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6 ULTIMATE AQUA SPLASH

6 ULTIMATE AQUA SPLASH Ultimate Aqua Splash, which opens at the iconic London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Monday 24 July, will be the largest and most innovative indoor inflatable aquatic experience in the UK. It will offer a wide range of pool based inflatables, from slides off the Olympic dive platforms, still used by Tom Daley to train, to assault courses – all designed to offer awesome water-based fun for the whole family. The London Aquatic Centre is available for both Londoners and visitors to enjoy all year round. SUMMER AT QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK Those who are still looking to get their adrenaline fix, or those who simply cannot get enough of the thrilling 41 second descent, will be delighted to know that tickets for Ride the Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit are still available. Tickets have been selling fast for the summer season, so it is advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment. The Slide, created by acclaimed artist Carsten Ho?ller, reaches speeds of up to 15 miles per hour as it circles around the arcelormittal orbit 12 times. Catch glimpses of the London skyline and the beautiful Park as the light and dark sections of the tunnel weave through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – ending with a 50 metre straight run back down to earth! During a visit to the Park, visitors can also explore some of east London’s hidden gems on the new riverside walking and cycling route. The Lea River Park is the name given to six new parks which together connect Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and River Thames, linked by the Leaway. Hop on board the relaxing boat tours, running daily from the pontoon outside the London Aquatics Centre and learn all about the Park’s history from the water. In partnership with active People active Park, there are also lots of free sports sessions to get involved with through Active August (1-31 August). From yoga to bootcamps, circuits and run clubs, you will find the motivation you need to socialise and exercise. After all that exertion, visitors can relax at the UK’s biggest urban beach, returning to the Park once again this summer, with a thousand tonnes of sand to play with. If you need to refuel, there are plenty of venues to eat and drink. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the stunning stretch of restaurants and bars on Canalside at Here East, where visitors can find the Breakfast Club, Randy’s Wing Bar and Four Quarters to name just a few. Additionally, there are plenty of cool cafes and delicious world cuisines in East Village, the former athlete’s village from the London 2012 Games. There are three pools to choose from, which offer a range of swimming and diving suitable for both adults and children. The Centre is open every day from 06.00 – 22.30. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

THE ARSENAL MUSEUM AND STADIUM TOURS The Arsenal Museum at Emirates Stadium was re-opened last summer following a complete renovation. Founded in 1886, Arsenal has an impressive history from the club’s time at Woolwich, Highbury and Emirates Stadium, and the refurbished museum offers visitors the chance to take in a number of exciting exhibits. Many of the items on display were donated by former players who hold a special place in Arsenal’s history. Highlights include Jens Lehmann’s goalkeeper gloves that he wore for every league match of the unbeaten Invincibles season in 2003/4, Michael Thomas’ boots from Anfield ’89 and Charlie George’s FA Final Cup shirt from 1971. The museum also features two impressive video theatres and twenty major displays based on Arsenal's proud history, from its formation in 1886 to the present day. These displays include a selection of iconic shirts including those worn by Alex James in 1936 FA Cup Final and the 2015 FA Cup Final shirt signed by the winning squad. Visitors can see a collection of shirts, medals and trophies from former Arsenal captain Joe Mercer and the shield commemorating the hat-trick of League Championships from 1933-1935. The self-guided tour enables visitors to explore behind-the-scenes of Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. Former player Charlie George at The Arsenal Museum. 7 WORLD PREMIERE OF MOSQUITOES AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre at the National on 25 July with Rufus Norris directing. Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson. Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling. When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens all with chaos. gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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