2012 Olympics to boost London's reputation as party capital

With exactly two years to go until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, excitement is growing in London as the city prepares to establish itself as the world’s party capital.

Judging by the Games’ jam-packed entertainment programme and the ever-increasing number of cutting edge party venues, London seems set for a four-week celebration that will raise the capital’s already glowing reputation even further.

According to the London Evening Standard, parties, concerts, events and spectacles will take place across the city throughout the Games. Visitors can expect spectacular light shows at famous landmarks, as well as live performances on the Thames.

Several more party sites are planned around the city, including a 40,000 capacity viewing venue in Hackney and a site for 6,000 people near City Hall. There will also be locations at Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank, and at Kings Cross near the Javelin train terminal.

The biggest celebrations, however, will take place at Hyde Park. London Evening Standard report that City Hall and the Royal Parks are currently negotiating a multi-screen venue in the park that will serve up to 60,000 people a day. Organisers have promised “big international and national names” to keep the crowds entertained.

As well creating event spaces for the Games themselves, the event is expected to encourage companies and individuals to host parties in London’s best party venues. What better way to celebrate the Games than with an Olympic-themed event?

London Mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe launched the official two-year countdown earlier today, and have told Britons to start planning for a unique celebration.

Coe told The Telegraph: “There are two years to go until the Olympic Games begin and we want everyone to start planning their once in a lifetime experience in 2012.”

“We are well on track – the venues are nearing completion and our plans are coming together,” he added.