Female runner stretches on steps outside building


Building some sort of training into your daily routine, whatever amount you commit to, can create good habits which can in turn have a big impact on your overall quality of life.

Employees and residents of International Quarter London (IQL) are already reaping the benefits of the world-class sporting facilities nearby. So we’ve pulled together a useful list of the numerous opportunities around IQL and how you can best use them to improve your overall wellbeing.

Open green spaces

Some of the best walks in London can be found in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) that has plenty of open green spaces, paths and trails. So whether you’re looking for a cardio hit, a picture perfect lunch spot or some breathing space, there are many East London walks right here on your doorstep. 

Did you know walking in green and open spaces has the same stress-reducing effect as yoga and relaxation exercises? Not only does a lunchtime stroll help to relax you, it helps you detach from work and boosts your productivity upon your return to the office.


London Aquatics Centre has welcomed over 2 million visitors to its Olympian swimming pool facilities in East London. It has two 50m pools, a 25m diving pool and a range of high performance classes and clubs for you to join. All pools are easily accessible throughout the day, including lunchtimes.

Did you know swimming can reduce your risk of serious disease such as stroke and type 2 diabetes? It can also be relatively low impact, so no matter your age or ability you can reap the benefits of this type of exercise.


Lee Valley Velopark was the setting for a number of gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games. The UK won track cycling events like Keirin, Team Pursuit, Sprint and Team Sprint. World records were broken and athletes like Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny walked away with gold medals.

Now accessible to the public, the range of BMX, Track and Road cycling trails are on hand for any budding cyclist. There are a range of options available depending on your experience and ability or you can join the Lee Valley Cycling Club


The Copper Box Arena Gym is only a short 15 minute walk from IQL. The Copper Box Arena Gym offers a range of classes for those looking for high intensity or just something a little more specialised.

Grab some colleagues, a few friends and try out Boxfit, Group Cycle, Yoga, Total Body Conditioning or Dance Aerobics.

A Visual Journey...

Or check out the striking new hoarding at International Quarter London's Endeavour Square which celebrates Stratford’s sporting achievements, from cycling to swimming and hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.