Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Olympics and De Beauvoir

After the Olympic Torch and the Hackney Carnival we hope you're all looking forward to the Olympics as much as we are.

This is just a short post to give you some information on what's going on in Hackney during the games, and also how you might be affected over the next two weeks!

What's happening?

If you don't have tickets to any events you can still get involved in a whole range of ways:

  • There will be a public big screen in Haggerston Park showing all olympic events - it will be open every day of the games, and all the details are here.
  • A number of events will take place on the streets of London and will therefore be open to all - these include the road cycling (28th / 29th July (this weekend!), the marathon, the triathlon and the cycling time trial. You can read more about these events here.
  • There are a range of arts and music events going on as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad - you can find out more about those on their website.
  • Hackney will have its own home for the games in Hackney House in Shoreditch which will showcase Hackney to the world. Many of its events - such the food event on August 4th - are open to the general public. For those that aren't, such as the Tech City event, please get in touch if you'd be interested in attending.
  • And finally, there are actually tickets still remaining both for the olympics and paralympics - and, particularly for the latter, you can still pick up reasonably priced tickets some real highlights including athletics, swimming and track cycling.

How else might I be affected?

As you'll undoubtedly already be aware, London will be more busy than usual during the Games.

Whilst the east of Hackney will obviously be more affected than the west, the London Overground to and from Stratford will be busy throughout the Games, so if you can use alternative routes its worth doing so.

If you are planning to travel within London over the next two weeks its worth checking your journey for potential delays - go to for more details.

Finally, we hope you enjoy the Games!

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