At London’s Chap Olympiad, contestants master events like the cucumber sandwich discus and the gin 'n' tonic relay. The use of a butler is strictly prohibited.
The city’s Unseen Tours, led by trained guides who are or have been homeless, show visitors a grittier side of some of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods.
Two tours highlight the structures built to host the 2012 Games and explore the city’s industrial past.
If you are still looking for a place to crash during the Olympic Games, an old water tower, a converted church and a two-storey houseboat all have rooms for rent.
The Poetry Parnassus, part of the Southbank Centre's Festival of the World, is aiming to become the biggest poetry festival ever held in the UK.
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