London is a fascinating city to visit with many attractions to choose from. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, and London Bridge are but a few mentioned here. Fantastic shopping facilities, diverse restaurants, multicultural groups and a vibrant nightlife are just some of things the city is famous for. There is also many sporting occasions all year round, like cricket at Lords, football at Wembley, rugby at Twickenham and of course Wimbledon for tennis. The biggest sporting occasion recently was the London Summer Olympics of 2012. London was selected as the host city in 2005, beating Moscow, Madrid, Paris and New York City.
London is the only city in the world to have held the Olympics on three separate occasions, having done so in 1908 and 1948 and of course now in 2012. The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was held at the newly constructed Olympic Stadium on 27 July. At last year's Olympics there was an estimated 10,500 athletes participating from over 200 nations. A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square started a countdown on 11 March 2011. The cost of staging the games are separate from those of building venues. While the games are privately funded, the venues and parks are mostly financed by public money. To help fund the cost of staging the games the London Olympic Committee agreed partnership deals with various large companies.
London's public transport system made many improvements in readiness for the games, like improvements to London's railways on the East and Northern London lines, including the introduction of a Â?Â?Javelin high speed rail service using Hitachi's famous bullet trains. The Olympic Park was served by 10 separate railway lines carrying 240,000 passengers per hour. A cable car was also constructed over the River Thames to link the different sports venues. The cable car is capable of carrying 2,500 passengers an hour at a height of 50 meters. Coach and bus services also provided for the games with a nationwide network of express coaches to the Olympic park and around 900 coaches in total with some being sub contracted to, for example coachhire.com