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Blue Badge Daily Olympic Walk

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Blue Badge Daily Olympic Walk
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londonguide33 wrote a review Sep 2014
London, United Kingdom20 contributions10 helpful votes
London is a great city for parks and the newest addition the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park does not disappoint. I took a guided tour of the park led by a Blue Badge tourist guide (and no they have nothing to do with the disability blue badge!) in September and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the Olympics and had tickets for the Paralympic Games but seeing the aquatics centre delivered to the local community and the world class sports facilities open to all is amazing. The park is delightful with lots of different areas of planting and hidden gardens. The playground areas were teeming with children and parents enjoying themselves. The information we got from our guide was knowledgeable, up to date and informative. A great walk followed by a bit of retail therapy at Westfield Shopping Centre (the largest shopping centre in Europe at the moment as our guide told us). What's not to like.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Stephen20122014 wrote a review Apr 2014
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Did this walk before the 2012 games and was a bit sceptical about what would happen after the Games. But the place is transformed and this walk brought it home. The guide was great, enthusiastic and very knowledgable. But beware, the new park is enormous and there's a huge amount to see - but the information was up to date and the guide never let our interest wain. A brilliant morning and there's also loads of places for coffee and a relax afterwards.
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Date of experience: April 2014
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Lizathecoolestever wrote a review Apr 2014
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
I did this walk before the london olympics took place with my parents and I wanted to come back and see it all now. I did the walk for the second time over the easter holidays with some friends and it was even better than the first time. The guide was friendly and knew exactly what she was talking about. The park looked amazing and it was so exciting seeing it full of people, compared to the emptiness of when i first looked round. I would definitely recommend going on one of the blue badge tours! It was £8 well spent!!
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Date of experience: April 2014
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coachpotato2014 wrote a review Apr 2014
Cardiff, United Kingdom1 contribution
We found this a fun thing to do, being new to East London, London as well, really. The Park is so huge and it's still not finished, but amazing to think what was there before. Our guide was a Blue Badge from Hackney and had photos of some of the stuff that was here before - like mattres mountains and railways. It was a dump. They made everything here from petrol to sweets but great to see the venues again - you can't go in which was a downer. We saw the bronze medal ladies playoff in handball between South Korea and Spain during the games but the Basketball arena is gone, all part of the green games apparently. It's been recycled!! Our guide had lost of crazy stories about things like the Kray twins beating you up if you tried to fish in the river. Good fun and worth a tenner, especially if you haven't got a clue where you're going.
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Date of experience: April 2014
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slippeddisc wrote a review Apr 2014
England1834 contributions181 helpful votes
This tour took two hours. A long time on your feet. Wear comfortable shoes. The lady appeared to be reciting a script from memory. She clearly had excellent local knowledge but her sporting knowledge was a little off. Her pronunciation of velodrome was wrong throughout the tour. It is highly impressive that London has made this park such a community venture. It's beautiful and definitely worth a look. However save yourself a tenner and go yourself. Just get off at pudding mill lane or Stratford and walk. This tour doesn't really leave a lot of time for photos and if you wanted to see inside any of the open venues you'd have to go afterwards. Basically it misses out the best bits and rambles on about how great the transport links are to the area. The area is perfect for kids but the tour is too boring for them.
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Date of experience: April 2014
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