parents and baby dining outside at East Village in the Olympic Park

Head to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this Summer Holiday 

This summer is the summer to do all of those local things that you always put off doing because you think you can do them anytime. Summers fly by and kids are not kids forever. A great way to enjoy the new normal is to spend your summer at the park. Not just any ordinary park though- our Olympic legacy.

There is plenty to discover at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Whether you’re entertaining the kids in the Park’s exciting playgrounds, going for a refreshing swim in the newly opened London Aquatic Centre or catching some rays alongside the canal with your friends– there really is something for everyone.

You can be reassured that their parks teams are busy cleaning and patrolling every day; They are taking your safety very seriously and you can check the latest updates on what’s open on their dedicated Coronavirus updates page.

Nature Explorers

Go on an adventure and discover the Kids Explorer and Biodiversity trails Find yourself surrounded by flowers from around the world at the 2012 Gardens, or wander through the Wetlands that are home to hundreds of different birds, waterfowl and amphibians. The Park is open daily and free for you to enjoy, whatever the weather!

Row Row Row Your Boat

Take to the water and explore the Park in a unique way this summer on their beautiful swan pedalos, or relax and unwind on a guided boat tour on the river that runs through the Park. Either option makes for a great day out for the whole family and there is social distancing guidance in place for visitors’ safety. The pedalos operate daily from 12pm – 5pm and boat tours run every day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Let Them Play!

Alongside all the acres of parkland, there are playgrounds and places to play in both the north and south of the Park! The Pleasure Gardens, just off Tessa Jowell Boulevard in the south of the Park, is an open play area with oversized swings, slides and a giant sandpit! There’s even a climbing wall along the canal path! In the north of the Park, there’s plenty to explore at the iconic Tumbling Bay playground. Please note the northern pine tree section of Tumbling Bay playground remains closed. Make sure to wash those hands after sharing play equipment with other children.


Ride the Slide ArcelorMittal Orbit

Ride the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide this summer! A hair-raising experience that’s not for the faint-hearted – you’ll go through the twists, turns and drops of The Slide that loops around the UK’s tallest sculpture. You’ll also be treated to stunning skyline vistas across London, including unbeatable views of the Park, from the indoor and outdoor viewing platforms.

The safety and enjoyment of visitors is the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s top priority and there are enhanced measures in place to keep you safe. These include all sliders wearing a mask, non-invasive temperature checks on arrival, a one-way system to maximise social distancing and a robust cleaning regime.

Tickets are limited so book yours now!

Dive In The Water’s Fine

Who needs a hotel swimming pool when you can take a dip at the architectural masterpiece that is the London Aquatics Centre 

Anyone for Tennis?

Over in the north of the Park, some outdoor activities are available to pre-book at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and the striking Lee Valley VeloPark. Experience mountain bike trails in the middle of London, or sign up for a game of tennis in the fresh air. Prebooking is essential.

Hungry? Thirsty?

The Park is full of unique cafés, bars and restaurants to suit every taste – whether you want a quick bite or a three-course meal. Drop by Canalside at Here East for dinner with a view or head over to East Village where you’ll find plenty of options for a delicious meal and a socially distanced pint! Grab something for your picnic at The Last Drop Cafe.

Toilets are open at the Park at The Podium and The Timber Lodge which have a robust cleaning schedule in place.