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All eyes are on London this summer as the city hosts its third Olympic Games and millions of visitors descend upon the capital to watch the world's greatest athletes compete to win medals for their countries. The proceedings kick off with an opening ceremony of epic proportions on July 27th, the standards have been set dauntingly high by the last Olympic hosts, Beijing, and an estimated 15% of the world's population are expected to tune in; so the pressure is well and truly on for director Danny Boyle who is rumoured to be putting a Shakespearean slant on the ceremony. Once officially opened the drama really begins with a huge range of sporting events taking place across the country, with table tennis, taekwondo and everything in between. The 2012 Games are a seriously momentous occasion for London, and everyone is hoping it will be third time lucky as we get another shot as Olympic hosts. The first time the Games arrived in the capital was in 1908, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius disrupted plans for them to be held in Rome. We got another opportunity in 1944 but were forced to cancel after World War II broke out. Finally, four years later London welcomed 59 nations to compete in the Games, notably Germany and Japan were not invited. It's been 54 long years since the torch last landed in London, and after tireless campaigning to secure the 2012 bid and much anticipation, it's finally time for Britain to show the world what it's made of. Expect mass chaos, controversy and a whole lot of hysteria, its going to be a truly unforgettable summer.
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196 High Street, E15 | 10 minutes from London Olympics
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1a Romford Road, E15 | 18 minutes from London Olympics
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Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 | 4 minutes from London Olympics
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Entertainment near London Olympics
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Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 | 3 minutes from London Olympics
Presiding over the former Olympic Park the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower, was described by Mayor Boris Johnson as that "something extra" needed to "distinguish ...More
London > Shopping > Art and Design
Unit 18, SPACE Studios, Britannia Works, Dace Road, E3 | 6 minutes from London Olympics
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Mother Studios, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, E9 | 8 minutes from London Olympics
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London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
Stour Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 5 minutes from London Olympics
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London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
147 The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Stratford, London E20 | 9 minutes from London Olympics
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London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2.6 miles from London Olympics
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121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 31 minutes from London Olympics
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ...More
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No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 2.2 miles from London Olympics
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