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The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its Stratford environs is one of the busiest and most unusual development areas in London. The Olympic Park, its venues and village are all now open in their post Olympic form, alongside Europe’s largest urban retail centre and the office sector, known as the International Quarter is now under construction.
This is an opportunity to explore this rapidly changing area, in the context both of its rich industrial past, and ambitious plans for the future, which include ‘Olympicopolis’, containing new facilities for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London.
The tour takes in all the Olympic venues, the Orbit, the north and south Park, and through what is now known as East Village, with a brief incursion into the dramatically different world beyond the Park at Hackney Wick.
Your guide is Ralph Ward, who has 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. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.
Meeting point: At the big red 'Robert Steam Engine' outside the main entrance of Stratford Underground Station and opposite the bus station.
Cost £25.50. Tour duration 2-2.5hrs