Wednesday, 25 July 2012 2:43 PM
Are you more of a culture vulture than a sporty-type? There’s a huge amount of exhibitions, attractions and events happening across the capital throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the Games. From Olympic-themed photography exhibitions to pop-up venues to soak up the atmosphere, there is something for everyone!
Visit sporting heroes at Madame Tussauds
Get up close and personal with the likes of Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt at Madame Tussauds is London, which has revamped its interactive sports zone in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games. Visitors can recreate Usain Bolt’s iconic ‘lightning bolt’ pose and gaze up at Tom Daley, who is suspended four metres overhead mid dive. As well as Olympic heroes past and present, the area is home to a range of A-list sporting stars from tennis titan Rafael Nadal, to football supremo Ronaldo.
Relax in the pop-up member’s club The Fringe
If you want to escape the chaos of the Olympic Park in East London, head to The Fringe – a pop-up member’s club and live music space, created by Simon Thompson. Situated inside a four-storey Victorian warehouse, ‘The Fringe’ is 300 feet away from the Olympic Stadium and provides a space where friends can hang out in peace. Aiming to bring together the very best in hospitality, food and drink, live music and interior design, this one-of-a-kind venue will open the week before the Opening Ceremony and operate throughout the Olympic Games.
Witness the Road to 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery
The Road to 2012: Aiming High at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition celebrates athletes and those working behind the scenes to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen. Over a three-year period, photographers including Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein and Brian Griffin created special portraits of everyone from gymnast Beth Tweddle and her teammates to engineers.
Learn about the history of the Olympics at the Museum of London
London has actually hosted the Olympic Games on two other occasions apart from the much-anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games. The Museum of London is hosting an exhibition – London and the Olympics – which look back on the previous two events, held in 1908 and 1948, highlighting the experience for Londoners and international visitors alike. London and the Olympics is free and will be on display until September 2012.
Soak up the atmosphere in the Tower of London
If you don't have tickets to the games but want to sit back and enjoy the world's best sporting event in all of its glory, where better to soak up the atmosphere than in The Pavilion at The Tower of London? House of Nations has launched a pop-up space here allowing revellers to watch all the live action with a cocktail at one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
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