As the Olympic torch slowly makes its way across the UK, the countdown is on and London is getting ready for the start of the well-awaited Olympic Games.

Large crowds are of course expected and visitors are being told to plan their journeys across London carefully, factoring in possible delays. The free roadside events are expected to generate much attention, especially by those unable to get tickets for events taking place in the main stadium.  Anyone travelling in and around London have therefore been advised to use local transport as much as possible and anyone living near part of one of the routes, to try to stay local and avoid travel all together.

Live sites with giant screens have been created in every region across the UK specially designed to feature the Olympic games and give everyone a chance to enjoy the atmosphere. London’s Park Live Presented by British Airways promises to be one such venue located along the river between the Riverbank Arena and the Velodrome. A British Airways stage will also will be welcoming a host of Olympic athletes. Check also the Community Live Sites pages on the official Olympic website. Some Live Sites may require tickets, which can be booked online in advance.
The Olympic schedule and My Olympics space on the website also allows visitors to find dates, times, locations, news, photos and country specific information on all sporting events. With events taking place all around London, visitors are advised to check the times and location of their chosen event carefully. Equestrian events, for example will be taking place at the beautiful Greenwich Park and spectators for the Canoe Slalom will need to make their way to the Lee Valley White Water Centre. There can be quite some distance between one event area and another so the journey planner on the website is definitely worth having a look at to help plan your day. It also includes a range of other important tidbits on lodging, food and drink and offers a detailed and very handy map of the Olympic Stadium, Village and surrounding area that can be saved onto a computer and downloaded. An interactive map on the spectator page also allows visitors from around the UK to check for any London 2012 events local to them.Highlights surrounding the Olympic Games include: The Team Welcome ceremonies that traditionally take place before the Opening Ceremony, the Opening Ceremony and symbolic lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, the Closing Ceremony, the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde Park, the new ArcelorMittal Orbit that offers great views of the Olympic Stadium but does require tickets and the many events taking place as part of the London 2012 Festival.For further information and Olympic ticket re-sales, please check http://www.london2012.com/spectators/tickets/ticket-checker. Please be warned that there are many sites claiming to be selling Olympic Tickets that have not been endorsed to do so and anyone making a purchase from such an unauthorized site could be liable to be scammed.

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