Art, film, music and of course sport are some of the special offerings at the country houses and other free London attractions over the coming days.
Haven’t yet visited an Olympic country house? Check out our video preview of some of the best, and find other highlights below.
Location: Somerset House, Strand; Nearest tube is Temple Station
Open: Most events from 10am to 9pm, musical performances from 7pm to 10pm.
As host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil has a lot in store for visitors through Sept. 9. On Aug. 9 at 11 a.m., see an exhibition called “From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century“. Enjoy Brazilian culture through its contemporary art on Aug. 10 as well, as the country showcases itself in “Exhibition Brazil, the time is now!“. For more information, visit our Casa Brasil preview.
Location: Inside the O2 Arena (called the North Greenwich Arena during the Games); Nearest Tube North Greenwich Station
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Aug. 9 at 4 p.m., Jamaica House will present the documentary “People Reel.” From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., UK Radio presenters will be reporting from Jamaica House and will launch the JTB “Win a Holiday in Jamaica Competition.” For more information, visit our Jamaica House preview
Location: Big Chill House, 257 Pentonville Road; Kings Cross Tube Station
Open: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; £10 until 6 p.m., £15 from 6 p.m.
More live music to tickle your fancy will be available at the Irish House Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, visitors may hear Jacqui Hynes and the J. Eoin Traditional Irish Session from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stick around to hear acoustic covers from Liam Byrne from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Later from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., the show goes on with the Christie Moore Tribute Show, and closes off at 11 p.m. with some of the hottest live Irish DJs on the scene! On Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., hear Karen Ryan’s traditional Irish session, then later from 11 p.m., Arveene & Famous Eno closes the set out with their live DJ skills.
Royal Opera House
Location: Covent Garden; nearest tube is Covent Garden
Open: 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Want to learn more about the history of the Olympics? BP and the Royal Opera House have teamed up with the Lausanne-based Olympic Museum and brought to London a free, unique exhibit illustrating the Olympic story through the achievements of ancient and modern Olympians. The exhibition will be open through Aug. 12 and will include summer Olympic Medals since 1896, summer Olympic Torches since 1936 and artifacts from athletes through the ages. The exhibit has proven to be quite popular, so best to go before the weekend! Find out more with our full preview here.