A beautiful January day in the capital; one for wrapping up warm, enjoying the city bathed in sunlight and the wintry chill hanging in the air…

Just east of the city lies our newest green space and legacy of 2012, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which covers over 500 acres of former industrial wasteland, liberally sprinkled with around 6km of waterways.

ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor stands proud against the Stratford skyline adjacent to the former Olympic (now London) Stadium and currently home to West Ham Football Club. There is half price general entry to the viewing galleries at the Orbit during January and for those brave enough a further £5.00 will get you a ticket to the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide; alternatively you can choose to walk the 455 steps back down to park level.

We’ve spent many hours enjoying the park, the art and architecture plus of course its delightful waterways; this photo by the Velodrome was last month on a Sunday morning stroll with H the mischievous Miniature Schnauzer…

Olympic walk

Wetlands, parklands, nature reserves and the iconic Olympic buildings including the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and Copper Box Arena all sit comfortably nestled together with the thousands of new homes springing up all around.

There is free entry to the park which is open all year round and plenty of cafes and kiosks to grab a latte from!