From 27th July until 12th August, London is going to be at the center stage when all eyes around the world watching her to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games for the second time since 1948! It is just less than 2 months away from now and I bet most travelers have been receiving overwhelming promotion materials such as offers and discounts from various hotel booking agents, travel agencies, airlines or other tour organizers.
Not without reasons, the Olympic-ready London is definitely the best city to go in this Summer. Similar to what we have seen 4 years ago in Beijing, London has spent nearly $15 billion on sprucing up the capital for the 2012 Olympics to welcome the event that arriving in July. All city icons and tourists spots are by now prepared to be captured in travelers’ photos or videos, from the new landmark (More London Riverside) to the old (Tower Bridge) along the Thames. What visitors see this Summer in London will only be the best.
Earlier reports that I read somewhere mentioned, “Many sporting events have already sold out, but there will be hundreds of free cultural events to enjoy throughout the summer. The London 2012 Festival will turn the whole country into a living stage, from a multilingual bonanza of Shakespeare productions at Stratford-upon-Avon to a soccer-inspired art installation deep in a Scottish forest. David Hockney, Leona Lewis, and Philip Glass are among the heavyweights headlining in London.”
You will not see this “bandage” on the Westminster Parliament building now! What you can see now in London are a perfect city to spend a holiday in.
Having said that, if you are are planning to visit London in this Summer, be prepare to pay more on accommodations and foods and almost everything as most vendors will increase their prices tremendously to grab this once in a life time opportunity.
Don’t let them put you off! There are still lots of treasures to explore in London which are absolutely free.
First pay a visit to the British Museum, one of the greatest museum in the world. From there, you can stroll down the streets to London shopping district, the Oxford Street. Then you can catch the warden changing ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and go to the St. James Park next door to relax. Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, China Town and the Soho areas are also free to pay a visit. Of course, no visit to London is complete without visiting the Big Ben, Westminster Parliament building, Tower Bridge, London Eyes and More London, all along the River Thames, which again, are totally free to stop by and take some nice photos, especially at night!
What are you waiting for? Book you flight now to fly to London and support your country in the 2012 Olympic! I have visited London last year and the year before, which left great impressions in my memory. It is still one of my top 5 cities to visit in Europe. You can read my complete coverage of my previous travel to London for more advices and tips. If you wish to visit some other cities in Europe after London, check out my mini planning guide to help you to plan a budget trip to Europe.
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