A modern area, about thirty minutes from central London, International Quarter London is north and south of Stratford City. With great transport links. City and Stansted are two of the airports nearby. It is always an exciting place to visit. During every visit you see something new or in the development stage.
Westfield Stratford City shopping centre opened in 2011. It is vast and gorgeous with lots of external walkways where you can sit and enjoy the numerous restaurants and cafes. Or partake in a game of chess with giant pieces. Stratford Station is right next to the centre.
Directly across the road from one of the walkways is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the 2012 London Olympic Games were centred around.
Tall colourful office buildings some with green spaces and matching coloured artificial grass where you can rest, play and breathe fresh air are close by.
As you walk towards the park, facing you is the Olympic Stadium which is now known as London Stadium. After the Olympics, it was modified into a multi-purpose stadium. Beyonce and JAY Z performed live there on Friday 15th June 2018.
London Aquatics Centre (LAC), on the left as you are walking towards the stadium has a wonderful roof which looks like a wave. Zaha Hadid Architects designed it. Initially built to host the Olympic Games, modifications were made and it opened to the public in 2014.
Over the coming years, the area directly opposite LAC, Sadler’s Well will have a new theatre there. The Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design, will open V & A East and London School of Fashion will have one large building bringing all their current facilities under one roof.
ArcelorMittal Orbit a sculpture and observation tower reaching high up into the clouds. The largest sculpture in the United Kingdom. Designed by sculptor, Sir Anish Kapoor and architect/engineer Cecil Balmond. A striking structure you can slide down and when you have done that, you can make your way to the observation tower. For rest and refreshment a lovely afternoon tea can be enjoyed there too.
The Lea river runs along Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where you can float along it on one of the swan shaped boats for hire. The park is impeccably maintained with lovely wild flowers attracting wildlife such as birds, butterflies and bees. Outdoor gym equipment and wooden sun loungers are dotted around the park.
It is an eco friendly park with vertical axis wind turbines producing light at night.
Visit ended with a tranquil sunset.