London's Olympic Park - costing in the region of £3 billion, and built on previously contaminated industrial land in east London's district of Stratford - is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through urban regeneration, and will prove a fitting host to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Comprised of nine venues, including the 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park will see most of the sporting action at the Summer Olympic Games in 2012. Olympic Park has clearly been developed in a 'green', sustainable fashion, as a long-term addition to the city, and one that will provide a lasting legacy of London's hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. Olympic Park features several exciting public art installations and recreational areas, including the 115m (377 foot) ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower, Britain's largest piece of public art; the Greenway Markers, towers erected at the entrance of Olympic Park which pick up on the theme of 'reclamation' by incorporating manhole covers in their design; and the Wild Flower Meadows, a series of flowerbeds planted in the footprints of the industrial buildings that used to be in the area, and which now flank public walking and cycling routes. Olympic Park promises not only to be a wonderful host venue for a hugely successful Summer Olympic Games, but also an enduring addition to London's already-full selection of fantastic tourist attractions.
Address: Stratford, east London
Transport: Stratford and West Ham underground stations