Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

There are many benefits to being an East Londoner: traditional pubs, great parks, decent work commutes, and being far away from west London scene. One other unexpected benefit is a surplus of space. Because of this, some of the most interesting new developments in London are happening here.

A quick ride on the Jubilee Line brings you to Stratford, home to an enormous Westfield’s shopping mall and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I have been curious about visiting ever since I saw the massive and truly bizarre ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture in the distance while I rode the cable car. Built for the 2012 London Olympics, it was designed by British sculptor Anish Kapoor. It’s difficult to not have an opinion of it and mine was mostly negative until I saw it up close.

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Winding through the structure is the world’s tallest and longest slide. You can hear the screams and laughter of the riders as the snake their way toward the ground…DSC_0881DSC_0877DSC_0876

Next to the chaotic angles of the ArcelorMittal Orbit you can find the stunning London Aquatics centre, designed by Zaha Hadid…

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