Things to do near West Ham at the Olympic Stadium

Monday 05 September 2016

Premier League football club West Ham’s new home ground is the London Stadium, which you may recognise as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympics. Located in the regenerated heartlands of East London, the state-of-the art facility is surrounded by landscaped green parks, and gives you lots to do when you’re not watching a game.

Here are some fun facts about the stadium and West Ham...

1. The Olympic Stadium was transformed after the London 2012 Olympics and now has room for 54,000 people. It has 995 toilets, 35 food kiosks and 92 turnstiles.

2. The pitch is 105m by 68m, a size comparable to Arsenal's Emirates stadium, Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, and Manchester United's Old Trafford.

3. When you’re not watching the football, you can climb the nearby ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower, the UK’s tallest sculpture, and take in fantastic views over London. You can also whizz down the world's longest tunnel slide!​

4. You can even stop by the London Aquatics Centre for an Olympic-style swim.

5. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which surrounds the stadium, is full of lush meadows, gardens, waterways and play areas, perfect for spending some time before the match.

6. Famous fans of West Ham include actor Ray Winstone, boxer Lennox Lewis, and comedian and actor Russell Brand – keep your eyes peeled at your next match in case you bump into them!

7. The East End of London is famous for people speaking cockney rhyming slang. Though it’s less common these days, here’s some fun phrases you can try out:
‘You’re having a bubble’ (bubble bath – laugh)
‘Let’s have a butchers’ (butchers hook – look)
‘I’ll call you on the dog and bone’ (phone).

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