Ways to avoid the Olympics in London this summer

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We’ve come up with a list of fun alternatives to the Games this summer

We’re pretty excited about the Olympics, but we understand why some people aren’t. We appreciate not everyone enjoys watching sport, how frustrating overcrowding can be and how hype gets pretty distasteful after a while.

Avoiding the Olympics could be as simple as staying in with the television and internet turned off and NOT buying those Cadbury Wenlock and Mandeville chocolates. But who’d want to do that? So we’ve come up with a list of fun alternatives to the Games this summer.

Fly away
If you believe the surveys, Brits will be fleeing their homeland in their droves during the three Olympic weeks between July 27 and August 12.

There are still plenty of bargain flights to be picked up for destinations around Europe and the rest of the world this summer. Sure, London is Britain’s transport hubs, but there are a whole host of alternative airports enabling you to bypass the capital and the inevitable clogging of its transport systems.

Discover the Great British Outdoors
Admittedly, the British weather is living up to its bad reputation this year, but don’t let that keep you prisoner indoors. A day out exploring Britain’s rich history or natural beauty at one of English Heritage’s or the National Trust’s protected spots could be a great way to avoid the Olympic madness.

You could also let loose at one of the UK’s well-known music and performance arts festivals, such as Womad.

Or, check out some of the quirky events that you could only find on British shores. We’re talking Swan Upping on the Thames and Bog Snorkelling in Wales. These unique events could inspire you to compete at the World Alternative Games held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

London 2012 Festival
Avoiding London during the Games just isn’t going to be an option for a few million people. Those willing to put in a little research and brave the crowds can choose from a veritable feast of cultural events this summer. The London Festival is inspired by the Olympics yes, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the many concerts, art installations, museum exhibitions, theatre performances and events that defy conventional categorisation scheduled to take place in and around the capital.

Read all our Olympic Games coverage:

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Olympic mascots through the years [pictures]

Where to watch the Olympics if you don’t have a ticket

Getting around the Games

Arrive at the Games, Olympian style

Scale an Olympic venue – the O2 Arena

London’s new cable car – the Emirates Air Line

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Ways to avoid the Olympics in London this summer was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.