Top Games-time tips
According to The Guardian, last Monday, Heathrow expected to handle a whopping “236,955 passengers” in just one day, as the steady stream of visitors to our shores slowly develops into a veritable river of tourists and athletes pitching up for the biggest sporting spectacle in the world.
With standard summer tourist figures peaking at 1.5 million during August, there will be almost a million extra visitors, from around the UK and oversees, entering London in the coming weeks.
That means that, if you had failed to notice, many Londoners are quaking in their wellington boots at the thought of an even busier, bustling London.
There are plenty of alternative ways to enjoy the Games.
We wrote an article a while back on the Cultural Olympiad. If fast men and women in Lycra just don’t do it for you, then this feast of music, film and art is well worth investigating. From David Hockney’s recent exhibition at the Royal Academy to Saturday’s Rio Carnival (Hackney style), there’s a whole lot more going on in London for you to enjoy.
Spectate, for free:
And for the sporting enthusiast, why not take to the streets during the Games, where you can watch the cycling road races, the marathon and the running section of the triathlon all for free - not bad, eh?
Alternatively you can soak up the atmosphere whilst glued to the big screen; there will several of these beaming the live action direct from the Olympic Park at areas around London during Games time, including Victoria Park, Hyde Park & Trafalgar Square.
We’re told there will even be “free performances on selected days by acts including Sir Tom Jones, Dodgy and Alexandra Burke”, at BT London Live, in Hyde Park.
Whether you’re a Londoner, British, or from oversees, getting hold of one of the many phones apps available, designed purely for the Games, is well worth it: take a look at our list of the must-have apps.
Whether you are visiting Stratford, taking a bike around the city or looking for a good pub, these apps are extremely useful and will be a welcome source of information amongst the hustle and bustle of crowds during the Games.
So, hopefully we’ve given you even more reason to cheer come the start of the Games! If you have any suggestions or tips, we’d love to hear them, so do get in touch with us.
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