London 2012 Olympics

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New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy
New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy

New exhibition showcasing London’s Olympic legacy

In the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics (it's been a decade already?), there's an exhibition looking at how the legacy of those games has left its mark in Stratford.

Apr
26
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C
London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

London’s Pocket Parks: Olympic Ring Park, N1C

A small roadside park alongside St Pancras Station has something hidden in the bushes - pieces of the London 2012 Olympic rings.

Jul
15
2021
Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2018
Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2018

Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2018

Gin, Umbrella Jousting, Gin, Three-Trousered Limbo, Gin, Moustache Wrestling, Gin, Quill Throwing, Gin and Bounders.

May
06
2018
Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station
Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station

Paralympians as Olympian Gods above a Crossrail station

To mark the latest Olympic games, some of the Paralympians have been rendered into art form and are on display at the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf.

Sep
10
2016
Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track
Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track

Chance to buy a chunk of London 2012 racing track

The former Olympic Stadium is selling off parts of the London 2012 racing track, as souvenirs.

Jul
25
2016
Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2016
Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2016

Ticket Alert: The Chap Olympiad 2016

Gin, Umbrella Jousting, Gin, Three-Trousered Limbo, Gin, Moustache Wrestling, Gin, Quill Throwing, Gin and Bounders.

May
06
2016
The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display
The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display

The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display

Since time immemorial, the flame has been a symbol of the Olympic Games. Well, at least since 1936, it has been, when the first Olympic Cauldron was introduced for the German Games of 1936.

Jul
24
2014
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Over the next few weeks, people will start typing E20 in to websites as the first part of their address as they move into new flats built on the Olympic Park.

Jul
18
2013
Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight
Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight

Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight

Over the past few months, I have occasionally noticed a countdown clock at the top of the Olympic park website noting when the part reopens to the public.

Jun
10
2013
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact
Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Tom Daley’s swimming trunks become a Museum artefact

Curators at the Museum of London are used to handling objects that may have been dug up out of damp ground and carefully dried to preserve them for display.

Apr
30
2013
Public tours of The Orbit start again
Public tours of The Orbit start again

Public tours of The Orbit start again

Surrounded by a building site, one of the few objects within the Olympic Park that doesn't have builders crawling all over it is the Orbit Tower.

Apr
01
2013
Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands
Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands

Massive bronze Polo sculptures sitting in Docklands

On the opposite side of the docks from the City Airport can be found a remnant of London 2012 artistic endeavours, in the form of a large set of bronze sculptures.

Mar
07
2013
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park
The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

As noted by Diamond Geezer yesterday and by myself today, the Greenway next to the Olympic Park has reopened, as has the View Tube at one end.

Dec
02
2012
Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start
Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start

Free bus tours of the former Olympic site to start

The former Olympic park is to start offering free bus tours of the site during the conversion from its Olympic layout to the new public park that will open progressively during 2013-14.

Nov
15
2012
Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos
Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos

Tower Bridge Fireworks – Photos

If you watched the last moments of the Paralympics closing ceremony last night when the fireworks went off at Stratford, you might have seen a short clip of a small display happening at Tower Bridge as well.

Sep
10
2012
Building the Olympics – bedtime reading
Building the Olympics – bedtime reading

Building the Olympics – bedtime reading

Now that we have all gushed over the various Olympic venues, it might be worth sparing a moment to consider the planning and effort that went into building them. Fortunately, the usually subscription only Institute of Civil Engineering have put

Sep
09
2012
Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon
Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon

Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon

A heads up, literally, that the Red Arrows will be flying over London on Monday (10th Sept) afternoon as part of the post-Olympics parade through the city.

Sep
07
2012
More tours of HMS Ocean announced
More tours of HMS Ocean announced

More tours of HMS Ocean announced

If you missed out on the chance to visit the Royal Navy's largest warship, currently doing Olympian security duties in Greenwich, then it has been announced that it will be open to the public again during the August Bank Holiday.

Aug
21
2012
The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy
The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

And so it is over. Today, the athletes. the trainers, the sponsors and their assorted lackeys pack up their bags and leave the party. Years of expectation and effort concentrated into a single moment. Would people turn up, would they

Aug
13
2012
The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices
The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The hideously overpriced canal boat service (link removed, dead link) taking people from Limehouse to nearish to the Olympic Park seems to have finally bowed the inevitability of their reportedly near-empty boats...

Aug
09
2012
Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting
Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Sitting inside the Olympic Park is a “megastore” packed with Olympic branded goodies. Some garish, some surprisingly tasteful, including the canvas bags with 1948 posters on them – alas, a plastic style print transfer that wouldn’t last very long, and

Aug
05
2012
How Green Was Our Olympic Park
How Green Was Our Olympic Park

How Green Was Our Olympic Park

When London's bid for the 2012 Olympics was presented, part of the arguments would be centered on its eco-credentials. It would be a public transport based Olympics, energy would be renewable. Well, some of it would be.

Jul
29
2012
An unusual train movement on the London Underground
An unusual train movement on the London Underground

An unusual train movement on the London Underground

Earlier this morning, something happened that hasn't been seen for over 65 years - a tube train left Waterloo and arrived at Bank, carrying passengers.

Jul
29
2012
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

A sight that the Olympics organisers hope to never see is an empty Olympic Park, but for me it was too good a chance to miss.

Jul
28
2012