Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways

You can now cruise the waterways around the London Stadium, which includes the Old River Lea, City Mill River and St Thomas Creek, without needing to book first. But you will need to book passage through some of the locks onto The Thames.

Book your passage through Carpenters Road, City Mill or Three Mills Lock

To book your passage through Carpenters Road, City Mill or Three Mills Lock please log into your boating account and go to our booking your passage option.

Minimum of seven days notice

You must book seven days in advance of your travel. But you can book passage more than one year in advance. Passage is available 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, except when the locks are closed for maintenance, events or unsafe weather conditions. Check our stoppages section for any planned or emergency closures.

If you have any queries about lock bookings in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park please email our team with 'lock bookings' stated in the message box or call 0303 040 4040.

You'll find a more details map of the area here.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Rebuilding the Bow Back Rivers

Known as the Bow Back Rivers, this historic network of waterways was transformed in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of a major investment and clean-up programme.

The six kilometres of rivers in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were once a key transport network for the industries that lined the river but the decline of canal freight after the Second World War, together with a build-up of silt, saw the rivers become virtually un-navigable and derelict until they were eventually closed altogether by the 1960s.

This all changed with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The waterways were to become the green veins of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a massive restoration and clean-up operation was put into effect.

Going for gold

Throughout the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority to improve the condition of these rivers. We created new river walls and towpaths, dredged deeper channels, improved wildlife habitats and refurbished disused locks. Since handing the rivers over to the London Legacy Development Corporation in 2012, we’ve continued to work in partnership to breathe new life into these once hidden and forgotten waterways.

We took over the day-to-day care of these rivers in the summer of 2016

From summer 2016 we once again took over the day-to-day care of these rivers, continuing to work closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation. We've jointly produced a strategy – our Olympic Legacy Waterways Framework – which sets out how our waterways can continue to be improved so everyone can use and enjoy them every day in the years to come. 

Please avoid stopping and mooring at the Stadium Island

Please note: there is a charge of £150 for stopping or mooring in the stadium island loop

There are signs along the water's edge advising your where to stop and moor. 

If you ignore the signs and moor in the Park, and do not move on, as a last resort, The Trust will need to move your boat a short distance to Bow Free Wharf, using our contractors District Enforcement Ltd where you'll be easily able to collect it. 

Last date edited: 13 September 2019