UCL East


Life in London E20: what makes the Olympic Park a great place to live

22 January 2019

East Bank was featured in the Homes section of the Sunday Times on 20th January.

Photo of Orbit and Stadium with Blue sky in the background

Focusing on how the legacy of London 2012 means this corner of the East End is a frontrunner for families, the article references the development of the East Bank cultural hub (which will include UCL’s new campus), the efficient transport links (Jubilee and Central lines, DLR, London Overground and National Rail, as well as buses and a cycle superhighway), safe air quality, close proximity to shopping, waterfront restaurants and bars - and how Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre is the local municipal pool.

“Remember the heady days of 2012, and a country joyously united in celebration of sporting achievement, royal pageantry and our ability to throw a damn good party? If all that cheer and goodwill seems a long time ago, you can find a pleasing reminder at the site of the 2012 Games. Since the athletes departed, the Olympic Park has undergone a slow transformation into a place to live, work and play. It has its own postcode (E20, shared with EastEnders’ fictional Walford), Stratford’s shopping and transport links are on the doorstep — and, as you’d expect, the sports facilities are second to none. It’s a gentle, outdoorsy sort of place, with paths, gardens and riverside walkways….”

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