The Queen's 60th Anniversary, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 50th Anniversary
of the Beatles Make London More Thrilling than Ever
San Francisco, Calif.
(May 15, 2012) - The Olympic games may grab all the headlines, but London's calendar is brimming with many exciting events this summer. The team at Viator.com
- the leading resource for researching and booking more than 9,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries - has compiled a list of places, attractions, events and experiences sure to please travelers of all ages, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the 50th
anniversary of The Beatles' breakthrough and, of course, the summer games.
Celebrate the Queen's 60-Year Reign
Kick off the summer with the Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to a parade in her honor, beautiful displays in store windows and afternoon teas at hotels and restaurants, travelers can celebrate the Jubilee during the first weekend in June - or any time of the year - with Viator's Private Tour: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Traditional Black Cab Tour of London
. Highlights include Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey as well as the shops that supply the goods to the royal household. Another special experience offered by popular Viator private guide Gavin Webb is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee London Tour
with full or half day options. The Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London
offers travelers the ability to jump the queue at these popular attractions and maximize time spent exploring the stories and intrigues of each site. On the Small-Group Windsor Castle Bike Tour
, travelers can enjoy a gentle, guided bike tour to the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, which the Queen uses today as both a private home and a Royal residence.
Avoid Crowds of Olympic Proportions
With the London 2012 Summer Games less than three months away, thousands of athletes and sports fans already have plans to flood the British capital. Travelers can avoid the crowded buses and Tubes and ride like an Olympian during Viator's Bike Tour of Olympic Park and East London
, including visits to Olympic Park and famous London sights such as the Tate Art Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe Theater or the Royal London Bike Tour
which visits Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and St. James' Park among other sites. Trade two wheels for four hooves and ride like Princess Anne did in the Olympics in 1976 while Horse Riding in Hyde Park
. A high jump of epic proportions, a turn in a London Eye Private Capsule
lets travelers drink in all of the major sites with London essentially all to themselves for 30 minutes.
Relive the Swinging Sixties
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released their first single - and the rest is history. Viator's Beatles Evening Tour of Central London
traces the years from 1962 to 1970, when Beatlemania was at its peak, with visits to more than 35 Beatles-related landmarks including iconic Abbey Road, the legendary Apple Studio, Paul McCartney's house and more. The Private Tour: Chauffeur-Driven Beatles Tour of London
visits sights and landmarks made famous by the Fab Four, and the Beatles London Walk
, led by an expert guide, immerses participants in British rock history with visits to the city's most famous Beatles-related sites and anecdotes on what inspired John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
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