London 2012

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.

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.”

Are you travelling to the Olympic Park?

Olympic VillageIf you’re travelling to the Olympic Park, these maps will help your journey.

As well as the main entrance at Stratford, there are other gates at:

  • Greenway on Stratford High Street
  • Victoria Gate in Hackney Wick
  • Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (The W15 bus towards Hackney from Leytonstone Plaza, outside Leytonstone tube station, stops by Eton Manor Gate on Eastway)
  • Leytonstone bus map

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).

Get Ahead of the Games daily travel reminders

Download the Get Ahead of the Games calendar for daily travel reminders.

Other travel links

See the right hand column and the bottom of this page for other travel links and travel feeds from Transport for London and the Highways Agency.


There are still some tickets available, but you have to order them online, you can’t just turn up at the park and buy them on the spot. Beware of people trying to resell tickets or selling tickets through unauthorised sources: you almost certainly won’t get in with a ticket you’ve bought through an unauthorised source and may be committing a criminal offence!

The London 2012 website has details on:

Leyton Food Stalls

Waltham Forest Council has created a special international food market on Marshall Road, near to Leyton tube station and the Olympic Park.

The market runs from 27 July to 9 September and is offering 30 hot and cold food hall stalls, run mainly by local restaurants and café owners. The market has been established in partnership with North London Business and Skateco UK.

The old Leyton Town Hall has also opened as a pop-up pub Leyton Technical , run by the Antic Group, which runs the Red Lion in Leytonstone and other pubs around London.

Marshall Road/Leyton Mills


Olympic Games 27 July to 12 August 2012

Paralympic Games 29 August to 9 September 2012

Confused by the Olympic travel changes?

Olympic Games Lane signA lot of people are coming to this site searching for information about temporary travel during the Olympics, especially on roads.

The Get Ahead of the Games website has an area where you can put in your postcode and check the impact for driving, cycling, pedestrians and public transport:

The main road impact for Leytonstone is that the A12 (M11 link road) has a Games Lane right down to and including the Blackwall Tunnel and A13, the roads around Stratford town centre, the new road north of the Olympic village, Temple Mills Lane, Ruckholt Road, and parts of High Road Leyton are all affected. As well as Games Lanes, some roads will be subject to closure. For example, there’s no entry to the A12 from the Green Man Roundabout from 23 July, operating from 0600-1100 each day until 14 August, then again for the Paralympic Games between 27 August until 11 September.

Get Ahead of the Games signIf you are leaving the M11, the Wanstead/Redbridge roundabout exit is affected but the London NE/Walthamstow exit does not appear to be.

The Games Lanes are sometimes on the left, sometimes in the middle, sometimes dedicated lanes, and sometimes shared with bus lanes.

Some restrictions are only temporary, so if you find you can drive freely one day, that may not apply at another time: do beware as the fine for using a Games Lane is £130!

There are also lots of other useful links about the Olympics and how they affect Leytonstone on the Olympics 2012 page.

See the bottom of each page on this website for other useful transport links including live feeds from eg the Highways Agency.

More information

Please share this information, not everybody appears to know where to find it!

If you’ve had particular problems, or found ways of avoiding disruption, please share in the comment box below.

Leytonstone Olympic Links

2012 Olympic site August 2011 2012 Olympic site in August 2011

There are lost of organisations involved in delivering the Olympics and with only 38 days to go and more and more people searching on this site for Olympic related content I’ve completely updated the Olympics 2012 page to bring together many of the most important links that locals in Leytonstone and visitors alike might find most useful for the Olympic and Paralympic period.

So you’ll find links to local council information, London 2012, travel, car parking permits, information for business and a whole lot more.

Let me know if you find any links out of date or you think I’ve missed anything.

Don’t forget if you go to the Translation page, then click on one of the forty languages shown, the whole of this site will translate into that language (well, into Google Translate’s interpretation of that language, which isn’t always spot on, but it may help visitors and show we try to be welcoming here in the East End).

Please do share this page on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites and with anyone who would find it useful!

You can give a direct link to the page as (more information about the name of this site coming shortly …)