If you go . . .
2012 Summer Games attractions, venues
Site of marquee events such as swimming, track and field, and basketball preliminaries. Only visitors with tickets to events inside or ground tickets can enter. www.london2012.com/spectators/venues/olympic-park/
The northern area of Olympic Park is set to reopen one year from the opening ceremonies, on July 27, 2013, and the southern part around Easter 2014.
Accessible only to visitors who also hold Olympic Park ground or event tickets. Adults $23.25, seniors and 16 and under $11.
The largest of London’s Royal Parks will be both venue and gathering place.
As the site of equestrian events, the Royal Park will probably draw some royals.
Horse Guards Parade
Destined to be an iconic venue, it will host beach volleyball among historic buildings.
National Hospitality Houses
Different countries will showcase their national cultures and their partying cultures at these
houses. Many have large areas open to the public.
Museums and palaces near Olympic venues
Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps, King Charles Street
Relive Britain’s WWII history, adults $23.25, seniors and students $18.65, under 16 free.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Exhibits showcase collections focused on art and design, free.
Lessons in time-keeping and astronomy greet visitors, as does the famed meridian line, free. Closed July 7-Aug. 3
www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace Recently renovated and reopened, the palace was once home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Adults $22.50, seniors and students $18.65, under 16 free.