London Travel Tips for 2012 : Year of Celebrations and Delights

London is already in global news as a proud host to 2012 Olympics and Paralympics following the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The travel demand for the capital city is the highest ever. However, equally meticulous should be the planning too for those visiting London during this year.

Plan your trip with the following tips in mind to be a part of this year’s mega events in London.

Dates of the Events
The Queens Diamond Jubilee : 2nd June to 5th June 2012
Though the celebrations will take place throughout the year but the main events will be organised during these dates.

London Olympics : 27th July to 12th August 2012
Paralympics Games: 29th August to 9th September 2012

When should you book accommodation in London and how can you save, you may ask?

No time will be better than present to pin down your accommodation for London Olympics not even half a year ahead. Selecting an ideal London hotel may be a little tedious during these events, but there are several factors that can help you find an inexpensive deal for London stay. Guesthouses, bed and breakfast hotels and home-stays are some of the best options for those looking for a budget stay.

London will offer rooms in university halls, college halls and dorms for the visitors. Since these are shared accommodations, they can be easy on your pockets.

Visitors who would prefer to stay at hotels in London can book discounted options available online on numerous websites. Selecting an accommodation away from central London is an easy way to get reasonably priced rooms.

Saving on Attractions and Sightseeing
Though the city is full of activities falling heavy on the pockets of the visitors but the city brags its free events, attractions and sightseeing options at the same time. Without spending even a quid, you can have easy access of famous London museums, iconic landmarks and Changing of Guards ceremony. Another great-value option is the London Pass that grants entry to over 50 topmost attractions for the visitors. This will help you save around £500 on entry fees.

Tickets for Olympics 2012
Although official ticket sales are no longer open, visitors can still buy tickets for the games at Tomas Cook. They are offering “Games Break” that includes an accommodation at 4-star or 5-star hotels along with the ticket to one of the desired Olympic events. A limited amount of tickets will be available on sale in the coming spring.

For Those Without Tickets
If you are not able to catch hold of tickets to Olympics, you can be a part of the celebrations taking place as t he Olympic torch arrives from Greece to Britain in the month of May. Street parties, marathons, cycling events on street are free to watch. Big screens will be installed for the live coverage of the events.

Secure Tickets for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Though the events for this royal celebration will take place throughout the year, the key events can be relished by the visitors during early June. Many of these are free to watch like Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, service of Thanksgiving at ST. Paul’s Cathedral and a carriage procession including Queen Elizabeth II.

All the above tips are sure to make your trip worth cherishing for years to come.

Author’s Bio: Abhinav Jain writes for They offer stunning range of London hotels and help in booking rooms online.

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