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New section of Olympic Park to open this weekend

A key section of London's Olympic Park will finally be opened to the public this weekend weekend, following an 18-month transformation.

The southern section of the venue will open from 10am on April 5 along with the £22.3 million ArcelorMittal Orbit tower.

ITV London gained an exclusive peak of the transformed venue this morning. Credit: ITV News/Ria Chatterjee

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) aims to make the 560 acre site a "new heart for east London" which is similar to the feel of London's Southbank.

The newly revamped section of the park boasts a new tree-lined promenade, interactive water fountains and four themed walking trails which explore the key sights of the London 2012 Games.

The Olympic Stadium will remain closed until August 2016 although it will host five matches during next year's Rugby World Cup.

Maker Faire comes to Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in 2012 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tech enthusiasts, engineers and enthusiasts will gather in Stratford next summer when Marker Faire arrives in the UK.

The original Maker Faire event was held in California in 2012 and it has seen crowds grow to hundreds of thousands.

It's the first time the annual flagship fair has been held outside the US

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Recognise these London landmarks?

Famous London landmarks have have been recreated in minature for a new exhibition - and they are all made entirely out of lego.

Creator Warren Elsmore made St Pancras station piece by piece out of 180,000 bricks. It even includes lego commuters (along with a ghost) and the inside of the Eurostar platform with people queuing up to take the train across the Channel Tunnel.

His minature model of the London 2012 Olympic Park comes with its very own version of Anish Kapoor's famous Orbit statue, along with a lego Aquatics Centre and Water Polo Arena.

The models feature as part of the Brick City exhibition at Newcastle's Centre for Life.

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