Visit London Blog » sainsburys anniversary games Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Olympic Games: One Year On Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:11:24 +0000

Last year the Olympic Games propelled London into the spotlight. It brought Britain and the rest of the world together, uniting us in a summer of hope and glory. The legacy was to “Inspire a Generation” and the spirit that went with the event did not end with the closing ceremony.

This summer has already seen a run of British sporting triumphs: Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon win, Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory, the Ashes cricket success, the British Lions rugby triumph and golfer Justin Rose’s US Open win, which along with the birth of a royal baby and the longest heatwave in seven years, means spirits remain as high as they were last year.

This weekend is the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, so find out what is happening in the venues one year on:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Olympic Park, built as a sporting complex for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was temporarily closed to the public after the Games but has now been transformed into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, providing London with a new space for major sporting events, music festivals and more.

Last weekend the park was used for the National Lottery Anniversary Run, the first sporting event since the conclusion of London 2012. This weekend it will host the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, three days of world-class athletics on the anniversary of the Opening Ceremony. The games will see the return of many Olympic champions, with Sunday being dedicated to the Paralympic champions. Alongside this is the Open East Festival, a weekend celebrating the first anniversary of the Olympic Games and the reopening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here, along with entertainment, family activities, art and food, you can watch the Anniversary Games live on screen.

The park has already hosted huge music festivals this summer including Hard Rock Calling, Wireless and Electric Daisy Carnival. Other events still to come in the Olympic Park include:

  • Ride London – On the first weekend in August, professional and amateur cyclists will gather in London for a brand new, world-class festival of cycling
  • Lollibop – Three-day children’s festival with sports, activities, performances, workshops and celebrity entertainers from 16 to 18 Aug
  • National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival takes place on 7 Sep. This free event celebrates disability sport and arts a year on from the end of the Paralympic Games
  • The park will be used for a range of huge sporting events – including boxing, hockey and basketball

Other Olympic Venues

Wimbledon Following on from his gold win at the Olympic Games, there was national pride for Andy Murray again this year as he became the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years. Visit the site where history was made at the Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour of the grounds.

Horse Guards Parade Usually used for royal parades and ceremonies, during the Olympic Games Horse Guards Parade was transformed into a temporary arena for beach volleyball. At this historic site you can see Changing the Guard most mornings.

Wembley Stadium The stadium was used for football matches during the Olympic Games and continues to be used for high profile matches including, in August: the FA Community Shield, England v Scotland and the Challenge Cup Final. Take a tour of this famous stadium and walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s top footballers; go behind the scenes in the changing rooms, then walk through the players’ tunnel.

Wembley and The O2 Arena One of the sports taking place in the arenas last year was gymnastics and this year you can see breath-taking acrobatics of a different kind at Cirque du Soleil.

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What’s On This Weekend. 26-28 July 2013 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:11:47 +0000

Remember this time last year when London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games? Well, the city is no less spectacular one year later – read on to find out why.

Open East Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Marking the one-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games, this festival of street food, local brewing, international music, theatre and family fun is sure to get you back in the party spirit. Foodies can not only browse stands from local food producers and watch top chefs demonstrate their skills in the Real Food Chef Theatre, but also enjoy a locally brewed beer at the Ten Mile Beer Festival, which features ales from Battersea, Hackney and Greenwich. Meanwhile the music stages will feature a huge range of international acts, while leading artists, circus performers, BMX riders and theatrical performers will astound audiences with performances all over the park. Don’t miss Sacrilege, the life-sized bouncy castle version of Stonehenge by Jeremy Deller! Tickets are £9.50 for adults. 27-28 Jul

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park

Celebrate the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games with three days of world-class althletics. The first two days will see Olympic champions, including Usain Bolt, return to the stadium for the British Athletics Grand Prix, while Sunday is reserved for 2012′s Paralympic stars. Tickets start from £43. 26-28 Jul

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

What better year to visit the iconic Buckingham Palace than 2013, the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation? You’ll see The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition, as well as priceless historic items from the Royal Collection, including clothing, jewellery, art, sculpture and furniture. Tickets are £19 for adults. Until 29 Sep

The New Fourth Plinth Sculpture, Trafalgar Square

Unveiled this Thursday, the Hahn / Cock sculpture by artist Katharina Fritsch will be an unmistakeable addition to Trafalgar Square. The renowned German artist’s 15ft high blue chicken will replace the current sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse, which has been in place on the fourth plinth for a year. Commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the UK’s most high profile contemporary art prize, the sculpture will remain in place for 18 months – check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

Grey Goose Edible Art Class

From lickable life drawing to edible painting-by-numbers, this expert class will guide you through an introduction to art and edible expression using all the senses. Master the art of chocolate model-making or try your hand at edible life drawing, and indulge your creative side in a night of sensory fun with specially created Grey Goose cocktails. Visit the website for ticket prices and more details. 27 Jul

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London Video of the Week: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 50 Days to Go Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:23:34 +0000

To mark 50 days until the one-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July, the London Legacy Development Corporation has released this time-lapse video of work going on behind the scenes at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The north section of the park will reopen to the public this summer, with a variety of music and sports events, including the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. The park will offer world-class sporting facilities, parklands and more. Find out more at

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