Olympics 2012

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Paralympic Games and Jubilee Park opening

MandevilleToday’s the day when the Paralympic flame comes to Waltham Forest just before it moves on to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic flame will start its route at the Lea Valley Ice centre then go up Lea Bridge Road and right into Orient Way to the new Jubilee Park (the former Marsh Lane Playing Fields) in Leyton, which will be officially opened tonight.

There will be a fun fair in Jubilee Park, food and drink and local acts. The event is open 5-9pm and the torch is expected at 7.30pm. You don’t need tickets and entrance to the park is free.

For details of the Paralympic flame route and opening of Jubilee Park see the London Borough of Waltham Forest Big6 website.

If you have tickets to the Paralympic Games and your travel instructions advise using Eton Manor Gate (the nearest entrance to Leyton), see this page for directions to Eton Manor Gate. I’ve ahd a report that Eton Manor gate is not open for the Opening ceremony. Do follow the advice from the Paralympic Games (London 2012) though.

If you’re travelling from outside the borough see the right hand margin and foot of this page for links and travel updates from Transport for London and the Highways Agency.

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).
Hollow ponds Leytonstone

Happy Bank Holiday

Hollow ponds LeytonstoneThe Paralympics starts next week with the torch relay coming to Leyton on Wednesday evening to coincide with the reopening of the former Marsh Lane Playing Fields as the Jubilee Park. Entrance is free and there will be lots of activities to take part in.

If the weather is nice — and some sun is promised for the weekend — taking a boat out on Hollow Ponds is always a good way to enjoy the weather and you can buy teas, coffees, ice creams and quick food from three places by the pond or pop over the road for a full meal at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel.

Eel and Pie House Harrow Green LeytonstoneLeytonstone shops, restaurants and cafés would also welcome your custom, with a wide range of food on offer including English, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Romanian, Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean in the town centre, not forgetting the stylish Horizon Patisserie, through to the new Lithuanian Shepherd’s Inn pub right next door to a traditional East End Eel & Pie House in Harrow Green. And lots more besides.

Art exhibition

Although the Stone Space is closed for a summer break until 29 August, there’s a four week art exhibition in the temporary space outside Leytonstone tube called ‘Present’, so if you haven’t been already don’t miss it! The exhibition runs from 20 August to 17 September.

Saturday 25 August

The Lion Heart Market

… will be outside the Red Lion again this Saturday. The Lion Heart Market offers vintage, craft and hand-made and ‘not on the high street’ products from local people. The market is open from 10am to 6pm, and it costs nothing to browse! There’s wheelchair access to the pub and garden, a ground floor disabled toilet.

Thursdays

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

The sun is setting earlier now so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views from St John’s Church on their Thursday evening tours.

Looking ahead

Sunday 9 September, 2-4pm

Launch of Church Lane Community Garden

Church Lane Leytonstone, between the footbridge stairs and 111 Harold Road.

A chance for local people to come and see the proposed site and to contribute their ideas and sign up to get involved.

Sunday 16 September

OlivesCar Free Day

The annual Leytonstone Car Free Day is organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and will be on Sunday 16 September. There will be a mix of entertainment, local stalls and a French market.

Have a great Bank Holiday!

Paralympic Torch Relay

Olympic StadiumThe Paralympic Torch Relay is coming to Waltham Forest on Wednesday 29 August to coincide with the opening of Leyton Jubilee Park.

Find out more about the Paralympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Games.

New Sport page

Cathall Leisure CentreWith the Olympics fresh in everybody’s minds and the Paralympics still to come, I’ve upgraded the sports information on this website and given Sport its own page under Free Time.

With very few teams and clubs actually based in Leytonstone it’s difficult to find authoritative information anywhere, so if you know of a team or club that should be included (or any information proves to be incorrect), please let me know using the Contact Form.

Going to the Closing Ceremony? Consider Eton Manor Gate to avoid the Stratford crush

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Above: Velodrome and Basketball arena

If you’re going to the Olympic Park and are worried about the crowds at Stratford, don’t forget you can also use the Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (near Spitalfields).

Get off at Leyton tube and walk down Ruckholt Road or through the Leyton Mills trading estate past Asda.

It’s about 15 minutes’ walk from Leyton tube, or you can get the W15 bus from Leytonstone tube station (Leytonstone Plaza side) to Eastway (or the W14 to Ruckholt Road then walk about 5 minutes).

Parkland near the Velodrome looking towards the Olympic StadiumEton Manor Gate is the nearest gate from Leytonstone to the Velodrome, BMX Track, Basketball arena, Riverbank Arena and Copperbox and the bandstand and Park Live screen, but is the opposite end of the Olympic Park to the Stadium and Aquatics Centre. It’s a good 20 minute walk from Eton Manor Gate to the Stadium, but a very pleasant one along the river and newly planted parkland.

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).

Still looking for an Olympic ticket?

Olympic flag on The MallClub France have just tweeted that they still have tickets available. Go to the Club France website for details.

Please do not contact this website, I’m just passing on their message and have no official information at all, nor do I know whether London 2012 has/hasn’t any more tickets available (and please don’t go to touts)!!

Olympic Park photographs

Olympic Park London04For the many people frustrated that they haven’t been able to buy a ticket to the Olympic Park, I’ve created a page with some photographs I took this week.

The photographs concentrate on the park, rather than sport.

Please share, there are a lot of people who are missing out on this surprising new addition to London’s park life.

Going to the Olympic Park? Avoid the crush use Eton Manor Gate instead?

Olympic Park Velodrome and Basketball Arena
Above: Velodrome and Basketball arena

If you’re going to the Olympic Park and are worried about the crush at Stratford, don’t forget you can also use the Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (near Spitalfields).

Get off at Leyton tube and walk down Ruckholt Road or through the Leyton Mills trading estate past Asda and the pop-up food market on Marshall Road.

It’s about 15 minutes’ walk from Leyton tube, or you can get the W15 bus from Leytonstone tube station (Leytonstone Plaza side) to Eastway (or the W14 to Ruckholt Road then walk about 5 minutes).

Parkland near the Velodrome looking towards the Olympic StadiumEton Manor Gate is the nearest gate from Leytonstone to the Velodrome, BMX Track, Basketball arena, Riverbank Arena and Copperbox and the bandstand and Park Live screen, but is the opposite end of the Olympic Park to the Stadium and Aquatics Centre — though a pleasant walk along the river and newly planted parkland.

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).

Shop in Leytonstone (Westfield part-closed Friday and Saturday)

Westfield Stratford CityWestfield Stratford City has sent a message out saying that it will have restricted opening today (Friday 3 August) and tomorrow (Saturday 4 August), because of the Olympics, so if you were thinking of shopping or going to a restaurant there — choose Leytonstone instead!

This is the email from Westfield:

“Games Organisers, including LOCOG, TfL and the Metropolitan Police, are implementing managed access to Westfield Stratford City for the high demand Games days, today Friday 3rd August, and Saturday 4th August.
On these days, all Olympic Park venues will be operational resulting in a large increase in the number of Olympic Games visitors.
 
To assist with the smooth running of the Games, Westfield is working with the Games organisers to allow Centre access to accredited personnel, hospitality visitors and Games ticket holders only between the hours of 10.30am and 5.00pm on these two busy days.
 
Outside these hours, Westfield Stratford City’s shops will be open to all visitors until 11.00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.
 
Extended trading hours will resume on Sunday 5th August with all shops open until 11:00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.”