How to Enjoy the Olympics without Buying a Ticket

Many of the tickets to the Olympic Games have long been sold out and trying to get your hands on the remaining few can prove impossible, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun alltogether. Here are a list of ways for you to still enjoy the Olympic Games this year without having to worry about buying a ticket.

BT London Live in Hyde Park

It’s not just tourists converging on London for the Games. BT London Live in Hyde Park will host international music acts from McFly to Tom Jones during July and August. Open all day, you can indulge your sweet tooth at Cadbury House or cheer on your favourite athletes on the big screens or maybe even meet them after their events! The Tube is staying open late during the Olympics, so there’s plenty of time for you to enjoy!

See the World

Want to experience a taste of foreign culture at the games? Want to spend more time with your favourite athletes? Head to one of the National Hospitality Houses. You can eat authentic food, cheer on your beloved team, or dance the night away with other fans!

See a World Record

In preparation for the Olympics, World Record London is setting a calendar of record-breaking tries. Guinness Book of World Records has already awarded London the world’s first Underground system, the largest archaeological archive, and the oldest continuously working film studio. What will be next?

London 2012 Festival

As part of the cultural celebration of the Games, the UK is putting on a festival of 12,000 performances and events across Great Britain. From London to Glasgow, Britain will be invaded with arts and culture. Whether you’re in to dance, music, theatre, fashion, food, art, or film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And most of the events are free!

Make a Movie

Always thought you could be an internationally-renowned filmmaker? Here’s your chance! Film Nation: Shorts is putting on film workshops for 14-25 year olds to help you create your own short film. The best films will be screened at Olympic venues during the Games!

The Tanks: Art in Action

Running through October, Art in Action is a spectacular programme of performances in the Tate Modern. You get the chance to see the world’s first live art gallery, which is dedicated to performance, film, and installation pieces.

See the Games (for free!)

Couldn’t get tickets for your favourite event? Too far away? Luckily, some of London’s best Olympic events are open to the public. You can view road cycling and the marathon throughout London as they pass in front of some of London’s most iconic landmarks. The triathlon and swimming marathon will both take place in Hyde Park for a dramatic setting to some of the Games’ most gruelling races!