London will host the Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012, which marks the third time that the English capital has hosted the Olympics since their modern revival in 1896. Visit during that period, and you will enjoy the sports played in the 2012 Olympics as well as the many world-famous attractions that are located in London.
The 2012 Olympics will take place largely in the area of East London known as Stratford, which is located in the Borough of Newham. Most Olympic events will take place in the London Olympic Park, a multi-acre facility that is currently under construction and will be completed shortly before the 2012 games begin. The stadia and athletic centres housed in the London Olympic Park are must-see locations themselves even before the competitions begin.
When you visit London, you will certainly want to tour the London Olympic Park, but that is not the only place in the city where 2012 Olympics events will be held. Wimbledon, the historic, world-class, tennis stadium will feature the Olympic tennis matches. Lord's Cricket Ground, a site with a rich history that dates back to 1814, is the site of the archery competitions. Wembley Stadium, as well as other stadia in the UK, will host football teams as they qualify and compete for the gold, silver, and bronze medals. Volleyball teams will play for the win in Horse Guards Parade. Any visitor to London should visit these locales no matter when they come to the city, but the 2012 Olympics give you even more reasons to see these sites.
While in London, you will also want to see the historic locations that are not directly tied to the London 2012 Olympics. Here are some of the highlights you must include on your itinerary:
• Buckingham Palace — The home of Britain's royal family is one of the most famous residences in the world and a favourite destination for travellers to the city.
• The British Museum — In the British Museum, you can see famous artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone and ancient biblical manuscripts. There is something from nearly every continent and historical period in the museum's collection of over eight million items.
• Westminster Abbey — One of the most famous churches in the world, Westminster Abbey is the location where the British kings and queens are crowned. You can also see the gravesites of some of the most important British citizens who have ever lived.
• The London Eye — See the entire city of London when you ride this spectacular Ferris wheel.
• Parliament — Visitors can watch the British Parliament argue over legislation and see many historic sites here.
Whether you are coming just for the Olympics 2012 or want to see other sites in the city, London is the ideal destination for your next holiday. Start planning your trip now so that you will get the best travel and accommodation deals for your holiday in London.
Source: The Leader