London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens to the public

The South area of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open to the public for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 5 April, with many venues offering meetings and event spaces.

In 18 months, the London Legacy Development Corporation has led the transformation of the former Olympic Park into London’s newest Park, with parklands and waterways, sporting venues, arts and events.

“The opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park marks an historic chapter in London’s post-Olympic  story,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson. “Our city’s newest park is crammed with attractions and activities set in acres of green spaces. This is now a must-see destination for Londoners and visitors alike and forms a centrepiece for our regeneration plans in Stratford and beyond.”

The 114.5m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, will provide visitors with a new perspective of London and unrivalled views of the Park. With two viewing platforms visitors can see over 20 miles across London. The venue also offers an events space, EastTwenty Bar & Kitchen, and rooftop terrace.
 
“Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a stunning new events destination for London and we’re thrilled to see the venues on the Park open their doors.,” said Tracy Halliwell, Director of Business Tourism and Major Events at London & Partners. “The Park itself is a fantastic new landmark for London and the venues within it are truly iconic and provide an inspirational backdrop for both business events and incentive travel.”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, added: “The opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is not the end of the transformation story. We are building a new heart of east London, creating jobs, building new homes, and bringing in investment, culture and education with partners like the Victoria and Albert Museum and University College London. It is a truly exciting time and we encourage people to come and see Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for themselves.”

More than a million visitors have already enjoyed the Park since it began to open in July 2013 with concerts and the Anniversary Games. The Copper Box Arena was the first former Olympic and Paralympic venue to open to the public and has already had more than 100,000 visitors and hosted a series of events. This success continued with the opening of the iconic London Aquatics Centre on 1 March, which has already had over 55,000 visitors, and Lee Valley VeloPark which opened its doors for public use for the first time on 31 March.

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