2012 London Olympics
2012 London Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics is only a month away and the city is gearing up to be the perfect host. As part of the preparations, iconic landmarks in and around London are transforming themselves to reflect not only the history and tradition of British culture but also that of the Olympics.

The latest to join the bandwagon is the Tower Bridge, which is hosting an exhibition that will revisit the glories of other cities to have hosted the Olympics in the past. The event - "Cities of the Modern Games" - is set to be a fascinating display of photographs.

According to the press release on a travel Web site, the photographs on display will include views of the Champs-Elysées in Paris and Red Square in Moscow (both by night), the Sydney Opera House from the air and the imposing sight of Mount Fuji near Tokyo. In short, the exhibition features 26 large-scale full-colour images of all past host cities of the Modern Olympic Games, from Athens in 1896 to Beijing in 1996. The cityscapes of Athens, Paris, St. Louis, London, Stockholm, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing will be showcased.

The exhibition will be language-friendly as it will provide information in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and other languages. There are also several fun facts and pieces of trivia about the Olympics and its venues that you may not have known.

The "Cities of the Modern Games" exhibition will be open from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm, from 2 May to 30 September. Tickets for the Tower Bridge are £8 for adults and £3.40 for children aged between five and 15; children under the age of five are allowed in free, according to Ideal Short Breaks.

The "Cities of Modern Games" exhibition will replace the "London in Black & White" exhibition that was at the Tower Bridge.