CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
RIGHT ON YOUR DOORSTEP
Whether it’s the Olympic-level sporting facilities, concerts and summer festivals in the park or Hackney Wick’s independent galleries, bars and artist studios, our east London neighbourhood caters to a feast of different tastes.
The O2 Arena
Just ten minutes on the Jubilee line from Stratford is the O2 Arena. The 20,000-seat, multi-purpose venue on the banks of the Thames has become the natural home for everything from huge concerts, sports events and New Year celebrations to bungee-jumping, ice skating and everything in between.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Larger than Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is an enormous cultural sweet spot in the heart of the city. 560 acres of parkland, waterways, wildlife and cycle trails play host to contemporary architecture, technology, sport and retail facilities.
The Aquatics Centre
The 2,800-capacity arena is an architectural icon of the London 2012 Olympics. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre comprises two 50-metre swimming pools, a 25-metre diving pool and state-of-the-art gym.
The Velodrome – The Lee Valley VeloPark
The scene of Team GB’s record medal haul in 2012, the award-winning 6,000 capacity stadium already has a rich history. Boasting the fastest track in the world, the velodrome is part of the Lee Valley VeloPark – a sprawling sports centre that caters to complete amateurs, world champions and everything in between.
The Copper Box Arena
Right in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is one of London’s most flexible indoor venues. If the Olympic-level gym and fitness facilities aren’t your thing, chances are one of the netball, badminton or gymnastics events might be. Failing that, there’s always the endless exhibitions, conferences, award shows and parties to choose from.