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While the Olympic Park in east London has finally introduced many Londoners, perhaps for the first time, to this part of town, beyond the Olympic Park lies a different and still unknown world, a mysterious collection of waterways, natural open spaces, and important relics of London's industrial era which London's subsequent growth and development has barely touched.
The Lea Valley remains one of the least known, connections are hard to find and the urban area is seemingly impossible to navigate, certainly on foot. Its rich industrial history played a singular part in the evolution of the metropolis; more recently it has been discovered by artists whose studios, galleries and workshops pepper the riverside. This walk provides an opportunity to get to know the area before it too is submerged by new building, as 'Central London moves east'.
Your guide 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.
Meet: Outside The View Tube, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Greenway, Marshgate Lane E15 2PJ. Duration 2-2.5hrs. Tour ends at Blackwall DLR station.
This is a new walk for 2020, consolidating our 2 walking tours of the River Lea into 1 new tour.