[ Things to Do ]
The 5th Worldwide Tang Soo Do Championship will take place in the Queen Elizabeth Park. The site was the location for the successful 2012 Olympic Games, and the excellent facilities have now been adapted for use for the public. During the Championship, you or your family, might like to explore the surrounding area. Here is a brief list of ideas to get you inspired, all of which are with walking distance or a short Tube ride away.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a large area and London’s newest public park. It will take you awhile to explore on foot, but the location is well signposted and easy to navigate.
You can see the famous mascot statue the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which now has a slide looping around the structure that the adventurous can whiz down. For an area, close to the bustle of the city, the paths and waterways are a haven for nature that’s surprisingly green and relaxing!
The ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre
The ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre’ in Stratford, welcomes children aged 0-11 and their families to enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together.
They have indoor ‘Story Worlds’ including a secret cave, a sparkly river and the cloud factory. If the weather is nice there’s also the garden which has a pirate ship, a monster’s tongue (a huge slide!) and giant musical instruments to play on.
V&A ‘Museum of Childhood
With over 400,000 visitors every year, the V&A ‘Museum of Childhood’ in Bethnal Green is an extraordinary collection. The Victoria and Albert displays childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. Although there are some interactive exhibits, this is likely to be of interest to older children and adults.
If you or your companions would like a night out, there are many options to choose from. Close to the Queen Elizabeth Park is ‘Aspers Casino’ on the top floor of Westfield Stratford City. Aspers describes its casino as ‘the ultimate leisure destination for all occasions’. There are two stylish bars and an à la carte restaurant, offering top class sport, entertainment and live music, the casino is open 24 hours a day.
For restaurants, you are spoilt for choice! The area around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has a plethora of options for dinning out. Whether you’re after a cosy restaurant for two, or a vibrant party atmosphere for a group of you; London has it all.
Here’s a couple of options close to the Park.
‘Forman’s’ on Stour Road is a contemporary seafood restaurant where you can see the Salmon being smoked on site.
The ‘Crate Brewery
This might be a nice place for a quieter night out for two or a small group. The ‘Crate Brewery’ on White Post Lane is a former warehouse that serves pizza and locally brewed beer.
Food For Children
The atmosphere is lively and bustling in this popular location, so it would be a good choice for larger groups. If you are attending the 5th Championships with children, there are also many family-friendly places you can eat. One nearby option is the ‘Giraffe’ restaurant on Montfichet Road in Stratford.
Children are welcomed and provided with a special menu, a toy and colouring in to keep them entertained.
Looking For More Options
Of course, there will be plenty to see at the Championships, but if you want to research other options for your stay, we suggest you try TripAdvisor.
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