The 2012 Olympic Games have not just left a legacy of sporting venues in their wake but have regenerated a forgotten part of the capital to create a thriving new 21st century city
Two words defined the London 2012 Olympic Games and are arguably the reasons why London won its bid: regeneration and legacy. Prior to the Olympic Games London’s Stratford contained some of the most deprived areas in the country and had been scarred by decades of under-investment and under-development. Today, its northern hinterlands which were once a barren wasteland devastated by post-industrial decline have been transformed into the Europe’s largest new urban park in 150 years alongside which Europe’s biggest urban shopping centre has been built. The stunning sporting showpiece venues of the 2012 games still form the highlights of the new park. But these are now surrounded by ambitious and ongoing plans to create thousands more new homes, shops and offices in one of the most astonishing urban regeneration exercises Europe has ever mounted. With many of these new buildings conveying the very latest in contemporary cutting-edge architecture and design, the site of the 2012 games not only provides a compelling study in regeneration but also offers a fascinating glimpse into the London of the future.
London (Olympic) Stadium
WALK START LOCATION: Stratford station / Map
WALK ENDS: Near Stratford International Station