2012 Olympics

• Olympic facilities to be altered for use by public
• £292m scheme will be completed in spring 2014

U.S. Paralympic swimmers to train at the Lido

U.S. Paralympic swimmers to train at the Lido

  From 27 to 29 August, Hackney Council’s London Fields Lido will be the training venue for the US Paralympic swimming team. For five sessions on these three days, the lido will be closed to the public while the swimming team is put through their final preparations for the Paralympic Games, which begin on 29 […]

First Lady Michelle Obama urges Hackney school children to ‘Move’

First Lady Michelle Obama urges Hackney school children to ‘Move’

First Lady Michelle Obama met with Hackney primary school students, at the US Ambassador’s official London residence in Regent’s Park on Friday, 27 July. 87 of Hackney’s 102 Primary 2012 Ambassadors, attended a function with Mrs Obama, where they came face-to-face with the First Lady on the sports-field, on the morning of Opening Ceremony for […]

When the pop group Saint Etienne made a film in 2005 about London’s Lower Lea Valley, they knew the Olympic bid would change its desolate air for ever. But they never imagined quite how much

See the Olympic torch parade in Hackney and enjoy street markets and fetes

See the Olympic torch parade in Hackney and enjoy street markets and fetes

Just a week before the games begin, folks in Hackney get their chance to witness the torch come through their borough –  one of the Olympic boroughs. Although the planned event in Clissold Park have been cancelled due to the site being waterlogged, you can still enjoy several others in and around Hackney. Please click […]

Customers get free permits to park in Olympic parking zone

Customers get free permits to park in Olympic parking zone

  To support businesses while LOCOG’s Olympic parking zone is in place, Hackney Council has identified 41 streets and installed temporary business visitors’ parking bays. All businesses in the zone area have been provided with visitors’ vouchers, giving customers permission to park for free near local businesses. More vouchers are available and there is no […]

• Concerns over fitness of 33-year-old triple jumper
• Idowu is seen as a strong medal hope for Olympic Games

Great Expectations: A Hackney Chronicle

Great Expectations: A Hackney Chronicle

Last year, a BBC World Service documentary began to chronicle the lives and hopes of people, living steps away from the Olympic Park. Earlier this month, journalist Nina Robinson returned to the large Clapton housing estate to continue filming. She talks with skeptical and hopeful residents about the legacy of the games, and what impact […]

A slow boat in the East – Hackney to host The Floating Cinema

A slow boat in the East – Hackney to host The Floating Cinema

An exciting and ambitious project is under way in East London, in time for the 2012 Olympics and Paraplegic Games as well as the cultural and entertainment activities leading up to and surrounding the events. It will be developed by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (known collectively as Somewhere), and designed by Hackney based […]