London gears up for influx of Olympics visitors

Visitors staying in hotel accommodation in London this summer for the Olympic Games may be worried that the increased number of people flocking to the capital will impact on their enjoyment of their trip.

But steps are being taken to ensure the road, rail, air and Tube networks run smoothly, with workers at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 this week carrying out a preparation exercise that saw them have to shift an extra 3,000 bags in just two hours.

The event was a dry run ahead of what is expected to be the busiest day of the year for the airport – August 13th, the day after the closing ceremony – as up to 65 per cent of London visitors are expected to leave the capital on that date.

The transport hub predicts 200,000 pieces of luggage will require processing on the day, which is significantly more than the average of 150,000 on any other day.

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said: "It is important to test how these plans will work to ensure a smooth operation once the Games are underway.

"The dry run in Terminal 5 went off extremely well with baggage handlers dealing with all 3,000 bags within two hours."

However, if you're feeling anxious at the thought of all those crowds thronging the streets of the city while you're there, why not book yourself in for a relaxing massage treatment?

There are plenty of luxury spas in London offering different kinds of relaxation therapy, from Champneys' bamboo massage for those who have been keeping their worries in their stiff neck and shoulder muscles, to the Blue Harbour Spa at Wyndham Grand London's anti-pollution facial – which will cleanse your face of all the impurities in the London air.

From next week (June 1st), the Mandara Spa will be offering a Feel Like A Queen experience, which gives visitors to the day spa in London a chance to have three treatments while they sip a glass of champagne.

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