Gifts of the Games

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

Thanks to the Games, London is now home to a brave new landmark. Standing 114.5 metres high, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture. The stunning structure was designed by award winning artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond using recycled steel, making it green and sustainable too.

Emirates Air Line

Thanks to the Games, you can now fly across the Thames by cable car on the Emirates Air Line. The UK’s first urban cable car provides a much-needed new river crossing in east London, and links two world class visitor destinations, the O2 Arena and Excel.


Thanks to the Games, CREATE Festival is bringing fresh new experiences to east London like the Barking Bathhouse. This pop-up health spa and architectural installation revives the spirit of Barking’s former bathhouse, which was a popular local facility until its closure in 1986, after 87 years.

Exhibition Road

Thanks to the Games, public spaces across town have been brought back to life, like Exhibition Road in Kensington. Exhibition Road is part of the city's legacy from the Great Exhibition of 1851, and hosts famous visitor attractions such as the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Thanks to the Games, London now has the world’s largest urban meadow. This once neglected area provided a spectacular stage for the greatest show on earth this summer. The future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will become a leading London attraction, inviting visitors to linger in its green open spaces, landscaped gardens and tranquil waterways.

Tower Bridge

Thanks to the Games, Tower Bridge is now lit up to impress Londoners and visitors alike. The new lighting system was installed before the Games, and means that people will benefit from seeing the bridge looking even more beautiful for the next 25 years.

Lee Valley VeloPark

Thanks to the Games, London has world class cycling facilities at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The 6,000 seat Velodrome is among the main attractions of the new park, which caters for every type of cyclist, from recreational to training and competition, and where Londoners will be able to train alongside future Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners.

Westfield Stratford

Thanks to the Games, there are over 8,000 new jobs for Londoners at Westfield Stratford City. The new retail destination opened in September 2011 giving a massive boost to the local area.

Whitechapel Gallery Makeover

Thanks to the Games, the Whitechapel Gallery’s had a golden makeover. This Grade II listed building was designed at the end of the nineteenth century by Charles Harrison Townsend. The gallery commissioned leading British artist and Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread to produce a frieze to enliven the facade.

New homes for Londoners

Thanks to the Games, there will be over 2,500 new homes for families in east London. Five new neighbourhoods will be developed in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, each with its own distinct character and up to 8,000 new homes built by 2030.

Friendly Volunteers

Thanks to the Games, London’s friendly volunteers have left a fantastic impression on visitors to the city. Olympic volunteering began at the 1948 Games in London, and volunteers have played an increasingly important role at every Games since.