A walk around the London Olympic Park, Stratford (2018)

This was an unintentional although overdue video. I’d caught the 339 bus to Stratford Station with the intention of getting a train to Harold Wood and going in search of Stukeley’s earthworks on Navestock Common. But alighting the bus on Montfichet Road, I was drawn in by the view of the evolving skyline around Stratford – something that has become a bit of an obsession over the last 8 years or so, as regular readers of this blog will have noticed. So once I’d switched my camera on and turned into Westfield Avenue and then through the newly completed sections of the International Quarter, I was hooked.

Here are links to some of the news articles and videos referenced in the video and also some further reading:


The Quito Papers: Towards an Open City

Is the London Olympic Park a bit Crap (Sept 2015)

Post -Olympic London – Welcome to Ikea Town

London Olympic Park playlist


Links to screenshots

Olympicopolis halves towers’ height and leaves V&A looking for extra space

Latest vision revealed for Olympicopolis arts quarter in east London

Olympicopolis architects on their £1.3 billion vision for E20

Olympicopolis mark II: reworked plans for east London cultural hub revealed

Olympic Village sold to Qatari developers for £557m in deal that costs taxpayer £225m

Qataris strike Olympic gold: Sheikhs who snapped up cheap flats in the Athletes Village set to rake in £1billion profit

“So which narrative is correct? The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is managed as a private site by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), a mayoral development corporation established in 2012”

“When the athletes’ village was sold off in 2011 around half, or nearly 1,500 apartments, was sold to QDD, a joint venture between Qatari Diar, a property arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, and British property developer Delancey, to be sold or rented on the private market.
The remaining apartments were sold to Triathlon Homes, a joint venture between a developer and two non-profit housing providers, to become the “affordable” housing quota, funded by nearly 50 million pounds from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.”


Other references

City Mill River originally called St. Thomas’ Creek

Pudding Mill River – the lost river that runs under the Stadium

Iain Sinclair at the Wanstead Tap


  1. Peter Marshall   •  

    Good to see your walk around the Olympic Park, something I’ve done a few time, though rather more before the Olympics. There are a couple of pictures of the Pudding Mill River from 1990 in my ‘Before the Olympics’ and online at http://river-lea.co.uk/80bwlea-strat03.htm and some later ones of the area you walked around starting at http://river-lea.co.uk/2000s/stratford/stratford03.html as well as some on My London Diary since the Olympics. It still seems an arid and inhospitable site to me, but I loved the wilderness before, like walking into a different world from Stratford or Hackney Wick.

    The old footbridge you talk a bit about I still think of as the F**K Seb Coe bridge, what a shame that the famous graffiti (visible in one of my pictures) was not preserved for posterity!


    • JohnR   •     Author

      thanks for those links Peter – your photos are such a valuable document. I think the ‘F**K Seb Coe bridge’ needs a plaque

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