The Games of the XXX Olympiad, the Summer Olympic Games of 2012, will be based in London, with selected events held throughout the United Kingdom. The official 16 days of the games will be July 27 through August 12, though events will begin to occur before the official opening ceremonies.
The games will be followed two weeks later with the Summer Paralympic Games, August 29 through September 9. Most of the paralympic events will be held in the same olympic venues.
This will be the third time that London has been an Olympic City, having hosted the games previously in 1908 and 1948.
South Manchester covers the south of Manchester as far south as the M60. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire. It contains amongst others, the following neighbourhoods:
Didsbury Historically, this was the home of many of the wealth merchants who traded in the city and is an area with strong Jewish links. It was further developed as railways grew with much more housing built in the 1930s. It is one of the most up-market and expensive residential districts within Manchester. here you will find a mixed academic cosmopolitan community with a smattering of media stars. It offers a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants and looks and feels more like an English village than a suburban district.
Hulme: is at the heart of Manchester's counterculture, the area had suffered badly from inept town planning throughout the 1970s until early 1990s. Regeneration of old housing has improved the appearance of the district.It is one of the birth places of the European dance scene and home to a vibrant multi-cultural population of artists, punks, anarchists, environmental activists and party people.
Moss Side: Just to the west of Rusholme, is home to a large African and West Indian community a lively an yet tough area is worth a visit for its Caribbean cuisine and pubs.
Old Trafford: Notable for two large sporting venues: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, and Old Trafford Football Ground that belongs to Manchester United Football Club. It is also within walking distance of the glamorous Salford Quays redevelopment.
Whalley Range: Referred to as "Leafy Whalley Range" is one of Manchester's first and finest suburbs started in the early 1830s, built by local banker and businessman Samuel Brooks as "a desirable estate for gentlemen and their families". Here you will find Grand Victorian houses within beautiful tree-lined streets that border Alexandra Park.
Chorlton-Cum-Hardy: Known as Chorlton is one of the hippest suburbs of Manchester and residential area of choice for the city's arts, theatre, and music crowd. It offers a wide range of continental-style cafe bars and eateries with trendy shopping around Beach Road and Chorlton Green.
Withington: Is a diverse district housing a mixture of "professionals" and "students" and close to the University of Manchester and the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Rusholme: A multi-cultural community, home to the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants in Manchester known as the "Curry Mile" (along Wilmslow Road). Here you find cuisine from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, North Africa and the Middle East.
Watch sport at Old Trafford, see either Manchester United Football Club, one of the most famous and successful football clubs in the world or Lancashire Country Cricket Club.
Manchester United Football Club, (A dedicated station is right behind the football stadium's South stand: it is called Manchester United FC Halt station. Trains are provided by Northern Rail and there are about five or so services before and after the match to the mainline Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road stations.). Open only on match days. Generally, a very high quality of football. Tickets for matches against lesser opposition are quite easy to come by (the stadium holds around 75,000 people) and can be purchased from the club's official website or the Ticketing & Memebrship Office. League matches with the top clubs, Arsenal or Chelsea, and local rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as competitive matches against any of the big European teams (Barcelona, Inter Milan etc.), will only very rarely be available on general sale.
Lancashire Country Cricket Club, (Take the Manchester Metrolink, getting off at Old Trafford station. This is located right next to the cricket ground. There are services every 6-12 minutes.).
The Trafford Centre is a large indoor shopping and entertainment centre. Activities include LegoLand Discovery Centre Manchester.
LegoLand Discovery Centre Manchester, (Take the Manchester Metrolink tram to Stretford, where you can catch the Metrolink Shuttle Bus direct to The Trafford Centre.)