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Remember last summer, when the Olympic Park seemed to be the centre of the universe and London was buzzing with excitement over what was happening on its grounds? Well, beginning July 2013 and from then on, the The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is re-opening and promises to remain at the heart of London cultural life.

The huge East London area that once held the greatest athletes from all over the world will now be home to wetland habitats, open-air music venues, festivals, sporting facilities, over 30 new pieces of art, and a brand new commercial centre. This is no ordinary new London park (as simply illustrated through their website title As one of the largest urban parks to be created in Europe in the past 150 years, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is sure to become a new central piece of London cultural life for tourists and locals alike.

via No Ordinary Park

While this transformation of the Olympic Park is hugely significant, it is proud to remain associated with the 2012 Olympics and the landmark events that took place in the park. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit and use the sporting venues from the games, swim in the Olympic swimming pools, and to get inside the ArcelorMittal Orbit (also known as that cool red twisty thing that appeared around the time of the Olympics).

In addition to the park and sporting facilities, the built-up area will include tons of brand new restaurants, shops, and bars, as well as over 8,000 new family homes.

So be prepared - after July 2013, London will have one more amazing attraction to provide us with endless entertainment, art, sport, nature, shopping, and culture. Want a visual? Check out this virtual tour on the website and it'll get you even more excited. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is something to watch out for, so get ready!
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Why? For a huge new addition to London life.
When: July 2012
Where: Stratford
Cost: Free
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