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Premier League Football in London – November 2016

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One of the highlights in November is Arsenal taking on their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur on the 6th November. Both sides will be delighted with their start to the season with Spurs the only unbeaten side in the Premiere League.

West Ham’s move the Olympic stadium has been quite traumatic with crowd problems and a dramatic lack of form. They will be looking to win against Stoke and Tottenham to get back on track.

Chelsea play Everton before a London derby against Tottenham on the 26th November, Conte seems to have turned a corner with his side showing some form but can still be rather inconsistent.

Crystal Palace and Watford are both getting some decent results and will hope to keep up their recent form and move into the top half of the table.

Fixtures

Saturday 5th November 2016

West Ham V Stoke

Chelsea V Everton

 

Sunday 6th November 2016

Arsenal V Tottenham

 

Saturday 19th November 2016

Crystal Palace V Man City

Watford V Leicester

Tottenham V West Ham

 

Saturday 26th November 2016

Chelsea V Tottenham

 

Sunday 27th November 2016

Watford V Stoke

Arsenal V Bournemouth

Premier League Football in London – August 2016

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After the shocks of last season, many of the top London football clubs will be seeking mount a challenge for the Premiership trophy. Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea will allow the Blues to forget their recent problems but will the Italian be able the motivate the players that struggled last year? Arsenal’s second place finish last year was considered a failure by many and fans will look for Arsene Wenger’s side to be more consistent especially when under pressure. Tottenham’s fine season rather faded in the final few matches, however they have an exciting group of players and a manager who are admired by many.

West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium on the back of a very successful season, Slaven Bilic has bought together a talented team with some serious firepower. Crystal Palace and Watford flirted with the relegation area  last year and will hope to get off to a good start and look towards mid table safety.

August Fixtures

Saturday 13th August 2016
Crystal Palace V West Brom

Sunday 14th August 2016
Arsenal V Liverpool

Saturday 20th August 2016
Watford V Chelsea

Sunday 21st August 2016
West Ham V Bournemouth

Saturday 27th August 2016

Tottenham V Liverpool
Chelsea V Burnley
Crystal Palace  V Bournemouth
Watford V Arsenal

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Rugby World Cup 2015 : Argentina v South Africa at the Olympic Stadium – 30th October 2015

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This is the match that nobody wants to play to decide the third and fourth place in the competition. The heroic displays by both teams in the semi final will add to the disappointment of being so close to Rugby’s top prize.

After their embarrassing defeat to the Japanese in their first game, South Africa have gained momentum to challenge the best teams with their strong defence providing a solid base to their play.

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Argentina on the other hand have been the revelation of the tournament, their ability to play exciting free flowing rugby has surprised many who have been used to their often drab defensive displays.

Both teams will be keen to leave the competition on a high note and the clash at the Olympic Stadium will be a tough and physical encounter. South Africa will start favourites but Argentina have surprised many in the competition.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Rugby World Cup website here

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Rugby World Cup 2015 : France v Romania at the Olympic Stadium – 23rd September 2015

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The French will hope to score a few tries against one of the weaker sides in the group at the Olympic Stadium. The French have a great record in the tournament but have never picked up the trophy. In a tough group, points may be important so expect some free-flowing French rugby.

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The Romanians will be hard to break down but will not have the firepower to spring a surprise against the French, but making the most of their limited resources would see the score kept to  a respectable level.

If you would like further information about the Rugby World Cup and tickets, visit the Rugby World Cup website here

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Rugby World Cup 2015 : New Zealand v Namibia at the Olympic Stadium – 24th September 2015

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New Zealand will face little opposition against an outclassed Namibia at the Olympic Stadium, however it might be an opportunity to see some of the squad members. Head coach Steve Hansen may decide to take a look at some of the incredible strength of his squad.

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Namibia won the Africa qualifying section to claim the only guaranteed spot other than South Africa, however the weakness of the sport in Africa means Namibia will likely to be the whipping boys of Group C. Captain Jacques Burger who plays for Saracens is Namibia’s best player but is let down by his lesser talented team mates.

If you would like further information about the Rugby World Cup and tickets, visit the Rugby World Cup website here

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Review : RideLondon-Surrey 100 and RideLondon-Surrey Classic – 2nd August 2015

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After yesterday’s record  70,000 people enjoying the leisurely cycle through traffic-free streets in central London in the Freecycle and the drama of the Grand Prix which was won by Italy’s Barbara Guarischi. The second day of one of the world’s largest mass cycling events saw 25,000 riders undertaking a 100-mile course through London and Surrey in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 before the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, a professional race featuring some of the top riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

In contrast to the hurricane conditions of last year, the weather was warm with blue skies above. For the amateur race riders, the 100-mile event began at the Olympic stadium in Stratford, before the riders went out of London into the Surrey countryside to return later for the big finish on the Mall.

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The event is similar to the London Marathon offering a real test for the amateur cyclists who often ride for personal reasons or for charities, cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to take part and there is often a number of celebrities and sporting stars who take up the challenge. The race is known for the large crowds who congregate at various sections of the course to offer encouragement.

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The RideLondon-Surrey Classic for professional riders  started on the red carpet in Horse Guards Parade and provided  a smaller and more select field attracting some of the best riders and teams in the world. This year the race featured British cycling legends, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

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After a number of moves out in the Surrey countryside, racing down the Mall, it was Jean-Pierre Drucker from Luxembourg who  just managed to beat Dutch rider Mike Teunissen  in an exciting sprint finish to win the London-Surrey Classic. Ben Swift finished third to add to his second place finish last year and was the highest-placed Briton in the field.

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Photo: Thomas Lovelock for Prudential RideLondon

The race bought the end to another successful carnival of cycling which gets more popular each year, after last years weather problems, the event had a wonderful couple of days of sunshine which bought out huge crowds in the Festival zones and the streets. The recent success of British cyclists have built on the success of the 2012 Olympics to build a legacy of cycling that will hopefully inspire the champions of tomorrow, events such as Prudential RideLondon do a wonderful job of showing the competitive and fun aspects of the sport.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended  

If you would like further information about applying for next year’s events, visit the RideLondon website here.

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Review : ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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The distinctive 114.5 metre (376 feet) structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the striking sculpture and observation tower is considered to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.
The structure was created as a landmark to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond. The majority of the sculpture is made out of 2000 tonnes of steel provided by the steel company ArcelorMittal, the steel was fashioned into 600 pre-fabricated star-like nodes which were then assembled on site.
According to Kapoor, one of the influences on his design was the Tower of Babel and one of the intentions of the sculpture was that visitors will engage with the piece by using  the spiral walkway.

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit was visited by 130,000 visitors during the Games but then was closed and reopened in 2014, with the launch of the of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Situated between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the large red Orbit is one of iconic structures of the park and the sculpture’s box office, shop and café are situated near its base.

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Walking through entrance brings you to the base of the structure and you can clearly see how it consists of two major parts, Firstly the  main vertical tower which houses the elevators and stairs and supports the observation deck and secondly the  lattice of red steel tubes that surrounds the tower.

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In the observation tower, the Orbit has two indoor viewing platforms on two levels, with each level having the capacity for 150 people .  The top viewing platform offers a view of up to 20 miles on a clear day and unparalleled views  of the Park and especially the nearby Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre .

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Many of London’s iconic buildings: The Shard, BT Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater are easily recognisable , however visitors can use the I-view interactives using gigapixel technology to give information on the views. You can also learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To provide a bit of fun, visitors can enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.

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The second platform offers more of the same before the visitor is faced with the choice of going back down by the lift or to descend the 455 steps to the ground, being entertained by the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs.

A visit to the ArcelorMittal Orbit can be undertaken as part of a wider visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which although is still being developed is full of iconic structures from the 2012 Olympics. It is possible to swim in the Aquatic centre and ride in the Velodrome.  The  ArcelorMittal Orbit offers the unique experience of  travelling inside an unusual and striking piece of art and the viewing platforms give the visitor a different perspective of London. The attraction has plenty to keep visitors entertained and the walk down the stairway is quite an experience in itself.

Visiting London Guide Rating  – Recommended

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Tickets & Opening Times

Tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit are limited, it is advisable and cheaper to book in advance.

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily (last entry 3.30pm) until 31st March.  1st April – 30th September, 10am – 6pm daily (last entry 5.30pm)

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Ticket Prices

All full price tickets booked at walk up or advanced rate are eligible to be upgraded to an annual pass at no extra charge.

Walk Up Rate

Adult (17+ years)  £15

Child (3-16 years) £7

Family Ticket        £40

Concession *         £12 (student/60+/unwaged)
Advance Booking

Adult (17+ years) £11.95

Child (3-16 years)£5.95

Family Ticket  £32

Concession  £9.95 (student/60+/unwaged)

If you would like to find out more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit or buy tickets, visit the Orbit website here

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Barbarians v Samoa at the Olympic Stadium – August 29 2015

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Ahead of the World Cup 2015, The Barbarians will make history by playing the first rugby match to be played at the iconic Olympic Stadium against Samoa on Saturday, August 29.

The world famous invitation side have a number of high profile International matches throughout the year in celebration of their 125th anniversary, including matches against Ireland at Thomond Park in Limerick (May 28), and at Twickenham Stadium against England (May 31) and Argentina (November 21).

The match will be an important test with the venue hosting five Rugby World Cup matches, including the Bronze Final, later this year.

The Barbarians will field a high-quality side of international stars against Samoa, who are will be preparing for Pool B matches against South Africa, Scotland, the USA and Japan.

Samoa will opening their Rugby World Cup campaign against the USA at Brighton Community Stadium on September 20.

If  you are interested in the match , buy tickets at the Ticketmaster website here

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