Three Mills and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Planning your visit

Address: Three Mills Lane, London, E3 3DU View on Google map

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Explorers East London

Surround yourself in East London's gritty history and enjoy some lovely views when you take a trip to Three Mills. You may even catch one of the many events and performances that take place throughout the year at Three Mills Island. 

On the banks of the River Lee, as it breaks up into the myrad of channels called the Bow Back Rivers, the original mills would have milled corn and gunpowder, among many other products. The two replacement mills you can see today, milled grain for the gin distilling industry.

But by far the biggest monument in the area is the amazing legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Walk the whole area and really explore how, together with local communities, lottery funding and other agencies, the Canal & River Trust is making life better by water.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

  • Three Mills Café

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

Pack a picnic and check out the sculptures and play area in Three Mills Green

Wildlife spotting:

Even in East London you'll find wildlife galore: swans, kingfishers and bats. Take a free copy of our nature spotters guide with you and get spotting

Getting here

By car - there's a public pay & display car park at Tesco

By tube - Bromley-by-Bow is your nearest tube station - just a few minutes to the towpath

Local events