Olympics 2012

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.

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

Olympic Park London06
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).

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).

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.


Tickets

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


Dates

Olympic Games 27 July to 12 August 2012

Paralympic Games 29 August to 9 September 2012

New Look Leytonstone

Outside Leytonstone station towards Church Lane

Outside the station towards Church Lane

The last week or so has seen the finishing touches to the building work that has been going on the length of Leytonstone High Road, in the town centre and along Whipps Cross Road to give Leytonstone a new and brighter look ready for the Olympics.

I haven’t managed to get photos of everything, the weather has not been so kind, but I’ve added a collection of photos showing most of the work and I’ve summarised some of the other main changes that have happened in the last year or so on New Look Leytonstone.

A lot has happened, new pubs, a market, an art gallery and more and all against the backdrop of one of the most horrible recessions in living history.

So, if you know someone thinking of moving to Leytonstone, investing here, or who just has a view of the area which is second hand or out of date, please share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, by email or however you can and send them to this page, it might just help!

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