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Walking Tour of 2012 Olympic Sites

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by Connor Whelan (subscribe)
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The Olympic Stadium
You won't quite have this view, but it won't be a bad one (Photo from Wikipedia)

Unless you have been living under a very soundproof rock for the last few years, you should be more than aware that the Olympics are taking place in London this year. For something that has its origins in Ancient Greece, the Olympics is always evolving and changing and London is the perfect city to show this. Ever since it was announced that London would be hosting the Games back in 2005, the city has been preparing, building and creating so that this will be one of the most memorable Olympic Games ever.

If you have been caught up in all of the excitement surrounding the Olympics then here is the perfect opportunity to take in the views and sights associated with the games through one of life's simple pleasures; a walk.

This is a guided tour down the Lower River Lee Valley showcasing spectacular views of the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic and Paralympic village, the aquatic center and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Each tour is conducted by a knowledgeable tour-guide who will talk you through just how the bid for the games was won, the Olympic construction project which has turned a disused area of East London into one of Europe's biggest urban parks, and about the legacy that will be left after the games, a fact which played such a key part in winning the bid in the first place. The guides will also be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have about the games.

The walk is suitable for almost all ages and abilities as it takes place over flat ground. You will be guided round the sites for just shy of two hours, so there is plenty of time to take everything in. This is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon with the tours leaving at 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from outside West Ham tube station.

For the chance to take part in a piece of sporting history the prices for the tour are very reasonable; for adults it is 15.00 and for children up to the age of 16 its 12.50.

To sum up, if you are an avid sports fan or even if you can't stand it, you are not going to be able to escape the Olympics this summer. It will be on your TV at some point. Wouldn't you like to be the one to come out with the interesting fact about the stadium? "So, does everyone know that there are 400 tonnes of steel in the stadium..." After all, everyone like to think they are the cleverest, don't they?
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Why? It's a once in a lifetime chance to see the Olympics in London
When: Until December
Phone: 08701 566 366
Where: The East end of London
Cost: 12.50-15
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