London Olympics: full list of closures

I’ve spent the last few weeks in Libya, a country long subject to the absurd whims of a megalomaniac, so what a relief it was to return to a land where pointless and dictatorial behaviour has no place. Oh, hold on a minute…

As the great London 2012 festival of policing and burgers looms,it has been fascinating to watch some people’s generally lukewarm attitude harden into active antagonism. I found one of my local shopkeepers in Blackheath, previously a fan, puffing furiously on a cigarette and cursing the five-ring circus outside his business at 12.45am yesterday, almost two hours after he normally closes. One of the lesser Olympic venues is down the road, so his deliveries have been rescheduled for between midnight and 6am and he was forced to wait up all night – even though the thing doesn’t even start in our area until next week. I expect the motorists caught in two-hour delays this morning feel the same way.

The mood might well swing back – in previous Games, barring a total disaster, the media forgets everything but the sport as soon as the first trainer touches tarmac. But even now, I’m not sure people know quite how much disruption this will cause to the normal life of London. Even places you never imagined would be touched, miles from any venue, turn out not to be immune. Here is my list of the things that will close: not just roads, but parks, museums, galleries and tourist attractions, in some cases until September. What fun it’s going to be!


Central London

Hyde Park (about a third of park)

St James’s Park (about half of park)

Kensington Gardens (about a fifth of park; you will be able to buy admission to ‘Russia House’)

The Mall (total closure)

Horse Guards Parade (total closure)

Clarence House (total closure)

Somerset House (part)

Inner Temple (gardens, some other areas)

Tower of London and Tower Wharf (closures have already occurred)

Banqueting House (some days)

National Portrait Gallery (one gallery)

21 London theatres will close for at least part of Games because of collapse in tourist numbers

Hamilton Place and side streets in Mayfair (total closure)

Westminster Bridge (one way only)

Constitution Hill (no motors)

Birdcage Walk (no motors)

Park Lane (Zil lane)

Marble Arch (Zil lane)

Victoria Embankment (Zil lane)

Upper Thames Street (Zil lane)

Lower Thames Street (Zil lane)

Tower Hill (Zil lane)

Euston Road (Zil lane)

Marylebone Road (Zil lane)

Westway Flyover (Zil lane)

Knightsbridge (Zil lane)

Brompton Road (Zil lane)

Cromwell Road (Zil lane)

Cumberland Gate (Zil lane)

Park Road (Zil lane)

Gloucester Place (Zil lane)

Baker Street (Zil lane)

Millbank (Zil lane)

Vauxhall Bridge (Zil lane)

Kingsway (Zil lane)

Great George Street (no motors)

Horse Guards Road

Arundel Street (no motors)

Temple Place (no motors)

Russell Square

Woburn Place (Zil lane)

Southampton Row (Zil lane)

Bedford Place

Malet Street

Montague Place

Montague Street


East London

River Lea Towpath (Hackney Wick to Bow)  (total closure)

Greenway (Hackney Wick to Stratford High St)  (total closure)

Museum in Docklands (total closure)

Pudding Mill Lane DLR station (total closure)

East Marsh (total closure)

Wanstead Flats (part closure for police base)

Victoria Park (part closure for ‘cycling hub,’ live site)

Westfield Stratford (car parks and bus station; whole centre will close at 3pm on 27 July)

The Highway (Zil lane)

Limehouse Link (Zil lane)

Butcher Row (Zil lane)

East India Dock Road (Zil lane)

Blackwall Tunnel northern approach (Zil lane)

East Cross Route/ Lea Interchange/ A12 (Zil lane)

Stratford High Street (Zil lane)

Leyton Road (no motors)


South London

Greenwich Park (near-total closure)

Royal Observatory (total closure)

Greenwich Planetarium (total closure)

Blackheath (part closure)

The O2 (largely closed)

Woolwich Common (largely closed)

Oxleas Meadows (missile site)

National Maritime Museum (reduced hours; Queen’s House and some galleries totally closed)

Royal Naval College (reduced hours; Painted Hall closed some days)

Cutty Sark (reduced hours)

Cutty Sark DLR station (closed on some dates)

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (total closure)

Blackwall Tunnel southern approach (Zil lane)

Shooters Hill Road (Zil lane)

Charlton Way (no motors)

Greenwich Town Centre (Creek Road and Greenwich High Road one-way)

Ha Ha Road (total closure)

Repository Road (total daytime closure)


North London

North Circular Road (Zil lanes Hangar Lane- Stonebridge Park and around Neasden)

Alexandra Palace (building, ice rink, Palm Court, terraces all closed, but public will be able to buy admission to Dutch Olympic house)


West London

Talgarth Road (Zil lane)

Hammersmith Flyover (Zil lane)

A4/ M4 (Zil lane)

A40 (Zil lane)

Various road closures throughout SW London on days of cycle races


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