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Olympics 2012

With glittering fireworks illuminating the skies at every opportunity and a buzz of excitement charging through the air, London promises to host one of the most spectacular Olympic games ever seen when the world’s finest athletes descend on the capital city this summer. It is estimated that a staggering 4 billion people worldwide will tune in to watch the fanfare of the opening ceremony, in anticipation of what could be London’s most important event to happen in this generation.

Free London 2012 Olympic events guide

Download our events guide, filled with BRITAIN magazine’s favourite free events to help you celebrate London 2012

London Olympic Image Mascots

10 fascinating facts about the Olympics

From a queen’s demand that forever changed the marathon, to the relocation of 2,000 east London newts

Olympic Stadium Countryside Danny Boyle Opening Ceremony

Olympic opening ceremony to have countryside theme

London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony is set to excite with a countryside theme including pretty picnics, rippling rivers, mesmerising meadows and real animals…

Olympic Torch relay: best moments so far

It is nearly two weeks since the Olympic Torch left Land’s End and it has already travelled in the hands of hundreds of truly inspirational people through some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery.

Flying the flame

Organisers of the London Olympic Games will receive the Olympic flame today at a ceremony in Athens, before bringing it home to Britain

Second chance to buy olympic tickets

Second chance to buy Olympic Games tickets

Applicants who were pipped to the post for Olympic tickets in the first ballot are being given a second chance to apply for tickets until 11pm on 17 May

Cities of the Modern Games Tower Bridge London 2012 Olympics

Olympic cities at Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is celebrating the London Olympics in style this summer with a round-the-world tour of the ‘Cities of the Modern Games’

London 2012 Olympic Torch Route

The street-by-street route of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay has been revealed, with a total of 8,000 torchbearers guiding the flame through its 70-day tour of the country

Fireworks on Big Ben for London 2012 Olympics

London 2012 Olympics: Picture Gallery

The best athletes in the world are set to descend on London from 27th July 2012 for this summer’s Olympic Games, with 205 countries expected to take part in 26 Olympic and 20 Paralympic sports.

The history of London’s Olympics

From unlikely origins in sleepy Shropshire, the history of the Olympic Games has been characterised by stories of triumph over adversity and a very British sense of fair play