Sports & Leisure
Stratford has always had a passion for sport and we want to share the best places to get your exercise and relax afterwards. Remember, physical and mental wellbeing go hand-in-hand!
See all of London from the UK’s tallest sculpture. Created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the magnificent looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Home to the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. At 178m long, the slide provides visitors with a 40– second ride of twists and turns as they watch London’s skyline whizz by.
Based at East Village, this well-equipped gym and exercise space boasts a high–quality 130-station gym with the latest Technogym equipment and extensive free weight area, functional zone and spacious group exercise studio.
A state-of-the-art 80-station gym, two studios, more than 25 fitness classes each week and a sports arena that was used in London 2012. A full and varied programme of activities is offered for a range of abilities, ages and specialist requirements.
EAST LONDON CANALS & THE GREENWAY
Explore Stratford and the surrounding area by taking a canal walk and soaking up over 200 years of history. The local canal network is a peaceful, traffic-free environment and a haven for wildlife. Sights include the Bow Locks, Old Ford Lock, Three Mills Island which is home to The House Mill, the largest tidal mill in the world, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A recommended walk along the Greenway is a six-mile green corridor that links Hackney to Beckton and which, due to its high level, provides panoramic views of the city.
Hackney Marshes is internationally known as the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches on North and South Marsh and Mabley Green. This area of extensive grassland (one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London) also features a bird hide and a conservation area.
Hadleigh Farm was the host venue for mountain biking during the 2012 London Olympics. Surrounded by lush countryside, this popular farm offers an unbeatable rural experience from scenic walks, to a rare breeds centre, renowned tearoom and a farm shop.
Here East is an exciting hub for innovation in business, tech, media, education and data. Set in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is home to many pioneering companies and industries. The space features a waterfront retail destination with great places to eat, shop and relax.
The park offers a wide range of sporting activities for both children and adults. It is part of www.ourparks.org.uk offering fitness activities throughout the year. The garden, ecology area and amphitheatre offer a different experience to other parks. It also includes a streetball court, a tennis wall, a traversing climbing wall and outdoor gym equipment.
LEE VALLEY ICE CENTRE
This fantastic ice skating venue is only one of a handful in the London area that is open throughout the year. Its international sized ice pad has capacity for 800 skaters and can accommodate up to 760 spectators. Private and group skating lessons are available and all-inclusive birthday parties can be hosted here.
THE HOUSE MILL
Originally built in 1776, The House Mill is a Grade I Listed tidal mill set in a beautiful riverside location and is the largest existing tidal mill in the world. The Miller’s House Café serves snacks and light refreshments during mill opening hours.
WEST HAM UNITED FC
Formerly known as the Olympic Stadium, the London Stadium became home to West Ham United Football Club in 2016 and plays host to Premier League games. The stadium is also the home of UK athletics and is used as a venue for rugby, concerts and more.