London during the Olympics

It’s a great time to be visiting London right now. Along with the Olympic Games there are many special things going on. You can visit many attractions for free; many shows will be going on, etc. Also as it is summer, the weather will be good & you will get great deals & offers on everything. London has something for everyone, being one of the world’s most visited cities, from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity.

According to http://www.visitlondon.com, London’s top 10 most popular tourist attractions include the London Eye, the National Gallery & Tower of London among a few others. The London Eye is one of the most popular attractions of the city & a major part of its skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel & has 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tons & holding up to 25 people. Experience the most breathtaking & unforgettable views of London’s most famous landmarks.

London’s National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, is a vast space, filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this iconic art gallery you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Renoir, Titian, etc. The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous buildings. It has a 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Tate Modern, on the banks of the Thames River, is Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to its previously being a power station. Inside you will find temporary exhibitions by top artists from Damien Hirst to Gauguin.

The Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world along with the permanent dinosaur exhibit. See a life-sized Blue Whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. The Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; don’t forget the awesome Imax cinema. The Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates art and design with 3,000 years’ worth of amazing artifacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you’ll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles, etc.

At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even Royalty. Kiss Brad Pitt or receive an once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen, etc. Also visit the Royal Museums Greenwich which also houses the world’s largest maritime museum, the historic Queen’s House, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Stand astride the Prime Meridian, touch a meteorite, and see the stars in the planetarium.

Also there are many other famous attractions that are must – visits, for example – the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, etc.

There many special events going on right now during the Olympics. One of them is “Snaps” which is part of the Mayor of London’s “Summer Like No Other” events. It sees some of London’s most iconic sights host fantastic installations during the Olympic and Paralympic period. The Tower Bridge is sporting a giant set of Olympic rings, which will be replaced with the Paralympic symbol of the agitos on 19 August. The bridge is also lit up nightly as part of “Dazzle: Bridge Illuminations” The timings are 9.30pm-5am with special moment on the hour every hour. In the “Rings on the River” the Olympic rings will travel along London’s river Thames, mooring in different places most days, making for some fantastic photo opportunities. The National Gallery will be illuminated with a giant agitos from 19 August. Every night during the Olympics and Paralympics, London’s Houses of Parliament will feature a lightshow of iconic Games images (9:30pm – 12:00am).

There are a few parks that are showing live coverage of the Olympics on big screens. The parks include Hyde Park, Victoria Park & Trafalgar Square. The screenings will be free of cost, other than the Opening & Closing Ceremonies which will be ticketed. Along with the live screenings, there are many live acts & performances & many other means of entertainment.

Also if you are inspired by the Olympians, you can take a cycling tour through London & see all the attractions in an environmentally friendly way & also stay fit.

Thus right now is a great time to be in London, where along with the Olympics you can enjoy all the attractions, the excitement, the electric vibe of the people.