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15 April 2014 | Best Of London, Free & Cheap | By: Geoff Marshall

Video: Best Bits Of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Video: Best Bits Of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Nearly two years after the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has reopened to the public. It's had a bit of a makeover with new parkland, waterways, play areas and public artworks. But for the traditionalists among you there are still plenty of familiar sights to jog those happy memories of summer 2012. Video maker Geoff Marshall popped along to see what highlights, both old and new, can be found.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now open 24 hours a day and is free to visit with no additional charges to enjoy any of the open outdoor areas. Follow the links to find out more about visiting the ArcelorMittal OrbitAquatics Centre or Lee Valley VeloPark

For more information about the park and what it has to offer, visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park websiteIf you liked this, you might be interested in our recent podcast episode, recorded from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. 

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Barry

I take it you were shown round before it was open to the public, as that is the only reason I can think of why you were wearing a hi-vis vest. I assume you were told to wear it for "Health and Safety" reasons.

QEOP Fan w/reservations

Why do these comments keep changing? I saw one here recently and it has been removed. Also I posted a first hand experience comment and it hasn't been included ... hmmmmm, strategic editing ...... :/

QEOP Fan w/reservations

The park's new design is wonderful for children and adults
alike and so long as you are all up for a couple of miles walk, there is plenty
to keep the kids entertained for at least half a day. Definitely a fair
weather activity with little shelter if the weather changes suddenly and you
are a mile from your nearest tube station or Westfield mall. Oh, and do
take provisions!

A negative criticism is that one is a captive audience with the massively
overpriced refreshments. £3 for a small tub of ice cream is a wicked
trick to play on cash strapped parents and expectant children. A day in
the park yes, with an ice cream treat, sorry no, darlings; too expensive.
Come on guys, where's your moral responsibility - sting those that can't live
without their frappy-café, but let the kids have their own more reasonably
priced smiles.

I cannot understand why these cafes don't style themselves for the majority of
likely customers, not the few affluent ones. Better a thriving business
with wholesome atmosphere that becomes a genuine, recommended venue for family
entertainment, than a sham of a convenience only for the childless or business
parents 'on duty' with the kids.

By way of a constructive suggestion, Italian style roaming ice cream sellers on
bicycles selling reasonably priced wares who may be stopped on demand, or
licences for Ye Olde Ice Cream Van with caps on their prices or just simple ice
cream cones instead of fancy, plastic tubs with spoons which just create
rubbish. Capitalism shouldn't be allowed to take gratuitous advantage of
the children; let them have a childhood please - with ice cream.

Today a QEOP fan; tomorrow? We shall have to see how often we chose to
lug our lunch a mile across a man-made landscape to keep the kids happy for an
afternoon. That is, so long as they are prepared to do it without the
treat of an icecream.

Polly Dick

Yes, its much lovelier than this rather bleak video - the planting is spectacular, the children's playgrounds and natural vistas are to be enjoyed as well. We visit regularly, walking down from Walthamstow which is the best way to arrive and always find something new. But the lack of shelter when it rains … and the truly awful food are a disappointment. Most parks [ie Victoria park] manage grown-up food much better.