Relive London 2012

If you’ve not been back to the Park since the magical summer of London 2012, you’ll be amazed how much it’s changed – and created a lasting legacy for east London! But there’s still so much here to bring the memories flooding back – here are our top 10 suggestions for a nostalgic day out…

  1. Many of the stunning venues of the London 2012 are still on the Park – and you can admire their architecture for free! Check out the London Aquatics Centre, ArcelorMittal Orbit, London Stadium, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre as you walk around the Park. 
  2. Get more from your walk, by following our free London 2012 trail and look out for the floor markings all around the Park – can you jump as far as Greg Rutherford? Or for more insight into the Park’s Games-time history, book onto a Guided Tour.
  3. Designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of the most striking and enduring visual legacies of the Games. Find out more about its construction and role in London 2012 – as well as take in stunning views of the Park – with a Skyline Views ticket.
  4. If you want to get active, you can swim or dive in the wake of champions at the London Aquatics Centre, where ParalympicsGB won an astonishing 39 medals. Or the iconic velodrome is at the heart of Lee Valley VeloPark, and you can now take part in track cycling, road racing, BMX and mountain biking there – you can even hire bikes and safety equipment.
  5. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of London Stadium and see how it’s the home of international sporting events to this day! The area around London Stadium is also home to the Olympic Bell, and the Wall of Champions, which celebrates every London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medal winner.
  6. The Olympic Rings in the north of the Park weigh 13.4 tonnes – you can also find the Agitos, the symbol of the Paralympic Games, and they’re both great for a photo stop!
  7. Mandeville Place honours the legacy of one of the most successful ever Paralympic Games. The small orchard draws inspiration from the use of apples in the opening ceremony, and a new variety of apple is grown here. Named Paradice Gold, ‘para’ comes from Paralympic, and ‘d, i, c, e’ stand for the four Paralympic values: Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality.
  8. The Park and its venues continue to host international sporting events and championships – check out our What’s On page to find your next chance to see your sporting heroes in action!
  9. Ever wondered what happened to the Athletes’ Village? It’s now East Village – home to thousands of people, and some great bars and restaurants, and a programme of special events, so why not explore?
  10. The International Press and Broadcast centre is now Here East – a thriving technology and innovation campus. There’s a free shuttle bus for Here East visitors and staff, and it’s also home to a great range of Canalside bars and restaurants.