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London 2012 FestivalThe culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, which runs in venues and open spaces all over the capital from 21 June 2012 - Midsummer's Day - until 9 September 2012 - the last day of the 2012 Paralympics. During the 12 weeks, leading artists from all over the world will descend upon London to be a part of the UK's biggest ever festival. Celebrating both the Olympics and Paralympics through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, the London 2012 Festival will feature commissions from the likes of dancer Akram Khan, actress Cate Blanchett, director Mike Leigh, artist Tracy Emin, the singer Damon Albarn and the late painter Lucian Freud. Whether you're into circuses, carnivals, fashion, opera, African music, sculpture, Shakespeare, dance or the paintings of David Hockney - to name but a handful of bases - there'll be something for you in a programme which boasts more than 1,000 events and which will reach an estimated audience of 10 million people. And while some major events will be ticketed, the majority will be free and easily accessible for everyone, adding to the party atmosphere and feel-good vibe of the Games. Like the trickle-down effect Team GB hopes to have on the sporting aspirations of the entire nation, the London 2012 Festival intends to leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK for many years to come.

For more information please visit www.london2012.com/festival.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Blackfriars Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
2 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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June events in London 2012

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February in London 2012

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The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  40% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  31% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  33% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
A visually stunning building, The Grand at Trafalgar Square is a quintessential London hotel, located within the restored landmark Northumberland House - formerly the Victoria Hotel. ... More
 
 
 
 
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This Is Living
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th May to 11th June 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 2 minutes from London 2012 Festival
After a critically acclaimed run in Edinburgh in 2014, Liam Borrett's debut play now gets its London premiere with a staging at the Trafalgar Studios. This ...More
 
 
 
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The Spoils
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th May to 13th August 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 2 minutes from London 2012 Festival
American actor Jesse Eisenberg makes his British theatre debut this May to star in his own play, The Spoils. The Oscar-nominee plays Ben, a rich, entitled ...More
 
 
 
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The Go-Between
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th May to 15th October 2016
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 7 minutes from London 2012 Festival
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Michael Crawford returns to the West End in 2016 to star in The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre. Directed by Roger ...More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Theatre Royal
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
The Haymarket Theatre was built by John Potter on the site of the King's Head Inn and the Gun Smith shop in 1702. It has had ... More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the week's ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near London 2012 Festival
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Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as London 2012 Festival
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as London 2012 Festival
The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square remained empty after its completion in 1841 - it was designed for an equestrian statue of one of Britain's Colonial ... More
 
 
 
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Nelson's Column
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Master tactician, inspirational leader, patriotic martyr, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is one of England's great heroes. His Nelson's Column statue is at the very heart of ... More
 
 
 
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
 
 
 
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Dover Street Market
London > Shopping > Department Stores
18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
A department store but not as we know it, Dover Street Market is Harvey Nics for the hip. A haven for high end fashion brands like ... More
 
 
 
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Massimo Restaurant & Bar
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
10 Northumberland Avenue, 10 Northumberland avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Adding another notch to his London portfolio, David Collins has designed the exquisite Massimo restaurant within the grand 5 star Corinthia Hotel London in Whitehall Place. ... More
 
 
 
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Albannach
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Scotland combines some of the finest ingredients in the world with some of the most atrocious cooking, but this Scottish-themed bar-restaurant is trying to change all ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
62-65 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Pret a Manger sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome ... More
 
 
 
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ELS Language Centre, London
London > Education > English Language Courses
3 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
8 students per class. Under £200pw.... More
 
 
 
Malvern House College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Malvern House International, 29 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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Regent London
London > Education > English Language Courses
12 Buckingham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Under £200 per week. Maximum group size 15. Wide variety of courses.... More
 
 
 
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
 
 
 
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Vista
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, Vista is a rooftop bar upon the boutique Trafalgar Hotel. The ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Contemporary Art Bar & Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
The Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall (just down the road from the Queen's pad) is a great place for a trendy drink after taking ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Directors - IOD
London > Business > Venue Hire
116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 

Trafalgar Square events

 
Big Dance 2016Big Dance 2016A biennial celebration of dance and dancing, with opportunities to learn original choreography.2016-05-28T09:00:00+01002016-07-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Big Dance 2016
The Mayor Of London's Patron's LunchThe Mayor Of London's Patron's LunchThis event is to celebrate the work of the Queen and her charities, complete with a wide range of activities.2016-06-12T11:00:00+01002016-06-12T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Mayor Of London's Patron's Lunch
West End LIVEWest End LIVEThousands of people gather in Trafalgar Square to enjoy performances from West End shows.2016-06-18T11:00:00+01002016-06-19T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
West End LIVE
Pride in London ParadePride in London ParadePride in London ParadeWith growing numbers year on year, the Pride in London Parade is back for 2016 for another colourful occasion of dancing, marching and rollerskating through London. Celebrate the people and organisations who've contributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the years and join the parade as it marches proudly from Baker Str2016-06-25T00:00:00+01002016-06-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon

event > Concerts | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Saturday 25th June 2016
VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
With growing numbers year on year, the Pride in London Parade is back for 2016 for another colourful occasion of dancing, marching and rollerskating through London. Celebrate the people and organisations who've contributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights over the years and join the parade as it marches proudly from Baker Str... More about this event
 
Pride In LondonPride In LondonLesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their family and friends march proudly from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending in Trafalgar Square with a concert featuring chart acts, musicians, dancers, West End stars and other performers.2016-06-25T13:00:00+01002016-06-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Pride In London
Eid Festival 2016Eid Festival 2016The event hosts a variety of special activities for the whole family to enjoy.2016-07-09T12:00:00+01002016-07-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
Category: event
Free Event 
Eid Festival 2016
Silence In The SquareSilence In The SquareThe Royal British Legion leads a two minute silence for Armistice Day at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in the square. After the event, the public can place poppy petals in the fountains as a symbolic act of remembrance.2016-11-11T10:00:00+00002016-11-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Free Event 
Silence In The Square
 
 

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The Invitation
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

Kenneth MacMillan's gripping ballet, The Invitation , brings a complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption to the ...More

Oedipe
Concerts | Until 8th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform in The Royal Opera House ...More

Obsidian Tear
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his new ballet Obsidian Tear , which is given its ...More

The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
Royal Ballet:Obsidian Tear/The Invitation/Within The Golden Hour
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

A world premiere from McGregor, a dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon....More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Kids' Sushi Class
Exhibitions | Until 28th May 2016 

Inamo Covent Garden 1 minute walk from London 2012 Festival

Train your Nigiri Ninjas We're opening Inamo's exclusive masterclasses to our younger fans. Enter the dojo of our expert Sashimi ...More

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from London 2012 Festival

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
Tours | Until 5th June 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from London 2012 Festival

The Poster Party takes place throughout the May half term, from 28th May until 5th June 2016, with storytelling and ...More

 
Bach to Baby Family Concert In Covent Garden
Concerts | On 28th May 2016 

St Paul's Covent Garden 2 minutes walk from London 2012 Festival

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