Guardian Olympic park walking tour

1. The Princess Of Wales

7.0
146 Lea Bridge Rd., London, Greater London
Pub · Hackney · 28 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: A lovely place for a weekend pint by the Lea Navigation Canal, which runs from Lea Bridge Road to Bow Lock. Opened in 1768 to bypass Old River Lea & the start of a route towards the Olympic village Read more.

2. Hackney Cut

51.560931,-0.044632, London, Greater London
Field · Hackney · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: Hackney also has a huge amount of green space: of its 19.7 sq km expanse, 3.3 sq km are green. The canal – built to make transporting goods easier – runs right up to the Olympic Park. Read more.

Middlesex Filter Beds is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

3. Middlesex Filter Beds

7.9
Lea Bridge Rd., Lea Bridge, Greater London
Nature Preserve · 5 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: For concrete-weary city-dwellers, the Middlesex Filter Beds are a true delight. They were decommissioned in 1969 and turned into a nature reserve that is open at weekends and holidays. Read more.

Hackney Marshes is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

4. Hackney Marshes

8.6
Homerton Rd., Hackney, Greater London
Park · Hackney · 10 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: From where you are standing you can see a huge number of football pitches here, leading Hackney council to claim this is 'the spiritual home of Sunday-league football'. Read more.

5. Lesney Matchbox factory

51.552006,-0.03062, London, Greater London
Factory · Hackney · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: Leslie and Rodney Smith (no relation) joined forces to create the catchy 'Lesney' product range, including a miniature toy car small enough to fit into a matchbox. Some great graffiti around here too. Read more.

Media Centre viewing point/Leabank Sq blog is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

6. Media Centre viewing point/Leabank Sq blog

51.546672,-0.024676, London, Greater London
Scenic Lookout · Wick · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: Peeping through the sky-high security fence you can see the media centre, where thousands of journalists will be broadcasting to around the world in hundreds of languages. Read more.

Eton Mission rowing club (viewing point) is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

7. Eton Mission rowing club (viewing point)

51.54469,-0.022332, London, Greater London
Scenic Lookout · Wick · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: On the opposite side of the bank you can see the Eton Mission Rowing Club, which despite appearances is still going. Established in 1885 by old Etonians, rowers have been up the cut for 100 years Read more.

London 2012 Copper Box is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

8. London 2012 Copper Box

Olympic Park, Stratford, Greater London
Stadium · Wick · 5 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: On this side of the bank you can see the Copper Box, venue for handball, goalball and the fencing -made from more than 3,000sq m of copper cladding designed to develop a rich natural colour as it ages Read more.

9. hackney wick street art

51.542735,-0.022032, London, Greater London
Scenic Lookout · Tower Hamlets · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: All around the Olympic site you can see yellow sentry posts, part of the security operation to make sure the London 2012 Olympics are safe. Behind this you can see more Hackney Wick street art. Read more.

The Counter Cafe & Roastery is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

10. The Counter Cafe & Roastery

9.2
7 Roach Rd (Stour Space), Greater London, Greater London
Café · Tower Hamlets · 108 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: A great local stopping-off point for a warming hot chocolate or a superlative pie. It also has a pretty unbeatable view of the Olympic stadium. Read more.

Old Ford Lock is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

11. Old Ford Lock

7.6
River Lee Navigation (at Dace Rd.), Bow, Greater London
Canal Lock · Tower Hamlets · 3 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: On the right are Hackney Wick warehouses where Percy Dalton's once made peanuts and now artists like Bridget Riley make art in studios but also on the street. If it's stationary, it's a canvas. Read more.

Olympic Athlete's Warm Up Track is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

12. Olympic Athlete's Warm Up Track

51.536333,-0.017906, Stratford, Greater London
Athletics & Sports · Stratford and New Town · 2 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: Beneath your feet here is the track from the athletes' warm-up area to the stadium. Real Olympians will run on it. That's it Read more.

ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

13. ArcelorMittal Orbit

7.8
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Greater London
Monument / Landmark · Stratford and New Town · 15 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: This is where it will all happen. The stadium will have 80,000 seats for the Games and shrink to a 60,000-seat venue for a variety of sporting and cultural events. Read more.

London 2012 Aquatics Centre is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

14. London 2012 Aquatics Centre

Olympic Park, Stratford, Greater London
Pool · Stratford and New Town · 31 tips and reviews

The GuardianThe Guardian: The swooping curved roof of the Aquatics Centre – designed by architect Zaha Hadid – is the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park and a good thing too. Read more.

Basketball arena and Velodrome viewing point is one of Guardian Olympic park walking tour.

15. Basketball arena and Velodrome viewing point

51.535605,-0.014162, London, Greater London
Scenic Lookout · Stratford and New Town · 1 tip

The GuardianThe Guardian: In the distance you can see the roof of the amazingly brilliant velodrome. Nicknamed the giant Pringle for its curves & a runner-up for the Royal Institute of British Architects building of the year. Read more.