The 2012 London Olympics are in full swing and all of England has become one big block party. What’s taking place in London reminds me a lot of Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. There are tons of people from all over the world who have forgotten about their differences and are partying together, supporting each other, and just generally having a good time. Whether you have tickets to some of the events or are just stopping by to check out the fun, here are some cool Olympics-related things to do in London.
There are a number of local tour companies offering a ‘London Olympic Sites’ tour. A three hour tour will take you to the Olympic Village to get great view points of the Olympic Stadium, the ‘Pringle’ (the Velodrome), the Aquatics Center, and the Orbit viewing platform. Most of these tours also cover London’s East End. Just keep in mind that these tours can’t take you inside the Olympic Park unless you have passes to the events.
The Fringe – a pop-up members club – is just 100 meters from the Olympic Park. A one day membership will cost you £150 and it includes three drinks, three meals, and an entry to the club and bars which overlook the stadium. An additional £40 will get you an evening pass which includes access to the club, bars, and courtyard.
National Hospitality Houses
The whole point of the Olympics is to have a friendly competition between different nations from around the world. It’s also a great opportunity to discover different cultures in one city. Many nations set up hospitality houses to entertain VIPs and athletes. Lucky for us, some of these places are also open to the general public. Here are a few that have no entrance fee:
- Austria House Tirol at Trinity House
- Africa Village at Kensington Gardens
- Imagine Denmark at St Katharine Docks
- French Olympic Village at Old Billingsgate
- Maison d’Haiti at John McAslan & Partners/William Road Gallery
- Jamaica House at The O2 North Greenwich Arena
- Kenya House at East Gallery – East Thames House
- Bayt Qatar: Qatar House at IET London, Savoy Place
2012 London Festival Fun
Besides all the action taking place for medal standings, the London 2012 Festival will also be taking place during this time with a program of 12,000 art, film and food events, plays, free concerts, and dance performances. There’s something here for people of all ages. The festival will run until September 9, 2012 (the last day of 2012 Paralympic Games).
Save some cash along the way…
Some of you guys may be doing a lot of traveling around the country, and all that airport parking and eating at expensive restaurants must be starting to burn a hole in your wallet. If you want to save some cash for all of these cool Olympics activities, it’s probably in your best interest to familiarize yourself coupon websites. Yes, you heard me correctly… coupon websites. As we’ve mentioned many times before, you can save a bundle by just doing a quick search on Google. You can apply this to almost anything you might need, even local restaurants.
I’m sure there are plenty of things I didn’t mention, but this list should be a pretty decent start and keep you busy for a few days. If there are cool things that you did and we left out, please tell us about them below!