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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 07 Aug 2012
London plays host to the Olympics this year. So if you’re visiting the great city to witness the games there is much more to see and do during this time. Visited by millions each year for the sights and big attractions like Tower of London, Oxford Street and the Big Ben, London is a popular tourist destination. Here is a guide to additional attractions one can visit in London during the 2012 Olympic season:
National Hospitality Houses:
If you are looking to escape to foreign shores during this time, then you must visit the hospitality houses set up by various competing countries, for the athletes and VIPs. Some of these houses are open to the public, and host a variety of events ranging from exhibitions to concerts. France at Old Billingsgate, Irish House at the ‘The Big Chill House’ are two must visit houses out of these.
London 2012 Festival is also running along the Olympics, with a program containing 12,000 art, film and food events by 25,000 artists. The festival, running till September 9, will include concerts, plays and dance performances by people of note. Among the famous names one will get to see film director Mike Leigh, singers Leona Lewis and Damon Albarn, contemporary artist Tracey Emin and performer Jools Holland.
British Design Exhibition:
Spare sometime from the Olympics and go for the British Design 1948 – 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age by V&A. The exhibition focuses on the story of British post-war art and design from Austerity Games in 1948 till today. This exhibition runs only till August 12th.
Jubilee Celebration Exhibition:
The year also celebrates the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, and a visit to the Buckingham Palace will show visitors how diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. Also part of the jubilee celebrations are a Photographs exhibition at the Windsor castle and the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, amongst other events.
BT London Lives Series:
Hyde Park is playing host to London Live’s series with free concerts, along with Victoria Park in the east. What can’t be missed are events in Trafalgar Square with performers like Tom Jones, Alexandra Burke and Paul Carrack. Olympic events will also be screened on big screens.
So if you’re in London for Olympics 2012, there is a lot more to do than watching the games live. Make the most of your trip with a visit to these events for a truly enchanting London experience.
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