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- Olympic Torch Relay
Approx. 11 minutes from Russell Square underground station to Knightsbridge underground station on the Piccadilly line for Hyde Park.
Lit in Greece, the torch will be arriving in the UK on 18th May 2012 before setting out a day later on a 70 day Olympic Torch Relay. The hands of 8000 truly inspirational Torch bearers will carry it across more than 1000 cities, towns and villages in the UK, bringing a share of the excitement of the Games to everyone!
As part of the celebrations, there will be a total of 61 free evening events happening along the course of the Olympic Torch relay, and Thursday 26th July - day 69, will see the borough of Westminster hold the spectacular finale! Head down to London's Hyde Park to take part in the spirit of the Games this summer. An outdoor concert will be taking place featuring live music from some of the UK's most exciting artists, on the evening before the opening ceremony.
The 70 day Torch Relay will end its amazing journey as the last Torchbearer lights the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium on the 27th July 2012, marking the official start of the Games. The Flame will then remain lit until it is put out at the Closing Ceremony on the 12th August 2012, signifying the end of the Games.
FREE - 26th July 2012
Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Nearest tube station: Knightsbridge / Marble Arch / Hyde Park Corner
British Museum: Olympic Medals
A display at the British Museum investigates the journey of the 4700 Olympic medals to be handed out in London this summer, from mining of the metal in th Unites States and Mongolia to the necks of the world's most elite athletes.
Glistening on show in the exhibition are four gold medals designed for the 2012 summer Games. These medals will be the largest and most valuable ever to be handed out. Weighing in at 400 grams and measuring 88 millimetres in diameter,
the first place medal is also the most expensive yet, but is only made up of 1.2 percent gold.
While the design on the front is dictated by tradition, the back however offers a blank canvas. Nike the Greek goddess of victory had adorned the medals since the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928. Designer David Watkins has brought the medals up to date with a mixture of Greek mythology and images of London, weaving the River Thames into the design.
FREE - 8th February - 9th September 2012
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Nearest tube station: Russell Square / Holborn / Tottenham Court Rd