London's Coolest New Attractions
Courtesy of London 2012 Organising Committee
In eastern London, a new open space on a grand scale will soon rival the old favorites. Olympic Park is among the largest metropolitan greenswards in Europe, comprising 247 acres of lawns, flower gardens, and a riverside promenade. It’s a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Wildlife habitats have been created; “future-proof” trees were planted as a hedge against climate change. “This project marries a strong English tradition of pleasure parks with new green technologies,” says Mary Margaret Jones, senior principal of Hargreaves Associates, the landscape architecture firm contracted to transform this postindustrial wasteland. “Its ecological systems will unwind over time: meadows, wetlands, evolving plant communities. It means a whole part of the city will have a renaissance.” Even in this crowded capital, there’s room to grow.