From May 9th to 29th, the 2016 LEN European Swimming Championships and European Masters Swimming Championships will be taking place at the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This event brings together top athletes across the sports of swimming, diving and synchronised swimming and more than 1,000 competitors will take part over the first 12 days. Following that, some 4,000 athletes will take to the water during the five days of the Masters Competition.
About the championship
Th 2016 event will be the 33rd competition of its type. It is held biennially and it will form a major benchmark ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio later this year.
The London Aquatics centre is one of the most technologically advanced swimming facilities in the world. It was developed as part of London’s 2012 Olympic Park and is now used for leisure activities as well as world-class competitions like the LEN European Aquatics Championships.
It’s located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is home to a number of major sports venues, as well as parklands and waterways.
Public transport is the easiest way to get to the London Aquatics Centre. The nearest stations are:
- Stratford International – A five-minute walk away, Stratford International offers DLR and mainline rail services.
- Stratford – Ten minutes away, Stratford connects to the Central and Jubilee lines, as well as TFL rail, the DLR and mainline rail services.
- Hackney Wick – About 15 minutes away, Hackney Wick is on the London Overground.
A number of bus routes also serve the local area, including the 25 (Oxford Street to Ilford), 69 (Canning Town to Stratford), 104 (Manor Park to Stratford), 97 (Chingford to Stratford) and 388 (Blackfriars to Stratford).
If you’re planning to drive, be aware that there are just over 100 parking spaces available. Parking is free for the first hour, and then charges apply. Additional parking can be found at the Westfield shopping centre.
For those planning to cycle to the venue, there are a number of cycle racks outside the Aquatics Centre, including docking stations for Santander Cycles.
If you’d like to learn more about the LEN European Aquatics Championships or buy tickets, visit the event’s website at www.euroaquatics2016.london. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the event on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Alternatively, you can phone 0844 581 1255 (calls cost 7p per minute from a landline and other charges may also be applied).