Britain staged some amazing parties in the summer of 2012. Besides the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, it was James Bond's 50th Birthday, Charles Dicken's 200th, the summer of the London 2012 Festival, the International Shakespeare Festival, the culmination of the countrywide Cultural Olympiad and more.
Suffering from Olympi-phobia?
Some visitors worried about visiting in 2012 because of our open invitation to the world. Fear of the London crowds, fear of extra London costs and fear of complicated London security, transportation and logistics meant that some postponed their UK vacation until it was all over. That was really too bad, because everyone who came agreed it was a ball.If you're still worried about the costs and hassles of visiting the London and the UK during their busiest time of year, I hope these tips and pointers - planned for Olympi-phobes but still very useful - will put your mind at rest enough to book your tickets.
On the next few pages, you'll find a host of reasons why I think you can and should come to Britain this summer as well as an assortment of tips and pointers to help you make the most of your visit while staying within your budget and avoiding travel aggro.