As billions of spectators view London during coverage of the royal wedding this week, millions are more motivated to see this great Olympic city for themselves. 2012 will be the third time that London will host the Summer Olympic Games. It had this honor in 1908 and 1948, leaving architectural legacies like Wembley Stadium. London shares its Olympic heritage with Los Angeles as its Sister Cities Friendship City and member of the World Union of Olympic Cities.
You do not have to wait until 2012 to participate in the Cultural Olympiad. A series of events is scheduled to lead up to the official start of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad on June 21, 2012, which is celebrated worldwide as International Olympic Day. The main event this year is the “Open Weekend” scheduled for July 22 to 24 by the organizers of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Popular activities include an ‘Urban Triathlon’ trial of kayaking, cycling and rowing, Olympic cinema and Olympic facts and figures quiz games to test your Olympic knowledge.
Many of the top sightseeing attractions for the 2012 Olympics will already be on view this summer. The Olympic Park has already been landscaped and invites visitors to stroll and view the final construction of the Aquatics Center. The Clouds Bridge on Angel Lane leading to the park has been completed and is earning worldwide acclaim as a work of public art that can share appreciation for art with millions of spectators. Olympic tennis matches will be held at renowned Wimbledon Stadium. You can view Wimbledon, Wembley and other sports venues with a special sightseeing pass available at this link.
You can also take advantage of a special offer to save 50% on your hotel accommodations. The European chain Ibis is offering a special promotion offering a 50% discount for prepaid, non-refundable accommodations. Rates start at just $79 a night for the hotels at Wembly Stadium and London Docklands, near the Olympic Park.
To preview London attractions, see this slideshow.
To learn how to attend FREE Olympic events, buy tickets for other events and plan to see the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, read the Olympiad column on hornface.com at this link.
To read exclusive profiles of local Olympic Gold Medalists Ous Mellouli and Rebecca Soni, click these links: