Putting on an event the size of the Olympics is no small feat. So what exactly does it take to host the Olympics? A lot of workers, thousands of hotel rooms and more basketballs than you might have guessed!
Going to the Olympics? Check out some last-minute tips for visiting London during the Olympics for information on how you can prepare for security checks, navigate the transportation system and pay for things inside the venues.
If you need a break from the excitement of the Games, there are plenty of great day trips from London to escape the Olympic crowds and suggestions for how to spend two weeks in England, one week in England or just a few days in London and the surrounding area.
Find more tips, things to see and do, plus daily updates from the London 2012 Olympics on our Ultimate Guide to the London 2012 Olympics.