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Go for the Gold: A Guide to London’s Games

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The world will soon train itself on London, England as the city hosts the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Spectators from across the globe will travel to London see the world’s best athletes compete to win gold. In this 3-part Guide to London’s Games, we’ll address a few questions and welcome your feedback. Let’s go!

Can I Still Get Tickets?

According to a recent search at, tickets are still available for certain competitions, including some basketball, gymnastics and volleyball tournaments. There are still Olympic Games you can watch even without tickets. The Olympic marathon will run throughout the city of London passing the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. The men’s and women’s road cycling races will begin on the Mall in central London and head southwest through the city and out to Surrey for several circuits around Box Hill. 60,000 to 70,000 visitors a day will be flocking to Weymouth to watch sailing events from its shores.

The huge number of spectators, combined with the usual tourist mobs and people using the transport system, means that London will be significantly busier than normal. Heathrow Airport is bracing for the crunch with a temporary terminal dedicated for Olympic athletes. Approximately 80 percent of spectators are expected to be traveling via the Tube (by rail) which places an extraordinary demand on an already busy rail network, according to, the official Olympics site.

Sign up free travel alerts and warnings of Tube and Docklands Light Railway service delays at the Transport for London Web site, When traveling to the Olympic Games you can expect crowds to be everywhere. In addition to airports, buses, the Tube, hotels and restaurants, police stations and hospitals are also expected to be busier than ever.

Stay tuned…our next Guide installment addresses the question: Is London safe?

If you’re fortunate enough to be attending the 2012 Summer Olympics and are curious about your travel insurance options, please don’t hesitate to Ask An Advisor or call us at (800) 647-4589 to speak with a Client Advisor.