We start with a look round the central area of the Olympic Park, taking a look at the outside of the Olympic stadium and swimming complex, which have been much altered since the Olympics to begin their new lives as part of the local community. We also see the controversial Orbit. We then make our way out of the park past the new accommodation blocks of Stratford to see the ‘Ikea’ torch (we’ll explain the nickname) which overlooks a canal which pre-Olympics was changed so it could be used in building the Olympic Park. We also see how this once derelict area is being completely rebuilt into a canalside complex of hotel, accommodation, canal boat restaurant and pedalo rental. We walk along the canal and through the new canalside park to Three Mills, perhaps the most charming place in East London where 18th century mills sit at the confluence of three waterways including the River Lea. We see what has changed here, before crossing the Lea to enter the East End. We pass through ‘Tesco Town’ (we’ll explain) and into the historic Bow of a Gandhi visit, Sylvia Pankhurst, the Lester sisters, the Lansburys and the Bryant & May Match Factory. And we’ll see what the Olympics have done to regenerate this area and what legacy it has left.
Start Pudding Mill Lane DLR
Finish Bow Church DLR