tours are now closed until the spring.
Waterden Road cycle lanes: please note that these are closed between the East Wick and the Multi Storey Car Park due to ongoing construction. Please follow the diversion signs in place during this period.
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.
Access to footpaths at the north of the Park are currently closed due to flooding.
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 are now closed for winter.
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]
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 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
You may use the Park for picnics with one other person, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 this year.