Five of the best Olympic days out in London

This summer will witness the transformation of our nations capital into a sports enthusiast’s haven, with an abundance of fun (and usually free) Olympic themed activities happening on practically every corner of the city.

For anyone not lucky enough to have won tickets for an actual Olympic event, the great news is that you can still feel involved and part of the action by visiting one of these events.  Here are our top picks for five of the best Olympic themed activities this summer:

London Live in Hyde Park
This is THE place to be for anyone wanting to participate in the Olympics without actually sitting in a stadium.  There will be six giant screens showing every medal ceremony of the games, live throughout the day, regular visits by some of the UK’s top sporting heroes, and also be several ‘have a go’ areas, where you can try your hands at some of the most popular Olympic events, including horse riding and athletics.

Visit one of the official hospitality Houses
During the Olympics, many of the visiting countries are setting up camp in a national hospitality house, from which they will be entertaining athletes, visiting VIP’s and sponsors.

Some of these houses are opening up to the public and hosting medal ceremonies, exhibitions, concerts and parties.  These include:

Africa Village at Kensington Gardens – Witness this world first when the 53 African national Olympic committees come together to host one very special, dedicated NOC house.

French Olympic Village at Old Billingsgate – For a taste of France, head to Old Billingsgate where there will be live broadcasts of events, interviews with athletes plus restaurants and shops.

Kiwi House at Granary Square – Showcasing the best food, drink and entertainment from New Zealand, including BBQ’s by some of the countries top chefs and specially imported Moa beer.  Entry costs £5 per day.

Southbank
This year, the second summer festival along the Southbank promises to be a fun and interesting art haven for culture loving families.  Taking advantage of the 2012 Olympic games, the festival features Olympic-themed live music, art displays and workshops for you to participate in.

From huge interactive plastic cityscapes to weekly food markets – head to an urban beach with a twist this summer.

Royal Opera House
The Olympic Journey: The story of the games is coming to the Royal Opera House this summer and will run from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August.

This free and unique exhibition tells the Olympic story through ancient and modern Olympians.  It includes artefacts from numerous athletes through the ages and features each medal from 1896 and Olympic torches since 1936.

Tate Britain
Since 1912, each Olympic host city has commissioned and created one or more posters to celebrate the hosting of the games.  The official posters are now a unique celebration of the fusion between art and sport, and have been created into an iconic body of work spanning over 100 years.

This distinctive exhibition will be available to view between 21 June and 23 September and features some of the leading contemporary artists including Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Fiona Banner.

This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a freelance writer, mum to three daughters, and Olympic enthusiast!  Kathryn was not fortunate enough to have won tickets any Olympic events, but will be taking advantage of subsidised days out in London, via the Promo Codes website.

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