Saturday, August 4, 2012

London during the Olympics

John at the controls
I got a short notice work trip to London last week - too short notice to get tickets to any Olympic venues. I did bring John along with me. It was his first time to travel with me on a work trip. It was also his first trip to London and we had a great time.

Despite there being many empty seats visible when watching events on TV, there were none available online on the several sources. Also, if you had found tickets available online, you could only pay with a VISA card (official sponsor). There was also a crackdown on ticket scalpers, who appeared early during the games outside various venues with both legit and bogus tickets. We decided not to spend our time tracking down tickets and, instead, play tourist for our two day visit.

Obligatory Tower Bridge photo!
On the first day, we went walking through the heart of London - Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Parliament, and took a tour of Westminster Abbey. On day two, we started with a tour of the Tower of London, then went to the Olympic Stadium, and finally back to he center of London for more walking.