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London Summer 2012

The London Olympics are possibly the biggest event Britain has held since 1948, when London was last host to the Olympic Games. Visitors and competitors from all over the world will travel to the UK to compete in 2012.

View 2012 Olympics Torch Relay Route.

Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the London Games

On 27 July 2012, the Opening Ceremony will officially open the Olympic Games. It includes the Parade of Athletes, a march featuring all participating nations. After speeches, the Olympic Anthem, the raising of the Olympic Flag and the traditional Oaths, the Opening Ceremony will culminate in the entrance of the Olympic Torch and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

The Closing Ceremony on 12 August 2012 concludes the event with another march of the athletes, hoisting of flags, speeches and the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame in the cauldron.

Venues & Arenas

London venues include several arenas at the Olympic Park, Earls Court, ExCeL, Greenwich Park, Hampton Court Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Hyde Park, Lord's Cricket Ground, North Greenwich Arena, The Mall, The Royal Artillery Barracks, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon.

  • Earls Court (Volleyball)
  • Hyde Park (Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Cultural Olympiad)
  • The Mall (Olympic & Paralympic Marathon, Cycling Road Races)
  • Horse Guards Parade (Beach Volleyball)
  • Wembley Arena & Wembley Stadium (Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Football)
  • Wimbledon (Tennis)
  • Lord's Cricket Ground (Cricket)

There are several other venues outside London which include Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Weymouth and Portland.

Transport for London and other transport operators have improved and expanded their services and ticket holders get a special Games Travel Card for the day their ticket is valid. This allows spectators to travel comfortably to and from the respective venue/ event.

Competitions

Competitions include the following sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road, Track), Diving, Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline), Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Para Olympic Competitions

The Para Olympic sports are Para Olympic Archery, Para Olympic Athletics, Boccia, Para Olympic Cycling (Road, Track), Para Olympic Equestrian, Football (5-a-side, 7-a-side), Goalball, Para Olympic Judo, Powerlifting, Para Olympic Rowing, Para Olympic Sailing, Para Olympic Shooting, Para Olympic Swimming, Para Olympic Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis.

London Festival Of Culture 2012

London will host the London Festival Of Culture, which is a mixture of dance, music, theatre, fashion, food, art and film, and will draw leading international artists to the UK. The spectacular London Festival, opens on 21 June and runs to 9 September 2012, the last day of the Paralympic Games.

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Kensington Gardens Hotel

Kensington Gardens Hotel in London is an elegant Victorian building which has been newly refurbished and restored to its original splendour. The quiet hotel is ideal for tourists, as it is situated just off Queensway with Whiteleys Shopping complex just 200 yards away, and Oxford Street and Kensington Stores are close-by.

Every room at Kensington Gardens Hotel has an en-suite bathroom, satellite Sky Television (CNN), direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, shaver point and mini bar. Room service is also available.

If you are planning sightseeing you can purchase tickets for major tourist attractions at the hotel, where you can also book sightseeing tours and chauffeur driven cars for your convenience.

Nearest Venues to Kensington Gardens Hotel

The nearest tube stations to Kensington Gardens Hotel is Bayswater (Circle and District Line), while Queensway (Central Line), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District Line) and Royal Oak (Hammersmith & City and Circle Line) are just a short walk away.

Hyde Park (Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Cultural Festival)

Kensington Gardens Hotel is ideally located next to Hyde Park, which is the venue for Marathon Swimming and Triathlon. There will be special seats for spectators for the time of the events.

Many theatre, film and music events of the London Festival will also be held at Hyde Park, which means Kensington Gardens Hotel is the ideal base for both sports and cultural events.

Starting at Kensington Gardens Hotel, you will reach Hyde Park border in less than 10 minutes by foot and its centre in around 15 more walking minutes.

Earls Court (Volleyball)

The District Line from Bayswater or Notting Hill Gate takes you to Earls Court, venue for Volleyball, in less than 10 minutes.

The Mall (Marathon, Cycling Road Races)

In between St James Park and Hyde Park is The Mall, running from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. The Mall is the starting and ending point for the Marathons and the Cycling Road Races.

Starting at Bayswater, you will reach the nearby underground stations of Victoria in 13 minutes (Circle Line), St James Park in 15 minutes (Circle Line), Hyde Park Corner in 18 minutes (Circle, then Piccadilly Line) and Green Park in 20 minutes (Circle, then Victoria Line). It is just a short walk from each of those stations to The Mall.

Horse Guards Parade (Beach Volleyball)

East of St James Park and south of The Mall, the Beach Volleyball competition will be held at the Horse Guards Parade. You will get there from Bayswater in less than 20 Minutes and the venue is just a short walk from the nearest tube stations Westminster and Embankment.

Lord's Cricket Ground (Cricket)

Lord's Cricket Ground is a 30 minute tube ride away from Kensington Gardens Hotel.

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Osborne Hotel

The Osborne Hotel, Acton provides modern, clean and comfortable London accommodation. The hotel is ideally situated for many competition venues (see below). Acton Town Underground Station is just 1 minute away and Harrods is only 15 minutes away from the Osborne Hotel.

The Osborne Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a free car park and numerous en-suite single, double and twin bedrooms. All rooms include tea & coffee making facilities, colour TV, fridge and a microwave.

Discounts for group bookings are available!

Nearest Venues to Osborne Hotel

The nearest tube station to the Osborne Hotel is Acton Town on the District and Piccadilly Line.

South Acton Rail Station is a few minutes' walk away.

Earls Court (Volleyball)

Earls Court, the venue for Volleyball, can be reached in about 10 minutes via the District Line from Acton Town.

Hyde Park (Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Cultural Festival)

Hyde Park can be reached in around 35 minutes, taking the tube from Acton Town to Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line). You can also take the District Line to Notting Hill Gate and walk the rest or change for the Central Line to Lancaster Gate. With this route you will be at the northern entrance to Hyde Park in 30 minutes from Acton Town tube station.

Hyde Park is the venue for the competitions of Marathon Swimming and Triathlon. Many theatre, film and music events of the London Festival will also be held at Hyde Park.

The Mall (Olympic & Paralympic Marathon, Cycling Road Races)

In between Hyde Park and St James Park is The Mall, running from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. The Mall is the starting and ending point for the Marathons and the Cycling Road Races.

Starting at Acton Town, you will reach the nearby underground stations of Hyde Park Corner in 19 minutes (Piccadilly Line), Victoria in 24 minutes (Piccadilly, then District Line), St James Park in 29 minutes (Piccadilly, then District Line) and Green Park in 33 minutes (District, then Victoria Line). It is just a short walk from each of those stations to The Mall.

Horse Guards Parade (Beach Volleyball)

East of St James Park and south of The Mall, the Beach Volleyball competition will be held at the Horse Guards Parade. You will get there from Acton Town in half an hour on the District Line.

Wembley Arena & Wembley Stadium (Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Football)

The Wembley Arena is the venue for Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics, while the Wembley Stadium hosts the Football competitions.

To get there, take the Piccadilly Line from Acton Town to Alperton Station and then Bus 297 to Wembley Park Station (approx. journey time 35 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the Overground train from South Acton Rail Station near the Osborne Hotel and then the tube from West Hampstead to Wembley Park (Jubilee Line).

Wimbledon (Tennis)

Wimbledon is famous for its importance in tennis, and it is home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Wimbledon will be the venue for Tennis.

Wimbledon is just a 30 minute tube ride away from the Osborne Hotel. Take the Piccadilly Line to Earl's Court and change for the District Line to Wimbledon.

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Lamington Apartments

Lamington Serviced Apartments, Hammersmith offer a series of comfortable studios, one bedroom flats, two bedroom apartments and self catering holiday apartments in Hammersmith Grove, West London. Central London is only 5 miles away and the apartments are conveniently located for the London Airports, M25 motorway and the superb shopping facilities of Westfield. All properties are fully furnished in a modern style and some of the larger 2 bedroom flats have gardens. Children are also welcome.

With space for 1-5 guests, the holiday apartment is ideal for families or groups of travellers.

Nearest Venues to Lamington Apartments

Hammersmith, West Kensington and Goldhawk Road Underground Stations are the nearest to the Lamington Apartments. Hammersmith is only a 5 minutes walk away from the property.

West Kensington is served by the District Line, while Goldhawk Road by Hammersmith & City and Circle Line. Hammersmith Station combines the two and offers quick journeys via Piccadilly, District, Hammersmith & City and Circle Line, which makes this station near the Lamington Apartments the ideal base for your journeys all across London.

Earls Court (Volleyball)

Earls Court Station can be reached within from Hammersmith in 5 minutes (Piccadilly Line), or you can walk there in around half an hour from the apartments. If you start your ride at West Kensington tube station, it will only take 3 minutes to Earl's Court (District Line). Earls Court is the venue for Volleyball.

Hyde Park (Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Cultural Festival)

Hyde Park is the venue for Marathon Swimming and Triathlon. Many theatre, film and music events of the London Festival will also be held at Hyde Park, which is an 11 minutes tube ride away from Hammersmith Station on the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge.

The Mall (Marathons, Cycling Road Races)

In between St James Park and Hyde Park is The Mall, running from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. The Mall is the starting and ending point for the Marathons and the Cycling Road Races.

Starting at Hammersmith, you will reach the nearby underground stations of Hyde Park Corner in 13 minutes (Piccadilly Line), Victoria in 17 minutes (District Line), St James Park in 19 minutes (District Line) and Green Park in 22 minutes (District, then Victoria Line). It is just a short walk from each of those stations to The Mall.

Horse Guards Parade (Beach Volleyball)

East of St James Park and south of The Mall, the Beach Volleyball competition will be held at the Horse Guards Parade. You will get there from Hammersmith in around 20 minutes on the District Line.

Wimbledon (Tennis)

Wimbledon is famous for its importance in tennis, and it is home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Wimbledon will of course be the venue for Tennis.

Wimbledon is just a 26 minute tube ride away from the Lamington Apartments. Take the Piccadilly Line to Earl's Court and change for the District Line to Wimbledon.