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from 27 July to 12 August 2012.


We currently have an excess of hotel inventory for the London Summer Games (various 3-5 star hotels) in the heart of London during the Games. If you need assistance with hotel rooms, hospitality, etc. in London, please keep us in mind. We are offering per night room rates at the below hotels. ** All rates include breakfast. Most have a flexible 5 nights minimum; call for your dates or lesser nights…

3 Star Burns Best Western - $490/night, Located in the lovely Kensington area of London, the Burns is steps away from the Volleyball Competition Venue and Hyde Park

3 Star, Ibis Earls Court Hotel - $525/night. Located in the lovely Kensington area of London, the Ibis Earls Court is steps away from the Volleyball Competition Venue and Hyde Park.

3 Star, Ibis ExCel Hotel - $550/night. Enjoy a short walk to Canary Wharf and the ExCel Competition Center from the Ibis Excel. The hotel is also near Greenwich Park.

4 Star, Crowne Plaza Hotel - $565/night. Located steps away from the ExCel Competition Venue, the Crowne Plaza is also a short distance to the Summer Games Park.

4 Star, Rubens at the Palace - $670/night. Classic British in style, this hotel is situated directly across the street from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews. A fantastic Heart-of-London location.

4 Star, The Gore - $690/night. Steps away from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, this quintessentially British hotel is described by the media as the most photographed hotel in London.

3 Star, Holiday Inn Express, Stratford - $745/night. Steps away from Summer Games Park, this property is as close to the action as you can get. Ideal option for Athletics/Track and Field and Aquatics fans.

4 Star, Bermondsey Square Hotel - $785/night. This hotel is contemporary in style and is located in the very trendy Bermondsey district, featured as South London's coolest quarter in Vogue's annual Secret Address Book.

5 Star, Hotel 41 - $850 King room; $1,360 Junior Suite. Part of Red Carnation Hotels Luxury Collection, Hotel 41 is rated #1 out of nearly 1,100 London hotels on Unforgettable luxury and one-of-a-kind character go hand-in-hand at Hotel 41, which is situated opposite Buckingham Palace.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior: $2.000 per night* - Studio: $2.250 per night*
Breakfast Included

Ritz Carlton

Superior: $2.700 per night* - Exec Room: $3.200 per night* - Jr. Suite: $4.400 per night*
$100 GBP F&B Credit Each Day

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the W London

The W London - Leicester Sq.

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0 Miles away from city Center. - 683 pounds per night.

The Park Lane Hotel London

The Park Lane Hotel London

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0 Miles away from city Center. - 686 pounds per night.

Sheraton Park Tower London

Sheraton Park Tower London

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0 Miles away from city Center. - 826 pounds per night.

International 4Star Hotel London Heathrow Airport

International 4Star Hotel London Heathrow Airport

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15 Miles away from city Center. - 346 pounds per night.

American 3Star Gatwick Airport

American 3Star Gatwick Airport

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22 Miles away from city Center. - 231 pounds per night.

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London Hilton on Park Lane hotel

826 POUNDS per night*
KING + sofa bed
1 Mile from City Center

The Waldorf Hilton, London

686 POUNDS per night*
1 KING bed
0 Miles from City Center

The Trafalgar London

638 POUNDS per night*
KING + sofa bed
0 Mile from City Center

Hilton London Green Park hotel

569 POUNDS per night*
1 Deluxe Queen bed
0 Mile from City Center

Hilton London Heathrow Airport

441 POUNDS per night*
13 Miles from City Center

Hilton Cobham

346 POUNDS per night*
2 Single beds
15 Miles from City Center

*Means there might be a minimum 4 or 5 nights according to our set blocks. Call for your needs!

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LONDON SUMMER GAMES - 10 standard rooms at Ramada London at $585 USD per night from 27 July till 12 august 2012 (whole period)

Victoria Park Plaza**** corresponding to our booking periods:

L1: July 26-30, 2012 (4 nights) DBL/TW € 595
L2: July 30 - August 4, 2012 (5 nights) DBL/TW € 495
L3: August 4-9, 2012 (5 nights) DBL/TW € 515
L4: August 9-13, 2012 (4 nights) DBL/TW € 655
L5: July 26 - August 4, 2012 (9 nights) DBL/TW € 515
L6: August 4-13, 2012 (9 nights) DBL/TW € 555
L7: July 26 - August 13, 2012 (18 nights) DBL/TW € 495
L8: July 26 - August 9, 2012 (14 nights) DBL/TW € 495
L9: July 30 - August 13, 2012 (14 nights) DBL/TW € 515
L0: July 30 - August 9, 2012 (10 nights) DBL/TW € 495

All rates are per room/night incl. breakfast.

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We offer six (6) night and (9) night packages as well as a twelve (12) night track and field fan package. Below, please find our 2012 Summer Games package dates and prices:

Hotel stay (choose your hotel: 2 to 5 star options available)
Daily breakfast
Private airport transfer to/from hotel
Welcome Happy Hour with other Summer Games fans
Tours excursions to London Museum, Big Ben, London Bridge (sights subject to change) Tours Banquet dinner
Access to the Tours Hospitality Lounge
Access to special events (subject to availability) Tours ticket lanyard Tours welcome gift bag
Brooks Running London Welcome Bag *track fan package only
Meet and greet opportunities with athletes
Guide assistance during your stay

6 NIGHT / 7 DAY Flotrack Packages
July 26 - August 1 or August 1-7 or August 7-13

2 star hotel - $2,450 per person
3 star hotel - $3,450 per person
5 star hotel - $4,250 per person

9 NIGHT/ 10 DAY Flotrack Packages
July 26 - August 4 or August 4-13, 2012

2 star hotel - $3,450 per person
3 star hotel - $4,450 per person
5 star hotel - $5,850 per person

12 NIGHT / 13 DAY Track Fan Package
August 1-13, 2012 (includes daily in stadium seating)

4+ star hotel - $7,650 per person

* Package prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Airfare is not included. For travelers traveling alone (one person in a room) there will be a single supplement charge of 50%. There will be a custom package charge (anything different from our set packages) of 10%.

**To reserve your package, a $1000 partially refundable (until 11/31/2010) deposit per person reserves your package until your first payment on November 31, 2010, which is when 50% of your package total, is due. On March 31, 2011, 75% of your package total is due and on July 31, 2011, 100% of your package total is due.

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All rates are per room/night.
All rates are net (means no commission included).
Rates can vary due to currency fluctuation.
Requested minimum stay 18 nights (July 26-August 13, 2012).
Offer subject to availability, without guarantee.

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2012 London Summer Games

London, United Kingdom - 27 July to 12 August, 2010

Programs include the following:
Accommodations as selected in 3, 4, or 5 star Hotels
Daily breakfast
Airport meet and greet
Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
Oyster card
London sightseeing pass
London travel guide
On site management team
United Kingdom VAT tax

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Facts and information

The 2012Summer Summer Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Summer Games Gamesthree times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.
London was elected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117thIOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris after four rounds of voting. The successful bid was headed by former Summer Games champion Sebastian Coe.
The Summer Games prompted a redevelopment of many of the areas of London in which the games are to be held – particularly themed towards sustainability – while the budgetary considerations have generated some criticism.

Bidding Process

By the bid submission deadline of 15 July 2003, nine cities had submitted bids to host the 2012 Summer Games. These cities were Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris and Rio de Janeiro. On 18 May 2004, the International Summer Games Committee (IOC), as a result of a scored technical evaluation, reduced the number of cities to five: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, and Paris.
By 19 November 2004, all five candidate cities had submitted their candidate file to the International Summer Games Committee. The IOC inspection team visited the five candidate cities during February and March 2005. The Paris bid suffered two setbacks during the IOC inspection visit: a number of strikes and demonstrations coinciding with the visits and a report coming out that Guy Drut, one of the key members of the Paris bid team and IOC member, would face charges over alleged corrupt party political finances.
On 6 June 2005, the International Summer Games Committee released its evaluation reports for the five candidate cities. Although these reports did not contain any scores or rankings, the evaluation report for Paris was considered the most positive, now followed closely by London which had narrowed down most of the gap observed by the initial evaluation in 2004 regarding Paris. Also New York and Madrid obtained very positive evaluation reports. Throughout the process and up to the vote at the 117th IOC Session, Paris was widely seen as the favorite to win the nomination, particularly as this was its third bid in recent history. Originally London was seen lagging Paris by considerable margin; however, this started to improve with the appointment of Sebastian Coe as new head of London on 19 May 2004. In late August 2004, some reports started emerging predicting a London and Paris tie in the 2012 bid. In the final run-up to the 117th IOC Session, London and Paris appeared to be increasingly in a neck-and-neck race. On 1 July 2005, Jacques Rogge, when asked who the winner would be, told the assembled press: "I cannot predict it since I don't know how the IOC members will vote. But my gut feeling tells me that it will be very close. Perhaps it will come down to a difference of say ten votes, or maybe less".
On 6 July 2005, the final selection was announced at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore, where the 117th IOC Session was held. Here Prime Minister of the United KingdomTony Blair was the only leader of the five candidate cities' countries to make a personal lobby (he had also been the only one to attend the 2004 Summer Games). Moscow was the first city to be eliminated, followed by New York and Madrid. The final two cities left in contention were London and Paris. At the end of the fourth round of voting, London won the right to host the 2012 Games with 54 votes, defeating Paris's 50. Various French publications blamed the Paris loss on French President Jacques Chirac's statements before the vote that "We can't trust people [the British] who have such bad food. After Finland, it's the country with the worst food." Two current members of the International Summer Games Committee are from Finland. Several other news sources cited Bertrand Delanoë's complaint regarding Tony Blair's secret late night meetings with numerous (African) IOC representatives as having a more significant impact on final vote. When reporting London's win, British media covered the expectant crowds in both France and Britain (and in the other bid cities), and contrasted the jubilant reaction in London to the reaction of the crowd in Paris, where many had gathered in hope of a French win. However, the celebrations in London were overshadowed when London's transport system was attacked by terrorists less than 24 hours after the announcement.
In December 2005, it was alleged by Alex Gilady, a senior IOC official, that London had won the right to host the Summer Games only because of a voting error. A London spokesman dismissed this, saying "At the end of the day, it was a secret ballot. This is the opinion of one individual. The result is what matters and we are not going to be drawn into speculation."

Developments since the 2005 bid

The London Organizing Committee for the Summer Games was created to oversee the staging of the Games after the success of the bid, and held their first board meeting on 7 October 2005. The committee, chaired by Lord Coe, is in charge of implementing and staging the games, while the Summer Games Delivery Authority (ODA) is in charge of the construction of the venues and infrastructure.
The Government Summer Games Executive (GOE), a unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is the lead Government body for coordinating the London Summer Games. The GOE reports through the DCMS Permanent Secretary to the Minister for Sports and the Summer Games, Hugh Robertson. It focuses on oversight of the Games, cross-program program management and the London Summer Games Legacy before and after the Games that will benefit London and the UK.
Various aspects of the Games have developed since the time of the initial bid.

Venues and infrastructure

Wembley Stadium, the most expensive stadium ever built at the time, will be a venue for football. The O2 will be the venue for gymnastics and basketball.
The 2012 Summer Games and Paralympic Games will use a mixture of new venues, existing and historic facilities, and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade. In the wake of the problems that plagued the Millennium Dome, the organizers' intention is that there will be no white elephants after the Games and instead that a "2012 legacy" will be delivered. Some of the new facilities will be reused in their Summer Games form, while others, including the 80,000 seater main stadium, will be reduced in size and several will be relocated elsewhere in the UK. The plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford in east London which will be the site of the Summer Games Park, and of the neighboring Lower Lea Valley.
This has required the compulsory purchase of some business properties, which are being demolished to make way for Summer Games venues and infrastructure improvements. This has caused some controversy, with some of the affected proprietors claiming that the compensation offered is inadequate. In addition, concerns about the development's potential impact on the future of the century-old Manor Garden Allotments have inspired a community campaign, and the demolition of the Clays Lane housing estate was opposed by tenants.
The majority of venues have been divided into three zones within Greater London: the Summer Games Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone. In addition to these are those venues that, by necessity, are outside the boundaries of Greater London, such as the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the Isle of Portland in Dorset (which will host the sailing events, some 235 km southwest of the Summer Games Park) The Ricoh Arena in Coventry, some 170 km northwest of the Summer Games Park, will host footballing events along with other stadia across the UK..

Public Transport

London's public transport was an element of the bid which was scored poorly in the IOC's initial evaluation. Transport for London (TfL) are carrying out numerous improvements in preparation for 2012, including the expansion of the London Overground's East London Line, upgrades to the Docklands Light Railway and the North London Line, and the introduction of a new "Javelin" high-speed rail service, using the Hitachi Corporation's "bullet" trains. TfL also propose the construction of a £25m cable car across the River Thames to link 2012 Summer Games venues. It will cross the Thames river between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, carrying up to 2,500 passengers an hour 50 meters in the air. It is designed to cut journey times between the O2 arena and the ExCel exhibition centre - both of which are Summer Games locations. The privately-funded system could provide a crossing every 30 seconds. They also plan to have 80% of athletes travel less than 20 minutes to their event. This Park would be served by ten separate railway lines with a combined capacity of 240,000 passengers per hour. Park-and-ride plans are also among the many plans aimed at reducing road traffic levels during the games.
Concerns have been expressed at the logistics of spectators traveling to the events schedule for outside of London. In particular, the sailing events at Portland are in an area with no direct motorway connection, and with local roads that are heavily congested by existing tourist traffic in the summer. There is also only limited scope for extra services on the South Western Main Line beyond Southampton, without new infrastructure. The Summer Games' organizers say that having analyzed past Summer Games sailing events, they would expect fewer spectators than have attended recent events such as the Carnival and Tall Ships Race, this despite the United Kingdom being at the top of the sailing medal table at the previous three Summer Games.
In January 2010 the South East England regional transport board criticized plans published by the Summer Games Development Authority for not providing plans of a credible long term coach network saying "The ODA has been working on an extensive network of coach services... [but] the lack of reference to this work [in the plan] is both intriguing and at the same time concerning." On 15 February 2010, the ODA announced that FirstGroup was the preferred bidder for the provision of bus and coach services for the games. This will involve the provision of venue shuttle and park and ride services, services connecting peripheral park and ride sites on the M25 with the Summer Games Park and Ebbsfleet, and a nationwide network of express coaches to the Summer Games Park, and the Weymouth and Portland sailing venue. The services will require around 900 vehicles in total, although some will be sub-contracted.


The costs of mounting the Games are separate from those for building the venues and infrastructure, and redeveloping the land for the Summer Games Park. While the Games are privately funded, the venues and Park costs are met largely by public money.
On 15 March 2007 Tessa Jowell announced to the House of Commons a budget of £5.3 billion to cover building the venues and infrastructure for the Games, at the same time announcing the wider regeneration budget for the Lower Lea Valley budget at £1.7 billion.
On top of this, she announced various other costs including an overall additional contingency fund of £2.7 billion, security and policing costs of £600 million, VAT of £800 million and elite sport and Paralympic funding of nearly £400 million. According to these figures, the total for the Games and the regeneration of the East London area, is £9.345 billion. Then Mayor Ken Livingstone pledged the Games Organizing Committee would make a profit.
The costs for staging the Games (£2 billion) are funded from the private sector by a combination of sponsorship, merchandising, ticketing and broadcast rights. This budget is raised and managed by the London Organizing Committee. According to Games organizers, the funding for this budget broadly breaks down as:

63% from Central Government;
23% from National Lottery
13% from the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency

On 18 August 2007 The Belfast Telegraph reported that jubilation over winning the right to stage the Summer Games was becoming more muted as realization dawns on the public of the enormous costs involved in creating facilities for the athletes. Grassroot sport cuts will fund the Summer Games, government figures suggested on 19 August 2007. In November 2007, Edward Leigh MP, criticized the organizers for significantly under-estimating the cost of staging the games, suggesting they had either "acted in bad faith or were incompetent".
On 10 December 2007 Tessa Jowell announced confirmation of the budget announced earlier in 2007. In June 2007, the Ministerial Funders’ Group (established to manage the allocation of contingency to the ODA within the overall budget) met and agreed a first allocation of contingency to the ODA, being £360m out of the £500m of initial contingency announced in March, to enable the ODA to manage early cost pressures.
Following its second meeting on 26 November 2007, the Funders’ Group has now agreed a baseline budget and scope proposed by the ODA. The total budgeted base cost to be met by the public sector funding package remains at £6.090bn including tax and excluding general programme contingency as announced in March. This includes the allocation to the ODA of the remaining £140m from the initial £500m contingency announced in March. There have, however, been concerns over how the Summer Games are to be funded. In February 2008, a London Assembly culture and sport committee report expressed concerns over the funding of the games taking away money from London's sports and arts groups. There have also been complaints that funding towards the Summer Games has been to the detriment of funding other areas of the UK. In Wales, there has been criticism from Plaid Cymru about the games depriving Wales of money, by using UK-wide funding rather than English funding. The Wales on Sunday newspaper claimed former UK Prime MinisterTony Blair broke his promise to not use National Lottery funding for the Summer Games games.
As at December 2009, the Delivery Authority had allocated £702 million of Program and Funders’ contingency, largely to cover the decisions to publicly fund the Village and Media Centre after it became clear private funding could not be secured on acceptable terms during the 2008 to 2010 economic crisis. According to the Government Summer Games Executive and Summer Games Delivery Authority risk assessments the remaining £1,270 million contingency is sufficient to manage risks to the Delivery Authority’s program.
Also from May 2010, the Summer Games budget will be cut by £27 million as part of the £6.2 billion cuts by the new Conservative-Liberal coalition government.


To help fund the cost of the games the London Summer Games organizers have agreed partnership deals with major companies. "Tier One" partners already announced include adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF Energy, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Lloyds TSB."Tier Two" supporters already announced include Adecco, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook Group and UPS.


Organizers estimate that some 8.0 million tickets would be available for the Summer Games, and 1.5 million tickets for the Paralympic Games. Ticket sign-up was launched on 22 March 2010 and all tickets will go on sale to the public in spring 2011. To reduce traffic, ticket holders will be entitled to free use of London's public transportation network on the day of the event. It is estimated that 82% of available Summer Games tickets and 63% of Paralympic tickets will be sold. There will also be free events: for example, the marathon, triathlon and road cycling

Scheduling issues

Some representatives of Muslim countries have complained that the 2012 Summer Games will take place during the month of Ramadan, which in 2012 occurs from 20 July to 19 August. During Ramadan, Muslims are to fast from sunrise to sunset, which may put Muslim athletes at a disadvantage during the Games. Some Muslims have called for the Summer Games to be rescheduled outside this period.


There have been two London logos: one for the bidding process created by Kino Design and a second as the brand for the Games themselves. The latter, designed by Wolff Olins, was unveiled on 4 June 2007 and cost £400,000. This new logo is a representation of the number 2012, with the Summer Games Rings embedded within the zero. This will be the first time that the same essential logo is to be used for both the Summer Games and Paralympic games. The standard colors are green, magenta, orange and blue; however the logo has incorporated a variety of colors, including the Union Flag to promote the handover ceremony. The flexibility of the logo has also enabled sponsors to incorporate their corporate colors into a personalized version, such as Lloyds TSB, British Airways, and Adidas. London has stated that the new logo is aimed at reaching young people. Sebastian Coe stated that it builds upon everything that the organizing committee has said "about reaching out and engaging young people, which is where our challenge is over the next five years". One observer, a managing director of an advertising agency, noted that the logo bore a strong resemblance to the logo for the 1974-1982 children's television program Tiswas, commenting that appealing to young people is difficult, and that they will see right through attempts to patronize them.
Early public reaction to the logo, as measured by a poll on the BBC website, was largely negative: more than 80% of votes gave the logo the lowest possible rating. Several newspapers have run their own logo competitions, displaying alternative submissions from their readers. The Sun displayed a design by a macaque monkey. It was suggested that the logo resembles the cartoon character Lisa Simpson performing fellatio and others have complained that it looks like a distorted Swastika.
The Paralympics logo (far left) and the different official color combinations for the Wolff Olins main logo design. A segment of animated footage released at the same time as the logo was reported to trigger seizures in a small number of people with photosensitive epilepsy. The charity Epilepsy Action received telephone calls from people who had had seizures after watching the sequence on TV. In response, a short segment was removed from the London website. Ken Livingstone, then London Mayor, said that the company who designed the film should not be paid for what he called a "catastrophic mistake". A blogger at the BBC said that "London's new logo has got the country talking [although] not in the manner the organisers would have hoped". One employee at a design firm described it as "well thought out" and anticipated it would "become a source of pride for London and the Games."
In October 2008, it was reported that clothing branded with the logo accounted for 20% of sales at Adidas' flagship Oxford Street store, despite occupying just 5% of floor space.


Wenlock and Mandeville The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Games and Paralympic Games were unveiled on 19 May 2010; this marks the second time (after Vancouver) that both Summer Games and Paralympic mascots were unveiled at the same time. Wenlock and Mandeville are animations depicting two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton. They are named Wenlock, after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Summer Games, and Mandeville, after Stoke Mandeville, a village in Buckinghamshire where the Paralympic Games were first held. The writer Michael Morpurgo wrote the story concept to the mascots, and an animation was produced; it is intended that this will form part of an ongoing series concerning the mascots in the run-up to the Games in 2012.

Handover Ceremony

The handover ceremony marked the moment when the previous games in Beijing in 2008 handed over the Summer Games Flag to the new host city of London. Mayor of LondonBoris Johnson received the flag from Mayor of Beijing Guo Jinlong, on behalf of London. The handover ceremony featured the urban dance group ZooNation, the Royal Ballet and Candoco, a disabled dance group, all dressed as typical London commuters waiting for a bus by a zebra crossing. A double-decker bus drove around the stadium to music composed by Philip Sheppard eventually stopping and transforming into a privet hedge featuring famous London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, The Gherkin and the London Eye. Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis then performed the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love and David Beckham kicked a football into the crowd of athletes accompanied by violinist Elspeth Hanson and cellist Kwesi Edman. For the London Games, 'Take Up The Challenge' is the leading contender to be the music that will inspire a new generation of athletes. The anthem was composed by Rob Cremona, an Anglo-Maltese trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist from Woking in Surrey. Meanwhile, the handover has been celebrated in a UK-wide series of events. The BBC broadcast "The Visa London Party" on BBC One and Radio 2, the free concert on The Mall in central London had 40,000 tickets available. In nations and regions around the UK there were live screens that showed the activities from Beijing, the Closing Ceremony and then the concert itself. Local communities around the UK also hosted their own events.


The 2012 Summer Games program features 26 sports and a total of 38 disciplines. The 2012 Paralympic Games program has 20 sports and 21 disciplines. London's bid featured 28 sports, in line with other recent Summer Games, but the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the 2012 Games two days after it selected London as the host city. The IOC reinforced its decision to drop both sports during the Turin Games after they lost votes for reconsideration. They will remain Summer Games sports, despite being scheduled for the last time at Beijing in 2008. Following the decision to drop the two sports, the IOC held a vote on whether or not to replace them. The sports considered were karate, squash, golf, roller sports, and rugby sevens. Karate and squash were the two final nominees, but neither received enough votes to reach the required two-thirds majority. The IOC has given the approval for the addition of golf and rugby sevens for the 2016 games.
The International Summer Games Committee executive board met on 13 August 2009 and approved the addition of women's boxing to the program. The International Boxing Federation has proposed that 40 athletes compete in five different weight classes.
Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly, is pushing for a Twenty20 cricket showcase tournament to be included in London. Twenty20 cricket did originally bid for inclusion in 2012, but was not one of the finalist sports. Netball is being drafted as a possible demonstration sport at the 2012 games. This idea was backed by then British prime ministerGordon Brown, suggesting that it would encourage more girls and young women to play sports.[ The IOC eliminated demonstration sports following the 1992 Summer Games. However, special tournaments have been run for non-Summer Games sports during the games, such as the Wushu tournament at the 2008 Summer Games. There has been speculation that the London Sevens tournament held at Twickenham as part of the IRB Sevens World Series could be put back to coincide with the Summer Games.
Following the awarding of the 2012 Summer Games to London, the government announced that special dispensation would be granted to allow the various shooting events to go ahead, as had been the case previously for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. However, it was still illegal for Britain's top pistol shooters to train in England, Scotland or Wales. As a result, British shooters currently spend 20 to 30 days a year training in Switzerland, and receive no public sports funding because their events are considered illegal in the UK.


Continuing the IOC's commitment to providing over-the-air television coverage to as broad a worldwide audience as possible, London is scheduled to be broadcast by a number of regional broadcasters. The United States television rights currently owned by NBC account for over half the rights revenue for the IOC. Many television broadcasters granted rights to the games have bureaux and studios in London, but since at least the 1988 Summer Games Winter Games in Calgary, rights-holder operations are hosted in the dedicated International Broadcast Centre (IBC). London's IBC is planned to be inside the security cordon of the Summer Games Park.
As rights for the 2012 Games have been packaged with those for the 2010 Winter Summer Games, broadcasters will be largely identical for both events. Confirmed broadcasters include:

Template:Country data Asia: ESPN Star Sports (except for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Philippines)
Australia: Nine Network & Foxtel
Austria: ORF & Sky
Azerbaijan: İTV
Bolivia: Unitel
Brazil: Rede Record, Sportv & Terra Networks
Bulgaria: BNT 1
Canada: CTV, Rogers Sportsnet, V, TSN & RDS
Chile: TVN & Canal 13
China: China Central Television & China Radio
Denmark: DR & TV2
Egypt: NTN, Al Jazeera Sports, NILE Sports, AD Sports & SUDI Sports
Estonia: ETV
Europe: Eurosport
Finland: YLE
France: France Télévisions (competitions) & TF1 (ceremonies)
Germany & Austria: ARD, ZDF, ProSiebenSat.1, RTL & Sky
Greece: ERT
Iceland: RÚV
Ireland: RTÉ
Italy: SKY Italia & RAI
Jamaica:Television Jamaica, CVM Television, RJR 94 FM & Hitz 92 FM
Latvia: Latvijas Televīzija
Lithuania: Lietuvos televizija
Malaysia: Astro
Mexico: Televisa & TV Azteca
Netherlands: NOS
New Zealand: Prime Television New Zealand & SKY Network Television
Panama: TvMax Channel 9 & RPC Channel 4
Poland: TVP
Portugal: RTP
Philippines: Solar TV & Solar Sports
Romania: TVR
Serbia: RTS
Slovakia: STV & Radio Slovakia
Slovenia: RTVSLO
South Africa: SuperSport
South Korea: SBS, MBC & KBS
Spain: TVE
Sweden: SVT & Viasat
Turkey: TRT
United Kingdom: BBC
United States: NBC Universal, Telemundo, USA, CNBC, Bravo & MSNBC.

Social media will be important for the Games. Online technology is being developed for the London Summer Games and YouTube will stream highlights of the Games to countries all over the world as part of an IOC deal.

Summer Games Flag

The flag was raised outside City Hall on Friday, 26 September 2008 to celebrate the start of the cultural Olympiad. The flag will continue to fly outside City Hall until the day of the Summer Games opening ceremony. On the same day the Paralympic flag was raised outside City Hall.

Eco Policy

The Summer Games Park will incorporate 45 hectares of wildlife habitat, with a total of 525 bird boxes, and 150 bat boxes. Local waterways and riverbanks are to be enhanced as part of the process.

Short films and documentaries

The Geography Department at Royal Holloway, University of London produced "London's Summer Games Waterscape" (2010) a 20-minute documentary about the changing nature of the waterways around the main Summer Games site in East London.