Olympics 2012


London's Impending Police State

Will Olympic security measures go too far?


London Mayor's Olympic Message to Tube Riders: 'There Is Going to Be Huge Pressure on the Transport Network'

Transit riders will get to hear the mayor's voice on their trips throughout the Olympics.


The Locations and Ranges of London's Olympic Missiles

The U.K. is planning to protect its upcoming Olympics with missiles. Here's where they're shooting from and how far they can fly.

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London's Insane Olympics Hotel Rates Now Less Insane

As the Games approach and reality sets in for hoteliers, procrastinating tourists are starting to be rewarded.

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Can the Olympics Bring Affordable Housing to London?

By 2031, this summer's Olympic site should be a dense checkerboard of housing and parkland.


Can Heathrow Handle the Olympics?

Lengthy waits at customs cause concern as Olympic-related traffic begins.


Should U.K. Residents Outside of London Resent the Olympics?

Organizers are trying to sell the Olympics as 'Britain’s games.' But England's non-Londoners aren't buying it.


London's Opening Ceremony Might Actually Be Good

Leaked news of the city's first Olympic moment include nods to England's musical influence and winks to its agrarian past.


The Pettiness of Olympic Branding

The micromanaged brand protection strategies of the International Olympic Committee are going down about as well as you’d expect with the home crowd in London.


How the Olympics Will Reflect London's Changing Food Scene

The Games will offer spectators a distinctly familiar roster of dishes, distinguished from what’s available at the average airport mainly by even higher prices.


Why London Wants Asian Tourists at the Olympics

Could publicity around the Games lure luxury shoppers into Burberry and Jaguar? Yes, according to a new poll.


The Fuzzy Future of London's Olympic Stadium

The city's search for a post-games stadium occupant has been disappointingly fruitless so far.


London's Brand Olympics

The Games have provided an unprecedented opportunity, not always welcome, for companies to attach their names to parts of the city.


London's Newest Export: The Poor?

The Olympics promised a fresh start for deprived East London. But they may end up forcing the poor out.


Are London's 2012 Logos the Worst in Olympic History?

The city is trying to showcase its quirky side. Instead, its Olympic symbols have become a laughing stock.


The Olympics and the U.K.'s Complicated Relationship With Its Rule Breakers

Organizers of the London games have taken unprecedented measures to stop "lone wolves" from wreaking havoc. But that hasn't stopped them from making them a central part of this summer's festivities.


What the Summer Games Will Cost the Queen

The London Olympics will be an equal-opportunity irritant for VIPs.


How the Games Are Boosting Britain's Arts Scene

A surprisingly eclectic cultural festival is set to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics.


The Delicate Politics of Olympic Security

Londoners may be watching their city’s security takeover anxiously, but they can't seem to turn away.