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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September.
This will be the third time London has hosted the games having also done so in 1908 and 1948. Discover more about the history of London Olympics (see below).

The 2012 Olympics will take place in a host of new venues as well as using existing and historic facilities. Many of the new facilities will be reused and the plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in east London. More Olympic venue information.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games is charged with running the games following the success of the bid and is chaired by Lord Coe. Construction of the venues and infrastructure is in the hands of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). See our Olympics Structure and Finance page for more details.

The London 2012 Olympic logo has created considerable controversy and the spiralling cost of the games is likely to be a ongoing problem.

History of the Olympics in London

A time-line of events leading up the London 2012 Olympic Games


Summer Olympics held in London

The Games of the IV Olympiad) were the third to be hosted outside of Athens and were scheduled to take place in Rome, but the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 7 April 1906 required the Italian Government to redirect funds away from the Olympics. The events took place between 27 April 1908 and 31 October 1908, with 22 nations participating in 110 events. The British team easily topped the unofficial medal count, finishing with three times as many medals as the second-place United States.


1944 Summer Olympics Cancelled

The Summer Olympics of 1944 were to be held in London having been awarded in 1939. However, they were cancelled due to World War II. In lieu of the Olympics, a small celebratory sporting competition was held in Lausanne, at IOC HQ.


The 1948 Summer Olympics

The 1948 Games were the first to be held after World War II, with the 1944 Summer Olympics having been cancelled due to the war. 59 nations (Germany and Japan had not been invited) competed in 136 events between 29 July 1948 and 14 August 1948. due to security reasons. British athletes finished 12th in the unofficial medal count with only 23 medals.


The UK Bids

In December 2000 a report from the British Olympic Association was shown to Government ministers. They had been working on the bid since 1997.


The London 2012 Olympic bid was announced as the winner of the bidding process on 6 July 2005.


2008 Summer Olympics

To be held in Beijing, China between August 8, 2008 and August 24, 2008. Concerns have been raised that many events will be compromised by problems with pollution and air quality.


2012 Summer Olympics

The Games will take place between 27 July 2012 and 12 August 2012.

2012 Summer Paralympic Games

The fourteenth Paralympics and will take place between 29 August 2012 and 9 September 2012 at the Summer Olympics venues in London.

Olympics 2012 Structure and Finance Links

How the Olympic Games in London are being managed financed


The British Olympic Association works with the Olympic Governing Bodies and selects the team from the best sportsmen and women in the UK for the the 28 summer and 7 winter Olympic sports. The BOA is depends on commercial sponsorship and fund raising income and is independent of the UK Government.



The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are the lead Government department for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, working closely with the Olympic organisations and other Government departments to deliver the 2012 Games, ensure that they leave a lasting legacy and create maximum benefits for London and the UK as a whole.



The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games is charged with running the games following the success of the bid and is chaired by Lord Coe.



The Olympic Delivery Authority is responsible for the construction of the venues and infrastructure to support the 2012 Games.


We will keep you up to date with all the developments of the London Olympics 2012
We have already recieved multiple bookings for private bespoke tours throughout 2012 so if you are visiting during that period then plan ahead and book well in advance Рyou have been warned!!  We can help with advance tour reservations, secure transport arrangements and all your travel needs.

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