(1) “Is this the correct place to find out about the London Olympics?”
We’re happy to help, but also look at the dedicated Olympics forum: tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g1-i13530-Olympi…
For non-related questions about London in general, look at the “London Forum: FAQ: frequently asked questions” thread at the top of the main page: http://tinyurl.com/4sgz5od
(2) “English is not my first language – can I still get advice?”
There are several other Trip Advisor forums for non-English speakers.
For example, here’s the Spanish speakers London forum: tripadvisor.es/ShowForum-g186338-i17-London_…
And the Italian speakers London forum: tripadvisor.it/ShowForum-g186338-i17-London_…
London is the largest multi-cultural city in which the Olympic Games has ever been held, and you’ll find your compatriots in London wherever you may be from. They’ll be happy to give you face to face advice.
(3) “I saw the CBS news broadcast from London yesterday, where someone described it as a paramilitary games and that the transport system was collapsing under the strain, how badly should I be worried or scared?”
Relax, it’s all going to be fine. Just allow for delays and enjoy the experience. In fact, statistically you are much more likely to have a fatal accident in a shower than on a street in London, so just keep calm and carry on.
(4) “Gosh, I hadn’t realised that British showers were so dangerous, should I just take baths?”
Look, forget about the showers, OK? That was simply a figure of speech. The important thing to understand is that London is an extremely safe city.
(5) “You’re quite rude. May I talk to someone else, please?”
Sorry, perhaps it’s because of the current heatwave in London. To ask a question, click on the “Ask a question” button at the top of the list of topics. Or you can click on someone’s name and then send them a personal message. Best of all, use the search box to see if your question has already been asked.
(6) “What’s the weather like at present?”
For the next week (until 1 August) it’s forecast to be mainly dry, warm and sunny with an occasional rainshower. For information later than that, go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743
(7) “Is there accommodation still available in London?”
Apparently, some hotels have been lowering their prices because they haven’t sold out, so you could contact them directly or look at a website such as: http://www.laterooms.com/
The London FAQs thread has lots of information about this: http://tinyurl.com/4sgz5od
(8) “Can I still buy tickets to Olympic events?”
Some are still being sold each day, but many nationalities have to buy them through their own national organisations even if you are in London? Start by looking here:
(9) “Are there any Olympic events that I can see without buying tickets?”
Yes! There are the men’s and women’s cycle road races, and the men’s and women’s marathons. The first of these is the men’s road race on this Saturday 28 July with the British cyclist Mark Cavendish as one of the favourites.
(10) “Are there any big screens in London to watch the Opening Ceremony or the Games?"
The three most central are in Hyde Park: london2012.com/join-in/…
In Victoria Park very near to the Olympic Stadium: london2012.com/join-in/…
And just south of Tower Bridge: london2012.com/join-in/…
There will also be special events in Trafalgar Square throughout the Olympics
(11) “I hate sport, I don’t know why I’m actually here. Is there anything else to do in London?”
Time Out magazine is the best for listing lots of things to do each day in the capital. The London Evening Standard daily newspaper is free and is also a must read for Londoners. There is also the “Cultural Olympiad” which is running at the same time as the Sporting Olympiad.
(12) “Where are the tourist offices, what is an Oyster card, where can I get cut-price theatre tickets, how much should I tip, can you recommend a really good place for afternoon tea?”
Have we mentioned the London FAQs? http://tinyurl.com/4sgz5odEdited: 7:06 pm, July 25, 2012