The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its Stratford environs is one of the busiest and most unusual development areas in London. The Olympic Park, its venues and village are all now open in their post Olympic form, alongside Europe’s largest urban retail centre and the office sector, known as the International Quarter now under construction.
This is an opportunity to explore this rapidly changing area, in the context both of its rich industrial past, and ambitious plans for the future, which include ‘Olympicopolis’, containing new facilities for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London.
The tour takes in all the Olympic venues, the Orbit, the north and south Park, and through what is now known as East Village, with a brief incursion into the dramatically different world beyond the Park at Hackney Wick.
Your guide is Ralph Ward, who has worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.
Meeting point: At the big red 'Robert Steam Engine' outside the main entrance of Stratford Underground Station and opposite the bus station.
Cost £25.50. Tour duration 2.5 hours approx
Saturday 8 April 11am Book here
Image c. Angus Hamilton
"I was curious about the new developments and seeing what had happened to King's Cross in the 26 years since I worked in the area. I loved how the new developments are so sensitive to the old"
"We were very interested to see how the King's Cross area is progressing, it's such an important development, taking place almost on our doorstep."
Read about all our pioneering programmes designed for people to learn about and advocate for the value of good design through first-hand experience
Regular polls, surveys and research into Londoners' attitudes towards design quality and built environment issues
Find out how Open-City provides independent advice and support to communities