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- Posted:Monday, May 21, 2012
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The 2012 London Olympic Games are almost upon us! London will be buzzing with athletes, visitors and many locals from July 27th to August 12th as the much anticipated London Olympics take place. If you’re planning a visit to the English capital city for this momentous occasion be prepared for a lot of excitement, entertainment and people. These will be the busiest few weeks London has seen in quite some time so here are a few tips to help you make the most of the Olympic Games in London.
Figure out London's transport system for the Olympics
Getting to grips with London&rsquo s public transport can be a daunting task for any first time visitor to London, and with the increase in visitors to the city for the Olympic Games it will be a lot busier. So get planning for the routes and modes of transport that you intend on using.
Your best resource for London Olympic Games transport is the official Olympic Travel website. Here you can plan your exact travel route right down to the locations and time you want to arrive. The buses, tubes, trains and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will all be in high demand for both locals and visitors during the Olympic Games, but a lot of extra services are in place to cope with the demand. There are also a whole host of other transport options available for London 2012 – Games Park-and-Ride, River Bus Express, Canal Boat Services and more.
If you are one of the lucky ones with London Olympic 2012 tickets then make sure to use your free Games Travelcard that comes as part of the event tickets package. This ticket is valid on public transport in London zones 1&ndash 9 on the day of your event across a selection of services.
If you’re planning on making the most of London during the 2012 Olympics and want to stay for a few days, we recommend the Visitor Oyster Card. This handy pay-as-you-go travel card gives you unlimited access to Tube, buses, trams, DLR and National Rail services within the London travel zones and you can top it up as you travel.
You can still see some Olympic Events without tickets
If you haven’t got your hands on any tickets for any Olympic events but still plan on coming to London during the Games, it’s still possible to see some events without tickets. The Olympic marathon will run past some of London’s top attractions like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London - just stake out a good spot to get a look at the Olympic athletes. Road cycling events will start on the Mall in central London and there are sailing events at Weymouth. And if you don’t make it to any of these, then check out the big screens that the BBC will be setting up around the country to screen live Olympic events.
Enjoy the London 2012 Festival
From June 21st to September 9th the London 2012 festival will run as an entertaining accompaniment to the Olympic Games. There are a truckload of cultural and entertainment events set up for this festival so make sure to see what’s happening on the days you’re in London.
Explore London's East End
The Olympic Park will be the highlight of many people&rsquo s list during their London visit for the 2012 Games. However, there is a lot to see and do in East London so get out and explore the area in between events. Top attractions around London&rsquo s East End include The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Christ Church Spitalfields and Hackney Empire to name but a few. And of course, you can use all your aforementioned travel knowledge to get you to and from other top London attractions such as Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster and lots more.
Have you any tips or must-dos for London during the Olympics?