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Stratford’s summer in the limelight
London’s bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was confident, bold and ambitious. It promised extraordinary facilities, spectacular architecture, and an immense programme of development, regeneration and renewal.
It delivered on every promise. The London 2012 vision was the spark that ignited Stratford’s renaissance. For its part, Stratford has shown a powerful resolve to realise this once-in-a-generation opportunity, to the lasting benefit of the local area, London, the UK and the world.
The figures are well-known :- for five weeks in 2012, Stratford welcomed 23,000 athletes and officials and over 20,000 media, as representatives from 205 nations competed in 300 events, watched by a worldwide audience of billions. The stage that was set for the event was magnificent. The five major venues in Stratford’s Olympic Park are arresting, distinctive and architecturally exciting. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies delighted and astonished billions of viewers around the world - and who can forget the image of Her Majesty The Queen seemingly parachuting into the Olympic Stadium, accompanied by James Bond?
Every day during the Games Stratford was unbelievably vibrant as hundreds and thousands of spectators converged to watch the world’s greatest athletes fight for the ultimate honour in their chosen sport.
It’s impossible to do the memory of London 2012 justice in just a few brief paragraphs. From SRP’s point of view, one of the critical factors is the way in which London 2012’s spectacular venues and infrastructure has defined the identity and appeal of the area in years to come.
And yet what is key to Stratford's renaissance are the sporting, cultural, social, educational and community opportunities that London 2012 has inspired, and which all of our partners are developing together for the benefit of local residents, both current and future.
Visiting the Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now fully open. In this beautiful 226 acre green space, visitors can meander in the meadows and stroll along the waterways, watching for wildlife among the reeds. Some of the spectacular sporting facilities where the world’s finest competitors raised the roof are now yours to enjoy. Make a splash in the wake of champions in the Aquatic Centre; work out in the gym or play badminton in the Copper Box Arena; take a spin round the cycle tracks and trails of the VeloPark. Don’t leave without making the ascent up the iconic Arcelor Mittal Orbit for a bird’s eye view of it all, and check out our great programme of activities and events this year.
The View Tube is a visitor centre and viewing platform offering unrivalled views of the Stadium and Olympic Park, located on the Greenway. Moka East is the cafe at the View Tube, run by Liliana, Mario Saggese and David Illari . Liliana’s family have run businesses in Stratford since the 1960s and they have established themselves as a fantastic place for locally roasted coffee, fresh food, pastries and a very warm welcome.