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London - Jubilee and Olympic City

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A June 2012 trip to London by Joy S

Climbing on phone boxes to get a good view Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: We were lucky enough to be in London at the end of the Jubilee weekend, we also managed to fit in some Olympic themed sightseeing too!

Jubilee Celebrations

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Climbing on phone boxes to get a good view Photo, London, England
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Everyone in the UK could not have failed to be swept up in the wonderful atmosphere of celebration surrounding the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. We were definitely amongst those and watched everything on television - the Thames river pageant being the highlight.On the bank holiday Tuesday, we took the train to London and decided, when we arrived to join the crowds and sample the festive atmosphere for ourselves. We were not expecting to get anywhere near Buckingham Palace for the balcony appearance, but just wanted to be in the centre of London with all the crowds.We bought a diamond jubilee flag - flag sellers must have made a fortune in London that weekend, and set off to see wh...Read More

Olympic Park

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The Orbit Photo, London, England
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There are now less than 100 days to go to the Olympic Games and the excitement and anticipation is building dramatically in the UK, but even more so when you visit London. It is a very exciting time in the capital, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for London and for anyone visiting, to soak up this unique atmosphere.Most of the Olympic action will take place in and around Stratford in East London. I discovered that you can see the Olympic Park area with a Blue Badge tourist guide. They have guided walks every day at 11:00am and 2:00pm. To join these, you have to get to Bromley by Bow underground station. Two people met us there and directed us to the starting point for the wal...Read More

Stratford

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3 Mills Studios Photo, London, England
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We had never really visited this area of London before, but decided to explore as this is where the majority of the Olympic events will be taking place. We took a Blue Badge guided tour and got a great overview from our guide about why this area was chosen to host the Olympics, she described and pointed out some of the gems of London's industrial past and showed how the area has been regenerated and how they are trying to attract wildlife back to this urban area again.We started off, across the road from Bromley by Bow underground station at 3 Mills Island. This is a lovely, quaint, cobblestoned area with the river beside it. There are some lovely old mill buildings, one of which is the...Read More

Greenwich

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Greenwich Foot Tunnel Photo, London, England
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Greenwich is a little way out of the centre of London, but it is well worth the effort to go there. It is really beautiful and is the home of several very interesting attractions - Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the Royal Naval College. All this makes up Maritime Greenwich which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We spent a very pleasant afternoon exploring this lovely area.Instead of taking the underground all the way to Greenwich, we took public transport to the Isle of Dogs and then used the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. This is a really interesting way to get there. It is reached via glass domes on either side of the river. It was built in the Victorian ...Read More

Royal Observatory

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Royal Observatory Photo, Greenwich, England
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The Royal Observatory is in Greenwich Park. If you don't have time to visit the Observatory, it is still nice to explore Greenwich Park, which is one of London's largest and loveliest parks. There are big avenues, lots of green space, lovely walks and great views across the River Thames to Docklands and beyond.At the moment they are getting ready for some of the Olympic events which are going to be held in Greenwich Park. They were building seating during our visit, so some parts of the park are closed off to the public, but you can still wander around and take advantage of the views.To get to the Royal Observatory, you have to walk up a very steep hill - pause on the way up...Read More

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Royal Observatory
Top Of The Hill, Greenwich Park
Greenwich, England