London, the great city throws its doors open to the world when the Summer Olympic Games kick off in July 2012. The world’s largest sporting event is said to bring in over 10,000 athletes from over 183 qualified nations with the number expected to reach 200 by the opening ceremony. If you have visited London before, be prepared to experience a new face of the city that is the only city in the history of the Olympics to host the event three times. Hosting the Olympics means that most of the city’s sports and entertainment venues are ready to meet the influx of visitors from around the world. It is said that the lifeline of London is in its public houses where locals and visitors find good beer and better conversation. Romanticized for being the centre of the social scene in England, the pubs and bars around Olympic venues, allow for fans and visitors to gather round and raise a toast to their favourite teams and athletes.
Bayswater lies just north of a famous cultural and Olympic venue, Hyde Park. The area is primarily residential, so expect to see a lot of apartments for rent. Bayswater has a lot of local history and some fine bars and pubs – notable among them are The Cleveland Arms on Chilworth Street, The Chepstow and The Kings Head on Moscow Road. The Black Lion on Chilworth Street is another landmark where you can find the sports fans in jocular discussions about their favourite teams. The television usually plays football, but most bars and pubs in the area will show Olympic specials. If you’re in London for the Olympics, try finding an apartment for rent here.
Hyde Park is scheduled to host the 10 km marathon swimming and the triathlon event for the 2012 summer games. Apart from the Olympic events, Hyde Park is set to stage several international acts including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, R&B sensation Rihanna and Paul Simon. Get your tickets for the Celebration concert for the Olympics Opening. If you take a quick break from the events at the park, step into The Library Bar, Back Room Bar, The Grenadier of Wilton Row and The Talbot on Little Chester Street for a sampling of the local brew – whether your taste is for London Gold or King’s Head.
Earl’s Court is the home to some of the most famous pubs and bars in London and just the place for a leisurely stroll stopping at a bar or pub to stay in touch with the pulse of the city. If you are a visitor, expect nothing less than great hospitality the pubs here are known for. Then there’s the beer – The Kings Head has one of the city’s best loved golden brew and its faithful patrons. You may also visit Earl’s Court Tavern or Courtfield while you are in the area. Since the Olympic volleyball tournaments are set to be held here, spend the time away from the stadium visiting some of the historic public houses in the area.
London welcomes you with open arms this year, though the crowds may be more than usual, expect a melting pot of cultures and new friends made over a drink.
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