Friday, October 15, 2010

Delivering the 2012 London Olympics

London Travel Guide

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London is everything you would expect from a Capital City with a lot of history and more, and the good news now thanks to the irresponsibility of bankers worldwide is that London is not as
expensive to visit as it has been for the last 10 or more years.

The pound hasn't quite sunk without trace though, it still has some value but because the London's economy is so closely linked to banking and financial services the pound was hit pretty hard and that means that your Dollar, Yen or Euro is going to buy so much more.

When people talk about London or indeed England they usually mention rain, but because of global warming summers in London are warm to hot these days, and that makes sightseeing a dream and it has to be said there are so many sights both old and new to see, the Queen and The London Eye are on the top of most people's list, but those lists will just goes on and on.

One great way to take in most of the sights of London is a river trip, because like most very old cities London was built on first one then both banks of a river, in London's case the River Thames.

From a river boat you will be able to take in the Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The South Bank Arts Complex, The Globe Theatre a reproduction of a theatre from the time of Shakespeare, the Tower of London while gliding effortlessly under famous bridges like London Bridge and Tower Bridge and of course see so much more.

As well as the river London is famous for large open spaces of green and you can escape from the almost constant noise of this City that simply refuses to sleep for a moment into the delightful parks like St. James' Park which lies behind Downing Street where the British Prime Minister has his official residence.

Surprisingly you can wander the length of the Mall and still be in St James' Park down passed Duck and even Pelican Ponds to Buckingham Palace where the Queen of Great Britain has her official residence.

You can even check to see if she is at home by looking to see if the Royal Standard is flying above the Palace. You will be lucky to see her 'at home' though because the Queen favours Windsor Palace which is about 20 miles to the west of London where it is quieter and less polluted.

London is a sightseers' dream, there is always something around the corner, from the blue plaque on the wall of the flat where Jimi Hendrix died at the back of Oxford Street to the beautifully restored St Pancras station now home to the International Rail (Channel Tunnel) Rail Service but for so many years a derelict condemned building.

At night even more of London comes alive and as well as being able to enjoy some excellent free live music in the cafés and bars there is the exciting sight of the river-scape alive with lasers lights and often fireworks.

London is not to be missed and that is why it is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and so it is probably no surprise that there are enough hotel beds in London to sleep the populations of dozens of major cities worldwide!

The surprise would be that most of these hotel beds are booked well in advance and so careful planning is required to get a great hotel at just the right price.

A good way to do that would be to use a website where you can compare prices and availability, though there are dozens of these here is an honest recommendation bookingspot.

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The London 2012 Olympics

The city of London has been looking forward to hosting the 30th Olympic Games since beating out their rival, Paris, to be awarded the event. They were awarded the games on July 6th, 2005 beating out Moscow, New York, Madrid and then finally Paris in the last round. London will become the
first to host the Summer Games three times and, while the Games in Beijing are a hard one to follow, London is working hard at putting its own stamp on the event.

The London 2012 Olympics will take place between July 27th and August 12th, 2012. The Games are expected to attract thousands of tourists in a city that is already popular with visitors and crammed with it's own locals. In preparation, London is revamping their transportation system in order to be able to cope with the influx. Improvements to the transportation network were key in winning the bid and the goal of Olympic organizers is to have 100% of spectators arriving by public transport and 80% of athletes a short 20 minute commute from their event.

The London 2012 Olympic venues will be a mix of old and new facilities, including some historic London landmarks. Anxious not to repeat the Millennium Dome mistake, organizers have been sure to include plans for downsizing venues for use in the future and some will be temporary or moved to a new location after the Games.

The London Olympics have not been without controversy, the major issue being financing. A budget of £5.3 billion was announced for the building of infrastructure and venues for the Games and a further £1.7 billion has been earmarked for the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley where much of the Games is to be held. Various other costs are expected to add a further £2.7 billion to the budget. With the amount of money being spent, there are many vocal anti-Olympics groups.

The logo has also been a source of controversy due to the poor response it has received along with the amount spent on it. The fact that the logo, that popular opinion says sucks, cost £400,000 has angered a lot of people.

Tickets are due to go on sale in the spring of 2011 with an estimated 8 million tickets available for the Olympics and 1.5 million for the Paralympics. The London Olympics will feature 26 sports and 38 disciplines with baseball and softball being dropped from the Games 2 days after London was awarded the bid. Women's boxing will be an event for the first time.

The London 2012 Olympics are being touted as the eco-friendly Games, and a lot is being done to assure that they are environmentally friend and sustainable. The city's waterways are being regenerated and a large amount of parkland is being set aside for visitors to explore.

London is a fantastic city with a lot to offer any visitor, even when the Olympics aren't on. The Summer Olympics is sure to bring with it a fantastic atmosphere and bring London's multicultural residents together while still maintaining a friendly rivalry. London is sure to be a great host for one of the world's premier events.

Kirsty had attended two Olympics so far and has plans to attend the London 2012 Olympics. She has spent five years living in London and has written a guide to help Olympics fans plan their trip to the London 2012 Games.

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