Each August, on the final bank holiday weekend of the summer, the eyes of London shift west to take in one of the city’s most vibrant and voracious street carnivals. The Notting Hill Carnival is organized by the area’s vast Caribbean population and is a celebration of their roots and heritage through music, dance, food and general flamboyance. Running since 1964, the carnival is Europe’s biggest street festival, drawing in crowds of over a million spectators to gawp at the flashy costumes and join in the party.
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August 7, 2012
So you’ve just watched Michael Phelps win yet another gold medal in the pool, and seen Bradley Wiggins ride to gold medal victory to add to his Tour de France domination. Now you’re inspired to have a go yourself. Well, here are a few places in London to test your skills:
If the 2012 London Olympics have inspired you to get active in the British capital, here are some of the best places to test your skills
August 6, 2012
Who is the oldest Olympian ever? Who was the youngest to ever win a medal? Who has made the most Olympic games appearances? Who began the Modern Olympics? Which country decided Beach Volleyball should be an olympic sport? And BMX racing?
If you’ve ever wondered the answers to some or all of these questions, then London has the answers for you in the many exhibitions around town at the moment.
August 3, 2012
One of London’s eight Royal Parks and in close proximity to many of central London’s tourist attractions, Hyde Park is one of the city’s most popular parks, set around the vast Serpentine lake and home to a number of poignant monuments like the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and the 7th July Memorial in honor of the victims of the 2005 London bombings.
August 2, 2012
As we all know, Olympic Football is largely being played outside London and in fact the London 2012 Olympics kicked off not in London or even England but in Cardiff, Wales making this a truly British Olympics despite its name.
August 1, 2012
So far all the dire predictions of crowds and transport chaos have failed to come true. London seems to be coping well with hosting the Olympic Games – although there are still many days remaining.
80,000 people left the opening ceremony without major delays even though the event ran well past midnight, but London kept the trains running until 2:30am – unheard of!
August 1, 2012
The 2012 Olympics might be a distant memory now, but London‘s Olympic Stadium is set to stay a focal point of the capital’s sporting events, with the park hosting it’s first post-Olympics event - the London Cycling Festival - in August 2013.
If you’re traveling out to Olympic Park, you have a few choices of how to get there and there are a number of gates to enter the park.
The stations which were expected to be very congested have not been as crowded as feared: London Bridge, Bank, Charing Cross, St Pancras, the Jubilee and DLR lines were busy but flowing well.
July 31, 2012
July 27, 2012
With the 2012 Olympics starting in London on Friday, July 27 and ending Sunday, August 12, this exciting event is just around the corner! Whether you’ll be in England before the games, during, or after, here are some resources for transportation, navigating the crowds, and what to see and do during this summer in London.
July 26, 2012
Crossing Charing Cross Road at Shaftesbury Avenue during rush-hour on Thursday, I found the traffic halted, more police than I’ve ever seen in my life and people lining the kerb. The Olympic Torch was coming past, circling through central London and ever closer to the stadium.
And so today it begins: Opening Day of the Olympic Games London 2012.