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Olympic Park Walking Tours

Not got tickets for Olympic events? Then this is your best bet of seeing the venues in which the athletes compete. Stroll around all three Olympic sites with the Going For Gold tour, or opt for one of the daily walks that will take you around the east London site. Your guide will give you the lowdown on everything from the history of the area, to why east London was chosen to host 2012.

Free | Daily – various times
Gold tour at White City Tube. Daily walks at Bromley-by-Bow Tube


Olympic Festival at Potters Field

Get caught up in the buzz of the Olympics as the park screens the sporting action as well as a host of entertainment, including prizes and games.

July 27-Aug 12; Aug 19-Sept 9
Off Tooley St, SE1 2AA
Tube | London Bridge


Festival of the World

This celebration is going on all summer long, and is made up of smaller festivals and weekenders. Enjoy comedy, immersive theatre, exhibitions, cabaret and music running until the end of the Paralympic Games.

Various prices | Until Sept 9
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX 
Tube | Waterloo


Festival Hackney

Expect musical street parades and comedy as the Olympic torch lands in Hackney, heading to Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, with special guests expected.

Free | July 21
Starts Pitfield St, N1 6BU
Tube | Hoxton


The Fringe 2012

At the top end of your budget, this pop-up members’ club will be opening in a four-storey mid-19th-century Victorian warehouse, a 100m walk from the Olympic Park. Open all day til 2am, dine all day on top food, sipping cocktails, overlooking the place of the moment.

£90 | July 20-Sept 9
Swan Whf, E3 2NG 
Station | Hackney Wick


The House of Switzerland

The House of Switzerland is one of the few national buildings opening up to the public. It will be turning 3000sqm into a “Red Zone” mini-village. Guests can take part in sporting events, listen to live music, tuck into top food and enjoy cultural performances. On display will be traditional Swiss sports, and there will be medal ceremonies with Swiss athletes in attendance.

Free | July 20-Aug 12
Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, SE1 9DD
Tube | London Bridge



Of course you could be an Olympic athlete. To prove it to your mates, take part in these sporting events at the BT Live sites. Get involved in Wheelchair Rugby League in Victoria Park, or at Hyde Park have a taster session of wheelchair basketball (pictured), enjoy ping pong tables, and there’s also a triathlon course. Plus there’s cricket, lacrosse, football, handball, volleyball, badminton and netball at both sites, with coaches and professionals.

VP July 27-Aug 12. HP July 28-Aug 11. All day every day
VP E9 7BT/ HP W2 2UH
VP Bethnal Green/ Hyde Park



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