Published 04/08/2016, by Pinar
Celebrate Rio 2016 in London
Can you believe it has been four years since London hosted the world's greatest sporting event?
With its beautiful and bizarre opening ceremony, Thomas Heatherwick’s amazingly engineered flaming cauldron and Team GB’s haul of 65 medals, the 2012 Games gave London a summer it will never forget.
Athletes such as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins and Ellie Simmonds became household names and stole the nation’s hearts. Even the weather was good!
And now it’s Brazil’s turn. But if you’re not going to Rio, there are plenty of ways to get into the Olympic spirit right here in London.
Party like you’re in Rio
The Olympics opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium on 5 August promises to be the ultimate Rio carnival. Three billion people are expected to watch it on TV but if you want some real-life carnival action then head to Guanabara in London’s West End.
Every night is carnival night at this Brazilian club. Live musicians and DJs play bossa nova, samba and Latin dance music while Brazilian Samba dancers and Capoeira experts take to the floor in a night that re-creates all the noise, colour and spirit of a Brazilian carnival. The perfect place to party.
Catch an outdoor screening
There are plenty of public spaces in London to pull up a deckchair, grab a beer and watch all the Olympic action on an outdoor screen in the company of your fellow sports fans.
For a taste of the Copacabana with the spirit of London 2012, head to Beach East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It is one of the official Team GB FanZones and will show live coverage of the events. There will also be sand, a paddling area, food, DJs, bars, funfair rides plus the chance to take part in some of the sports Team GB is competing in. If you can be bothered to get out of that deckchair, that is.
There’s another official Team GB FanZone and outdoor screen at The Scoop in London Bridge when live coverage will be shown at selected times from 6 to 21 August.
The Games will also be shown at outdoor screens at Pop Fields in Brixton, St Katharine’s Dock, Box Park in Shoreditch, Exchange Square in Broadgate and Summer Screen at Canary Wharf
Cycle at an Olympic venue
Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was home to the velodrome during London 2012. Now it offers four cycling disciplines including miles of mountain bike trails. If you want to have a go, we’ve got 2FOR1 on Pay and Ride mountain bike sessions (bike hire included with this offer). The trails are graded like ski runs so they are perfect for all abilities. Offer is subject to availability and height restrictions apply. Children aged 5 – 11 must be accompanied by at least one adult to every two children. A parental/guardian consent form must be signed for children under the age of 16.