The year 2012 will be an extraordinary year for Britons.

But it will also be an unforgettable experience for those who visit the UK in 2012 as the two major events - the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Queen and the summer Olympics - lift the festive spirit.

Though the London Bridge, the Big Ben, parliament, the Royal Opera House and the Stonehenge would be on the regular itinerary of a tourist, the two most exciting events make it special for everyone.

Apart from scenic beauty, the UK provides a memorable shopping experience for the international travellers with several new shops opening across the country. People can also own pieces of Games memorabilia throughout the capital from the official London 2012 shops.

Take a tour of London through these pictures: