London’s historic royal parks will play host to several Summer Olympics and Paralympics events in July, August, and September 2012. Throughout the Olympic Games from July 28 through August 11, 2012, there will be six giant screens with live coverage throughout the day for spectators in Hyde Park. Opening and closing ceremonies concerts in Hyde Park will be held on July 27 and August 12. Information about obtaining tickets is found here.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens…and more unusual venues
With the 2012 London Olympics opening date of July 27 drawing near, concerns exist on the hotel front. 15,000 athletes from over 200 countries will attend in addition to press, officials and spectators all pouring into the capital city. Estimates call for between 5 and 6 million people over the two weeks through August 12 which is followed by the Paralympics scheduled for August 29 through September 9, 2012.
Hotel price gouging?
The Telegraph reports that hotel prices in Central London are at least doubled over the rates of summer of 2011. A recent online search of hotel booking sites shows a generous sprinkling of red alert messages: “no rooms available on these dates”, “last room just booked” or “one room left”.
Private accommodation for the 2012 London Summer Olympics
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Stay in a private home during the 2012 London Summer Olympics
If you are visiting London for the first time, you will find that it is a massive, sprawling city. No visitor can cover it all in one visit, so make a list of your five or ten must-not-miss sights. If you are planning your visit during the 2012 Olympics, there are even more reasons to plan ahead of the crowds.
Even after 24 years living in London, I certainly did not manage to see it all! Pace yourself and plan for any kind of weather. Pack a jumper, a brolly and a mac (that’s a sweater, an umbrella and a raincoat) for it can be damp and rarely hits 80 degrees. Luckily, it rarely snows, either so anytime of year will suit.
A London Thought for Today
“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” - Samuel Johnson
Top Five Sights for First Time Visitors are… ->
Buckingham Palace is on the list for a first visit to London
Though it seemed forever and a day in the future at the time of the announcement, Londoners and others will note that the opening day of the 2012 Summer Olympics is just a year away, with the Olympic torch parade arriving on July 27, 2012.
San Francisco made a pitch as finalist for the Olympics for both 2012 and 2016. While New York City won the chance to compete in next year’s event, lost to London, it was Chicago that took the heat against surprise winner Rio de Janeiro for summer 2016. Let us consider sighing in relief; as it turns out, our hands will be quite full.
Eclipsed only in prestige by the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup, the 34th America’s Cup opening day is set for July 4, 2013 and we should realize how quickly the date approaches.
Posted to Yahoo! News on July 27, 2011, read it here