The Games in the Royal Borough
Foreword When London was awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games in July 2005, summer 2012 seemed a very long way away. But now, after a huge planning and construction programme, the Games are almost upon us. We are sure they will be an amazing spectacle and that we will be served up a feast of gold medals, world records, triumph and some disappointment. The Royal Borough is proud to be taking an active part as a London 2012 Games host borough. The indoor volleyball runs for the entire Olympic period at Earls Court. On the first weekend of the Games, the men’s and women’s cycling road races will hurtle through the borough. Complementing the world’s biggest sporting show will be a huge number of artistic, entertainment and cultural events in London. As a borough we are putting on our own cultural and scientific celebration: ROAD SHOW. Taking place from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 5 August in the transformed and award-winning Exhibition Road, ROAD SHOW will be London’s most sophisticated street party with games, daily parades, scientific experiments and debates, music, acrobatics and much, much more. On Thursday 26 July, the Olympic torch relay will pass through some of the borough’s streets and will be greeted by a choral fanfare by Opera Holland Park, with a choir of 150 amateur and professional singers accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia. Of course, staging such a global event as the London 2012 Games will not come without disruption to travel and transport around the city. It will also mean there will be changes to our Council services. Whilst the majority of services will stay the same, we are going to have to change the way some of our key Council services are delivered in some parts of the borough during the Games. With all of these changes to day-to-day life in the borough, your Council has produced this handbook as an easy reference guide for residents and businesses to see what is happening, where it is happening and what the likely impacts will be.
A guide for Kensington and Chelsea residents and businesses about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.