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Friday, June 22, 2012
Things to Do in London during the Olympics
First and foremost, you’ll have to spend at least a day taking in all the attractions in the Olympic Park itself. There’s a lot to do and see there, plus loads of places to eat and drink, mingle and chat with the many people there from many parts of the world.
As a Londoner and a lover of the fermented hop, I have to recommend that you take yourself along to one of the days of the Great British Beer Festival, 7-12 August. It is in its seventh year, and it just gets bigger and better. There are over 800 different real ales, ciders, and overseas beers to choose from. There are also non-alcoholic drinks, plenty of food, and live music. It is just like being inside the biggest, friendliest, liveliest pub in the world! 50,000 people are expected to attend, but previous years have been well-run and you can buy your tickets online in advance and not have to queue when you arrive. It’s held in the huge Olympia, Kensington, so easy to get to on the underground or bus.
Finally, and assuming the weather is good (fingers crossed) there’s the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park – from now to 8 September. It’s one of the largest theatres in London, but has a strangely intimate atmosphere to it. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the theatre’s annual signature piece, and was the one I saw there a few years ago. And it didn’t rain! This year’s other main production is Ragtime: The Musical. They also do comedy there- this year it’s Jimmy Carr, the 8 out of 10 cats presenter and tax avoider.
There’s also an outdoor screening of films including the dark yet visually wonderful Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairytale Pan’s Labyrinth. Bring some sandwiches and a bottle of wine and enjoy theatre as the sun sets over London. I hope you found inspiration for the 2012 London Olympic Games!