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London 2012 Olympics

Latest news, articles and photos

London 2012 Olympics - Latest news, articles and photos

Watch the Paris Olympics on big outdoor screens in London
Watch the Paris Olympics on big outdoor screens in London

Watch the Paris Olympics on big outdoor screens in London

There will be (at least) three free "fan zones in London for people wanting to watch the Paris Olympics this summer.

May
28
London Pocket Parks: Mirabelle Gardens, E20
London Pocket Parks: Mirabelle Gardens, E20

London Pocket Parks: Mirabelle Gardens, E20

A decade ago, a new Stratford park was being enjoyed by athletes relaxing from the Olympics and a year later it opened to the less athletic public. A decade on, it's bedded in, but also showing signs of a decade of use in places.

Nov
28
2023
Redevelopment plans at the Olympic Park for Network Rail’s Bow Goods Yard
Redevelopment plans at the Olympic Park for Network Rail’s Bow Goods Yard

Redevelopment plans at the Olympic Park for Network Rail’s Bow Goods Yard

The last large plot of land left over from the London 2012 Olympics is set to be developed as Network Rail opens a masterplan process for the site.

Jun
28
2023
Local councils to reclaim planning powers from the Olympic Park
Local councils to reclaim planning powers from the Olympic Park

Local councils to reclaim planning powers from the Olympic Park

The local councils that surround the Olympic Park are taking back planning control over their areas from the end of 2024, having lost it in 2012.

Oct
18
2022
New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy
New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy

New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy

In the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics (it's been a decade already?), there's an exhibition looking at how the legacy of those games has left its mark in Stratford.

Apr
26
2022
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

A small roadside park alongside St Pancras Station has something hidden in the bushes - pieces of the London 2012 Olympic rings.

Jul
15
2021
Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering
Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering

Olympic Park’s Orbital legacy foundering

The twisted red mass of tubes next to the Olympic Stadium that was supposed to be a local landmark is proving to be more of a millstone for the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Aug
28
2019
Red Arrows flying over East London on Saturday
Red Arrows flying over East London on Saturday

Red Arrows flying over East London on Saturday

Look to the skies, for the red, white and blue of the Red Arrows will be gracing the skies of east London on Saturday (21st July 2018).

Jul
20
2018

Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2018

Gin, Umbrella Jousting, Gin, Three-Trousered Limbo, Gin, Moustache Wrestling, Gin, Quill Throwing, Gin and Bounders.

May
06
2018
Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station
Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station

Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station

To mark the latest Olympic games, some of the Paralympians have been rendered into art form and are on display at the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf.

Sep
10
2016
Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track
Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track

Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track

The former Olympic Stadium is selling off parts of the London 2012 racing track, as souvenirs.

Jul
25
2016

Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2016

Gin, Umbrella Jousting, Gin, Three-Trousered Limbo, Gin, Moustache Wrestling, Gin, Quill Throwing, Gin and Bounders.

May
06
2016
Orbital Lego exhibition coming to London
Orbital Lego exhibition coming to London

Orbital Lego exhibition coming to London

For a couple of weeks, there will be an exhibition of London-inspired models made from Lego -- on display in the Orbit observation thingy in the Olympic Park.

Jan
31
2015
The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display
The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display

The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display

Since time immemorial, the flame has been a symbol of the Olympic Games. Well, at least since 1936, it has been, when the first Olympic Cauldron was introduced for the German Games of 1936.

Jul
24
2014
Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park
Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park

Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park

There was a chance the other night to take a brief look at part of the sealed off Olympic Park that is due to open to the general public on Saturday.

Apr
03
2014
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Over the next few weeks, people will start typing E20 in to websites as the first part of their address as they move into new flats built on the Olympic Park.

Jul
18
2013
Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight
Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight

Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight

Over the past few months, I have occasionally noticed a countdown clock at the top of the Olympic park website noting when the part reopens to the public.

Jun
10
2013
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Curators at the Museum of London are used to handling objects that may have been dug up out of damp ground and carefully dried to preserve them for display.

Apr
30
2013
Public tours of The Orbit start again
Public tours of The Orbit start again

Public tours of The Orbit start again

Surrounded by a building site, one of the few objects within the Olympic Park that doesn't have builders crawling all over it is the Orbit Tower.

Apr
01
2013
Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands
Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands

Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands

On the opposite side of the docks from the City Airport can be found a remnant of London 2012 artistic endeavours, in the form of a large set of bronze sculptures.

Mar
07
2013
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

As noted by Diamond Geezer yesterday and by myself today, the Greenway next to the Olympic Park has reopened, as has the View Tube at one end.

Dec
02
2012
Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start
Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start

Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start

The former Olympic park is to start offering free bus tours of the site during the conversion from its Olympic layout to the new public park that will open progressively during 2013-14.

Nov
15
2012
Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos
Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos

Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos

If you watched the last moments of the Paralympics closing ceremony last night when the fireworks went off at Stratford, you might have seen a short clip of a small display happening at Tower Bridge as well.

Sep
10
2012
Building the Olympics – bedtime reading
Building the Olympics – bedtime reading

Building the Olympics – bedtime reading

Now that we have all gushed over the various Olympic venues, it might be worth sparing a moment to consider the planning and effort that went into building them. Fortunately, the usually subscription only Institute of Civil Engineering have put

Sep
09
2012