Things to do in East London During the London 2012 Olympics: Bethnal Green Summer Walks
East London Walks for London 2012 Olympics
The London 2012 Olympics is hot on everyone's lips right now. With East London being under the microscope right now, what to do in the area during the games is information that most people visiting the city during the games would like to get hold of. Bethnal Green is situated in East London in Tower Hamlets, which is one of the Olympic boroughs. There are so many things to do and see in East London and one of those things is to check out the sites on foot. If you will be visiting London to see the games take a look some of the interesting walking routes you could experience in Bethnal Green.
Regents Canal West
Regents Canal West was completed in 1820, it links the Grand Union Canal at Paddington in the West to the River Thames at Limehouse in the East, over a nine mile route.
If you follow this route and head west from Bethnal Green you will meander through Hoxton and up towards Angel. Here you will join the Islington tunnel an rejoin the canal near Caledonian Road, which is classed as North East London. If you wish to go on to central London, you can continue on to Camden, Kings Cross,Regent's Park,Maida Vale and eventually Paddington. Here you will meet the Grand Union Canal which stretches all the way to Birmingham in the North of England.
Work began on Haggerston Park in 1956, the park is actually designed in the style of a ship. It is also seen as a rare find in East London because it is one of the only formal landscaped gardens in the area.
In the 1980's work was completed on the park to extend it to Hackney Road. Where you will find Hackney City Farm, tennis courts, children's play area and football pitches. There is also a nature reserve and BMX track.
Shoreditch and the City
If you prefer to walk in the hustle and bustle of London and experience an urban walk. Then you should check out Shoreditch and the city. Especially on the weekend when the streets are much more peaceful. No weekly commuter rush to contend with, if you are a fan of interesting architecture then you will love this area. You will experience an almagamation of old and new. Head to Rivingon St, Leonard St and Hoxton Square.
Columbia Road is most famous for it's flower market. In the local area there are some quirky cafes and street performers as well. The market runs from 8am to 2pm every Sunday.
Brick Lane and Allen Gardens
Brick Lane is well known for it's Asian restaurants and other culinary delights. It is also known for it's quirky, fun market. If you love, funky designs and good food then the Sunday market is an excellent place to shimmy on down to when you are not watching the Olympics.
Allan Garden is situated adjacent to Brick Lane, it attracts an array of fun and interesting people from in and around East London. Spitalfields City Farm is another attraction to go and see whilst visiting Allan Gardens.
Broadway Market and London Fields
London Fields dates right back to 1540, it was originally used for livestock as they passed through to the market. London Fields is famous for it's Lido (swimming pool) and BBQ area which is great for a summer day in London. There is also a cricket pitch and tennis courts, along with a children's play area and table tennis area.
Broadway market is another excellent place to visit, with it's fabulous food market and charming shopping destinations. You will also find an array of cafes and eateries in this area.
Weavers Fields is aptly named so because it was well known for it's weaving Industry. It is a delightful green space south of Bethnal Green Road. There is a children's playground, football area it is overlooked by the famous Oxford House Arts Centre.
Victoria Park is the most famous park in East London and affectionatly nick named "Vicky Park." It was opened in 1846 and is over 86 Hectares, it runs right through to Hackney Wick from Bethnal Green. It is a magnificent oasis right in the heart of East London, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped out of London into the peaceful countryside. The charming Victoria Park Village is great for young children and families and it is conveniently right next to the park, to the north of the park to be exact.
Victoria Park is known as the "lungs" of the Eastend. It has recently been renovated especially for the Olympics and beyond. It now boasts, magnificent bridges, conservation area, eco-friendly children's play areas and stunning monuments. It will be hosting the London 2012 Festival where they will be erecting huge screens and holding various events throughout the games.
Regents Canal South
Regents Canal South crosses Roman Road, which is famous for it's weekly market. It stretches along the length of Mile End Park then to the Thames at Limehouse Basin. From Limehouse you can join the Thames, West to Tower Hill or Tower Bridge, and east to the Docklands.
Hackney Wick and Olympic Site
Regents Canal forks out next to the Bridge at Old Ford Road. If you take the south route you can explore Lea River and Hackney Wick. You can also get to take a look at the Olympic site, carry on South to the Thames at East India Dock or North towards Hackney Marshes.
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