2012 London Olympics: Where to Stay and Eat Near Key Venues

Aquatics Center, London 2012 Olympics
Aquatics Center, London 2012 Olympics  (London 2012)

If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games this summer, you’ll have plenty of options of where to stay and eat in London, one of the great cities of the world. Here is a guide to some of the key venues, and recommendations for where to stay and eat around them.

Venue
Olympic Park, a 1.5-square-mile stretch of land, will host a number of key events during the Olympic Games. Olympic Stadium, the aquatic center, the basketball arena, the water polo arena, and a number of other venues are set inside the park, which is located on a former industrial site in East London.

Where to Stay
Though a bit farther from the city center, London’s East End is a growing neighborhood with a number of attractive lodging and cuisine options. One of the most appealing spots is the RE London Shoreditch, opened in December 2010, set within walking distance of Olympic Park, and just a short tube ride from Canary Wharf and London’s Financial District. The RE is a four-star hotel with a popular restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel will have a minimum three-night restriction during the Olympic fortnight.

Where to Eat
The East End offers a diversity of food options. Fish House near Mile End is known for its fish and chips, a signature English dish. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, try Green Papaya (Vietnamese) or Tas Firin (Turkish), both of which are near Bethnal Green.


Venue
One of tennis’s most hallowed grounds, the All England Club—home to Wimbledon—will host the Olympics for the first time this summer. Located in the southern suburb of Wimbledon, this generally quiet neighborhood will be a center of attention during the games. 

Where to Stay
Patrons of the All England Club have the option of staying in the heart of the city or taking a break from the rush and staying closer to the tennis center. One recommended option is the Cannizaro House, located just west of the club. You’d never guess that this celebrated hotel is more than 300 years old. It’s the only four-star hotel in Wimbledon and has its own restaurant.

Where to Eat
Though some miles from the city center, Wimbledon has its fair share of good restaurants. Check out La Taverna for simple, tasty Italian fare. The Butcher and Grill is known for its steaks, while the Fox and Grapes is a classic English pub with a sizable menu of English standards.


Venue
Wembley Stadium is one of the most iconic soccer (or football, as it’s called across the pond) stadiums in the world. This summer, it will host the men’s and women’s soccer competitions, with 90,000 fans flooding its gates each game to catch the action.

Where to Stay
Wembley is in Northwest London, less than ten miles from the city center. Just as with Wimbledon, visitors have the option of staying in the city center and commuting, or staying closer to the arena. For visitors looking to stay nearby, Wembley Plaza is a good option. You’ll be a stone’s throw from the arena, but also a 15-minute tube trip to central London. The hotel, a Hilton property, has a gym, a pool, the stylish La Galleria Bar, and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Where to Eat
Wembley is home to a thriving immigrant community that makes the neighborhood a melting pot of culinary options. For Portuguese food, check out Nando’s. Mesopotamia is known for its Middle Eastern cuisine, and Karahi King and Mumbai Junction are both excellent options for Indian food.

Published: 25 Jun 2012 | Last Updated: 26 Jun 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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