This will be the third time London has hosted the games

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.

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.
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From luxury hotels to budget beds, London has accommodation options to suit every taste.
With more than 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from, every visitor to London will be able to find a warm welcome during the Games.
Most hotels are concentrated in the heart of the West End, making it easy to explore London's shops, restaurants and theatres on foot.
Excellent transport links will make it easy for visitors staying in central London to get to London 2012 venues.
The Javelin® service will make the journey from King's Cross/St Pancras to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes.
Halls of residence and other student accommodation will provide a further 30,000 beds, offering a comfortable and affordable alternative for visitors on a budget.
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Getting to the Games

In the summer of 2012, London and the UK will host the world’s largest sporting events: the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Millions of spectators will be travelling to and from events in London and elsewhere in the UK.
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London 2012 wants to make it as easy as possible for you to get to the Games. Our aim is for 100 per cent of spectators to get to the Games using public transport or by walking or cycling.

Billions of pounds have been invested to increase the capacity and accessibility of the transport network, particularly in London. There will be additional services on trains and tubes and they will run later. You will be able to book your travel up to a year in advance and Games event ticket holders will receive a Games Travelcard for travel to venues within and near London. There will be park-and-ride sites for many venues and a 2012 Games coach service from across Great Britain to the Olympic Park, ExCeL, Greenwich Park (30 July only) and Weymouth and Portland.

However, it will still be busy and take longer than normal to travel to, from and between venues. You will need to travel earlier and be prepared for queues, particularly into and out of venues and the recommended stations for venues.

Eurolines UK and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle sign deal to carry visitors to London for 2012 Olympics

Leading coach company, Eurolines UK and market leading cross-Channel operator, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, have signed a deal to carry sports fans travelling from across Europe to London for the 2012 Games.
With just over a year to go before the country hosts the world's greatest sporting event, Eurolines UK and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle expect to carry an additional 18,000 European visitors to London next summer.
The vast majority of passengers are expected to travel from Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels and tickets will be available to purchase from 15 July.
During the peak sporting period special timetables will operate from these key cities and also direct from major European airports.
The international scheduled coach operator, part of National Express, will meet demand from Continental customers by using the fastest cross-Channel coach service, from Coquelles to Folkestone.
John Gilbert, Managing Director of Eurolines UK, said:
"Our network connects over 600 destinations across Europe and we'll play a key role in helping people from across the Continent visit the UK next summer.
"We are committed to providing passengers with an affordable, convenient and easily accessible service to key points in the heart of London.
"By linking with Eurotunnel we are able to increase our normal timetable to provide additional services for customers when they need them most."
Eurolines is comprised of 32 independent coach companies who, between them, operate Europe's largest scheduled coach network carrying over 4 million passengers per annum.
Jo Willacy, Commercial Director of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, said:
"This contract with Eurolines UK means that European visitors will benefit from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's unbeatable 35 minute crossing time through the Channel Tunnel, with up to four departures an hour at peak times.
"Thanks to its flexibility, Eurotunnel is able to adapt its capacity to meet the demand of major events whether they be sporting attractions, royal occasions, national or international events."
The link is also good news for the environment. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the most environmentally friendly cross-Channel operator, with a host of awards to its name, while travelling by coach is officially the 'greenest' form of public transport.
Eurolines is a member of The Climate Group's 'We're In This Together' campaign and also attended the Copenhagen Summit to champion the role of public transport in Europe.