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The 10 Most Unusual Olympic Host Cities

Helsinki Rock Church Stockholm Great Square Moscow's Soho Rooms Shakespeare and Company, Paris

At Assured Events, we always look beyond the obvious and so in the spirit of the London2012, we’ve highlighted some of the more unusual cities that have played host to the Olympic games.

1912 – Stockholm:

Sweden’s capital has a lot to offer, but we recommend a visit to the Great Square in the middle of Stockholm’s Old Town, also home to the Nobel Museum – the 18th Century architecture make this area well worth a visit.

1904 – St Louis:

For gorgeous locally sourced produce, visit Soulard Farmers Market – its a great day out for your taste buds when you’re in Missouri’s second city.

1980 – Moscow:

Just 10 mins drive from Red Square are Moscow’s Soho Rooms – stunning lighting and a great atmosphere where you can rub shoulders with the Russian capital’s most beautiful people.

1964 – Tokyo:

For a taste of 1960’s Japanese cool in ultra-modern Tokyo, take a walk down Shirokane Takanawa – a street crammed with retro shops, clothes and tunes.

1976 – Montreal:

Visit  Il Motore in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie district to hear live music in one of the most intimate venues in the whole of Quebec.

1988 – Seoul:

There is a lot of neon in South Korea’s capital – but if the bright lights get too much, wander through the boutique shops in the Samchungdong, just north of the city.

1924 – Paris:

Situated in Paris’s Latin Quarter near Notre Dame Cathedral is the Shakespeare and Co bookshop which is home to events and festivals throughout the year.  Not just a great bookshop, it also has accommodation and prides itself as one of the French capital’s most unique places to visit.

1920 – Antwerp:

Just north of Belgium’s capital city of Brussels, Antwerp is home of the Vigneto wine bar.  The perfect choice for good wines and some excellent tapas – we recommend the Jamon Iberico or Spanish Ham.

1952 – Helsinki:

We recommend that you visit the Temppeliaukio, or Rock Church, in Finland’s capital city.  It is literally a church carved into rock and the church’s natural light creates some beautiful colours in the rock.  When you are finished, you can climb the rock that the church was built into to catch some of Helsinki’s best views.

2012 – London:

What’s so unusual about London?  Well, its the only city to ever host three Olympic games!  In Spitalfields is the amazing Dennis Severs’ House.  This house has survived without modernisation to give visitors a taste of 18th Century life amongst the 21st Century East End – an atmospheric experience.

If you want a globe-trotting trip with a difference planned, contact us to see how we can make it a truly memorable experience.

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