Operator chosen for Olympic Park events concept

25th January 2024 | Jack Oliver

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has chosen Peppermint Events to create a dining, drinks, and events concept at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The two groups have signed a seven-year lease with the option to extend, which will cover the operation of the Podium building and external spaces situated by the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Slide on the Park.

The development will create a rooftop garden with views over East London, a 300-cover café/restaurant and hospitality space across two floors, and a dedicated street food area. The space will offer outdoor screenings, DJs, markets and seasonal events all-year-round. The venue will also be available for private hires and corporate events.

Peppermint has over 20 years of experience in the events industry, providing food and drink solutions to various venues across the UK, including festival and sporting events.

Both the LLDC and Peppermint said they are committed to sustainable practices and eco-friendly initiatives. The venue will look to prioritise sustainability in its design, operations, and services, including with the use of regional suppliers and manufacturers.

Edward Fane, head of venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Peppermint Events to create another vibrant food hospitality and event destination space on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’s great that the park is constantly evolving with new offerings including new attractions, events and visitor experiences.”

Matt Simkin, head of venues and partnerships at Peppermint, added: “This collaboration between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Peppermint is really exciting. We are thrilled to be part of this transformative project that will not only bring life and energy to this exceptional space but promises to be a hub that caters to the diverse needs of the local community. We plan to create a sought-after multi-purpose destination for unforgettable experiences.”

Thomas Rose, co-founder of P-THREE, which advised LLDC, said: “It is so exciting to deliver a landmark food & beverage concept of this scale at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; totalling over 41,352 sq ft is one of the most significant food & leisure venues in London and represents the first stage of the new F&B story at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the new riverside restaurant quarter at East Bank.”

The venue is set to fully launch in spring 2024.

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