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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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Leicester Square Tube Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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Blackfriars Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Trafalgar
 
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St Martins Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Trafalgar Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £122  22% 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
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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  42% 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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Griff Rhys Jones takes the title role and comedian Lee Mack stars in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy The Miser with Sean Foley directing ...More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 3rd February to 29th April 2017
London 2012 Festival, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 7 minutes from London 2012 Festival
This production of Travesties broke box office records at the Menier Chocolate Factory, becoming the first play in the company's history to sell out ahead of ...More
 
 
 
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Haymarket, SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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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
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London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as London 2012 Festival
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as London 2012 Festival
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Nelson's Column
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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London > Shopping > Department Stores
18-22 Haymarket, Mayfair, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
10 Northumberland Avenue, 10 Northumberland avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
66 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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62-65 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 13 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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The Sherlock Holmes
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53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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The Harp
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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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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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Walkers Of Whitehall
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15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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Vista Bar
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The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from London 2012 Festival
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116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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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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24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from London 2012 Festival
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David Shrigley: Really GoodDavid Shrigley: Really GoodDavid Shrigley: Really GoodThe seven-metre-high bronze sculpture of a hand giving a disproportionately long thumbs up, which has the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, is the latest contemporary artwork to take up residence on the Fourth Plinth. David Shrigley's "phallic black bronze" (Guardian) Really Good sculpture was given the thumbs up by the Gua2017-01-23T00:00:00+00002017-09-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Sculpture | PRICING  Free  
DATES  29th September 2016 to 29th September 2017
VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
The seven-metre-high bronze sculpture of a hand giving a disproportionately long thumbs up, which has the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, is the latest contemporary artwork to take up residence on the Fourth Plinth. David Shrigley's "phallic black bronze" (Guardian) Really Good sculpture was given the thumbs up by the Gua... More about this event
 
London's Chinese New YearLondon's Chinese New YearLondon's Chinese New YearChinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Rooster, the London celebrations take place on 29th January 2017 with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Squar2017-01-29T00:00:00+00002017-01-29T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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Free EventOn Soon

event > Kids Events | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Sunday 29th January 2017
VENUE  Trafalgar Square 
Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Rooster, the London celebrations take place on 29th January 2017 with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Squar... More about this event
 
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Trafalgar Square,   Central London      WC2N 5DS
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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.2017-07-08T13:00:00+01002017-07-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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