London Olympic Mania
As the Olympic flame finally reaches British shores the excitement continues to mount in the build up to 2012. The Olympic flame has arrived in Britain so the starting gun has been well and truly fired for London 2012. Seven years after London won The Games David Beckham, accompanied by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, brought the Olympic flame to the UK from the Greek capital Athens.
The flame, which was lit from the rays of the sun at Olympia, was then flown to the UK accompanied by other dignitaries including London 2012 chairman Seb Coe and the capital’s Mayor Boris Johnson. The plane was named The Firefly by schoolchildren. It took engineers nine days to paint it gold, white and yellow for the occasion. The arrival of the flame marked the start of the torch relay and the moment when Olympic mania reached fever pitch.
The 70-day, 8,000 mile London 2012 Olympic torch relay began at Land’s End, Cornwall. The torch is being carried around the UK by 8,000 torchbearers before arriving at the Olympic stadium for the Games’ opening ceremony on 27 July. Even before the opening ceremony there is a chance to get involved in the excitement of London 2012. It has been estimated that 95% of the UK population will be within 10 miles of the Olympic Torch relay so make sure you get out and enjoy the atmosphere.
If you have tickets for London 2012 then now is the time to think about hotel accommodation for the Olympics. If you need an hotel near the Olympic Park don’t just think about somewhere in London, head east to Essex on the Liverpool Street line and you will be spoilt for choice of Olympic hotels 2012. You can opt for a country house style base for your once-in-a-lifetime Olympic experience to choose a modern bed and breakfast.