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London Stadium Tour: FAQs

Some FAQs and IAA (Infrequently Answered Answers) about the London Stadium Tour, including...

  • What can I see and do during the tour?
  • How do I get there?
  • What else can I do near to the London Stadium?
  • And much, much, much more

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What is the London Stadium Tour?

It’s your chance to explore one of London’s latest landmarks and one of the UK’s newest big stadiums. Previously known as the Olympic Stadium, it has amassed a fair amount of history over its short life so far. It hosted many important events during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and is now the home of West Ham United, a Premier League club with a long and celebrated history in East London. So, a London Stadium Tour will reveal plenty about the country’s recent sporting and cultural history.

What can I see and do during the tour?

The London Stadium Tour is a part guided, part multimedia tour. For some of it you’ll be taken around by an expert, for some you’ll be in the capable hands of an audio guide. You’ll be learning some extraordinary facts about the stadium as you go behind the scenes of this modern sporting and cultural icon. The tour is designed to give you a mix of historical and architectural info and some impressive sights and photo opportunities. You can go snooping around places every football fan wishes they could explore... in the dressing room. Try coming up with your own motivational team talk, so that your family play like a team and for the pride of the family name in the second half of the tour. You’ll be heading down the tunnel and out onto the pitch, experiencing first-hand the view the players get when coming out every other week. Of course, there won’t be 60,000 fans cheering you on/shouting at you, but seeing the green grass and the size of the cauldron-like stadium is still incredibly impressive. Assess the action so far from a seat in the manager’s dugout. And get a photo of yourself looking pensive in a tracksuit, wondering if you should substitute Mum for your little brother, and switch to a back five. Mum is too much of a flair player for this kind of game. You’ll see the indoor running track too. This facility is used by the local community as a multi-use sporting, educational and event space. It’s the home of the Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club, a local sports group who’ve developed more than 25 Olympians. And you’ll get fantastic panoramic views of the London Stadium throughout. And a free personalised certificate at the end.

Can you tell me a bit more about London Stadium?

Yes, absolutely. The London Stadium (then known as the Olympic Stadium) was built between 2008 and 2011. It held its first public event in March 2012, providing the finish line for a National Lottery celebrity run. It hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 80,000 people filled the stadium to watch the athletics events at both competitions, seeing Usain Bolt win Olympic Gold and set an Olympic record, and many world records in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. With a reduced capacity of 60,000, London Stadium has been the home of West Ham United since August 2016. London Stadium has hosted many concerts since 2016 too. Beyonce/Jay-Z played there on their On the Run II Tour, Robbie Williams headlines in June 2017, and The Rolling Stones played the London Stadium during their No Filter Tour. [caption id="attachment_5567" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

What else can I do near to the London Stadium?

With the stadium the crowning structure of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there’s plenty to explore nearby. The London Stadium stands close to other key Olympic stadia located in the park. These include the London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid; the Copper Box arena; and the impressive Lee Valley VeloPark. There’s also the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a twisting, towering structures, that looks across the whole park. You can head up to admire the view, then zip down the helter skelter slide that loops and loops around it. And you can read our FAQs about the ArcelorMittal Orbit right here. The park itself spans over 560 acres, which makes it bigger than Hyde Park. And, because it’s apparently how all football-adjacent people refer to things that are big, we’ll give you that figure in football pitches. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the same size as around 300 football pitches.

I’m a West Ham fanatic. Are there any special events on at the stadium which I’ll be interested in?

Yes. If you’re a Hammer, keep an eye out for special event Legends Tours at the London Stadium.

How much is it to take the London Stadium Tour?

If you buy your tickets in advance online, adult tickets cost £17, kids £10, students £14, 65+ tickets are £14 and all carers and under 5s get in free. If you buy them on the day, tickets are a couple of pounds more expensive. However, when you’ve got a London Pass, access to the London Stadium Tour is completely free. Matchday Tours and VIP Tours of the London Stadium cost around double the normal price and are not included with the London Pass. Legends Tours are £40 for adults and £25 for kids.

What languages is the tour offered in?

Five different languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Is the London Stadium Tour fully accessible?

Yes, fully.

How do I get to the London Stadium to begin the London Stadium Tour?

Definitely travel by public transport if you can. Stratford is the closest underground station and is on the Central and Jubilee lines, as well as the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). National Rail and London Overground services also stop at Stratford. There are heaps of buses which arrive at Stratford station too. When arriving at the Stadium, head to the Tours ticket office, which is located on the upper level of the Stadium Store at the southern end of the stadium.

What time does the London Stadium Tour run?

Every day between 10.00 and 15.00, except on Saturdays when the last tour leaves at 15.30. However, due to events held at the London Stadium, timings are subject to change. Check the website form more details here.

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