6 Fantastic Events in London 2012

2012 is set to be a busy year in London. There is so much going on starting with the Marathon, then the Diamond Jubilee right up to the Olympics in August. If you have never been to London before, there is no better reason to go in 2012.

1) London Marathon
Now in its 32nd year, this will take place on Sunday April 22nd. It is a major event in the London’s calendar. Each year up to nearly 40,000 people race the 26.2 miles around London, through the famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, past Big Ben and along the Thames. Show your support by going up to London on this Sunday and cheering on the runners.

2) Chelsea Flower Show
This annual event attracts around 157,000 people each year, the number limited due to the size of the venue. The Royal Horticultural Society hosts this event in Chelsea, West London and tickets can be bought through the website priced at £45 each. Other retailers can sometimes offer cheaper tickets but you should do a background check on any you feel look suspicious.

3) Diamond Jubilee
The Queen starts her Diamond Jubilee with the Derby on Epsom Downs on Saturday June 2nd. Epsom Downs is located just outside Epsom, which can be accessed by train via Victoria or Waterloo station. Everyone can go to the Derby, but you will have to buy tickets to gain access to the Queen’s Stand. The Queen always attends the Derby and this year will be more special as it is the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Monday and Tuesday are bank holidays meaning everyone gets a four day weekend.

4) Wimbledon
One of the four grand slam events, the tennis takes place last week of June, first week of July. With the new cover on centre court, there is less disruption when it rains and play can last until the late hours of the night. All the top athletes attend Wimbledon and people queue to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars on court. Wimbledon village where The Championships is located is also a nice day out as it is right by the Common and as the name suggest feels like a “village” far out of London.

5) London 2012 Festival
The festival will start on 21st of June a few days before the Olympics begin and will last until 9th of September. There will be more than 1,000 performances and events. There will be leading artists from all over the world coming to London to celebrate London 2012. The Festival is also the finale to the Cultural Olympiad which was set up in 2008 to inspire creativity in arts and culture around the country.

6) The Olympics
Ever since London won the bid for the Olympics, they have been busily constructing what was the poorer part of London into an Olympic park. There has been redevelopment of the areas outside the park with new shopping centres, facilities and more London apartments. The Olympics start on the 27th of July and finish on the 12th of August. The Olympic tickets were made available through a ballot and now it is not clear when people will be able to buy tickets before the Games.
Visit London this year to experience a holiday you will never forget.

Written by Jo Turnbull

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