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.”

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’s arts season kicks off this weekend

Langthorne Park amphitheatreWith Euro 2012, the Olympics and the beginning of Wimbledon next week likely to dominate the media in the next few days, let’s not forget that the Arts Season in Leytonstone kicks off this weekend.

Arts in the Park

On Saturday and Sunday there’s art and music and more at Arts in the Park in Langthorne Park, Leytonstone. See the Waltham Forest Guardian for more details.

Langthorne Park is easily reached on the 257 bus from Stratford and Walthamstow.

The Stone SpaceThe Stone Space

The Stone Space in Church Lane, has a particularly interesting exhibiton, which features works about Leytonstone called ‘1 day’s walk’. Conveniently it’s only 1 minute’s walk from Leytonstone tube, where of course you can also see the Hitchcock Murals as a refresher for the Sir Alfred Hitchcock festival coming up soon. On Saturday 23 you can also see printed photos from the online Leytonstone Museum.

Just round the corner, with arts, craft and homemade food will be the Lion Heart Market this Saturday.

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

After this weekend’s taster put the 12 to 22 July in your diary for the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail.

Let’s grow local

An event to inspire and facilitate growing food in Leytonstone (Update Sun 24: Event postponed, see link below for details)

If you’d rather turn your creative talents to growing fruit and veg, Let’s Grow Local on Sunday will feature guest speaker Pam Warhurst who will talk about how the Todmorden community in Yorkshire turned disused areas into a giant allotment. Tea and cake and much more. All welcome.

The Epicentre, 41 West Street Leytonstone E11 4lJ

And you can get a taster of organically grown fruit and veg from the Organiclea stall outside Matalan on Saturday.
Organiclea Transition Leytonstone stall

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 www.leytonstonetoday.net/olympics-2012/ (more information about the name of this site coming shortly …)

Are you worried about parking during the Olympics?

Leytonstone parking drop-in sessions next week

Find out about plans for parking during the Olympic and Paralympic Games at drop-in sessions next week organised by London 2012 with TfL and the Council.

Tuesday 13 March 2012

The Epicentre
41 West Street
Leytonstone E11 4LJ
4pm – 8pm

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Leytonstone libraryLeytonstone Library
6 Church Lane
Leytonstone E11 1HG
4pm – 8pm



It is understood that new parking zones will be introduced during the Olympics with free permits for residents. However, some residents in Upper Leytonstone are known to be concerned that the Council may try to extend these zones after the Olympics, following attempts a few years ago to extend parking zones across the Upper Leytonstone area. If you have a view, do try to attend one of the these meetings!