Fantastic media events during the Paralympic Games period

Fantastic media events during the Paralympic Games period
The London Media centre is now open from 8am on 27th August until the 10th September 2012 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The London Media Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please remember to wear you media pass to enter the centre. If you do not have your media pass or have not yet registered please email

28 August – Press Conference and Q&A: Security and transport readiness for the Paralympics – 2pm – 3pm – Press conference 1
This is set to be the largest Paralympic Games ever and staging it requires a unique level of collaboration between transport and security agencies. Bringing together senior figures from Government, Transport and the Metropolitan Police, this briefing will give an overview of preparations and an update on the anticipated challenges and how they will be dealt with in the crucial days ahead.

Speakers include:
• Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
• Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and The Olympics
• Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG
• Chris Allison, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
• Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London

For those of you on twitter, the hashtag for this briefing is ParaReadiness
To attend: Please email stating date and title of the briefing (as there are other briefings happening) by 10am Tuesday 28th August. For further information call 0207 271 1700. Filming and photography will be permitted for this press conference and the LMC’s broadcast team will also send this to BT Tower via a live feed. The press conference (from 13.55 to 15.15 BST) will be sent live to the BT Tower Local End – HD/FRBE7. An edited version of this press conference will be available on the Media Area of the LMC website under ‘Media Assets’ after the conference.

5 September – International Paralympic Committee Marketing Summit – 10am – Press Conference 1
This must-attend event will welcome international experts who will share their insights into the tangible benefits of working with the Paralympics and discuss the potential and future of the Paralympic brand.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be watched by a combined audience of more than 4 billion viewers. Greater visibility has made the Paralympic brand an even more attractive proposition. More brands than ever benefit from Paralympic partnerships and the growing profiles of athletes. Rio 2016 describes the Paralympic brand as a challenger that is ready to lead societal change. The Marketing Summit will look at the London experience, examine the impact and debate of how partners can benefit from the Paralympic brand. This ground-breaking event will welcome international experts who will share their insights into the tangible benefits of working with the Paralympics. Discover how some of the world’s biggest sport sponsors have activated their partnership and the benefits they have enjoyed.

The Marketing Summit will be followed by a spectacular evening event that includes reception, dinner, entertainment, live action Paralympic sport and an after party.

Filming and photography will be permitted for this press conference and the LMC’s broadcast team will also send this to BT Tower via a live feed. The press conference (from 13.55 to 15.15 BST) will be sent live to the BT Tower Local End – HD/FRBE7. An edited version of this press conference will be available on the Media Area of the LMC website under ‘Media Assets’ after the conference.

The London Media Centre Regent Street
The London Media Centre Regent Street is open daily from 8am to 11pm to all accredited journalists until the close of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sunday 9 September. Visit or call the London Media Centre Regent Street, 1 Wilder Walk, just off Piccadilly. The London Media Centre Regent Street has excellent facilities for you to use, Wi-Fi, editing suites, recharge phones, camera equipment. Telephone 0203 475 3940 or visit

Regent Street and the West End would like to entertain you and invite you to enjoy; lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or drinks. You might like to try the Regent Street Food Safari – enjoy small signature dishes at five venues in one night (subject to availability).

Regent Street introduces the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collections
Regent Street is located in the heart of London’s West End and has over 75 UK and International flagship stores such as Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Michael Kors and Austin Reed. It is London’s ultimate shopping and lifestyle destination and Europe’s first purpose built shopping street. Two hours itinerary highlighting key stores on Regent Street such us Liberty, Anthropologie, Austin Reed, Swarovski Crystallized and Penhaligon’s. In store exclusive and tailor made tours and personal shopping services.

29 August – Mayor welcomes Paralympic Flame to City Hall – 1pm – Potters Field
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will greet Paralympic Torchbearers as the Flame stops off at London House at City Hall on the final day of the Paralympic Torch Relay. The Mayor and five Torchbearers – Paralympians Jan Wilson, William Noble, Esther Weber, Jim Nuirhead and Francesca Porcellato – will take part in a photocall in front of the iconic Tower Bridge and the newly-installed Paralympic Agitos. Please note access will only be possible for pre-registered media.

29 August – Paralympic Torch Relay to visit Greenwich – between 3.30pm and 4.15pm – Media Area at Cutty Sark Gardens
The Paralympics will begin in spectacular style on Wednesday 29 August and we’re thrilled to be welcoming the Paralympic Torch Relay to the Royal Borough of Greenwich during the afternoon, as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium. It will travel through Royal Greenwich between 3.30pm and 4.15pm, going past the world- famous Cutty Sark ship which provides a spectacular backdrop for this historic moment before the Torchbearers leave the borough by boat. If you wish to attend, we require that you apply for accreditation. There are spaces available for media in Cutty Sark Gardens and onboard a boat crossing the Thames when the torch crosses the river. (spaces are limited for the boat).

1 September – Three Olympic Games: 1908, 1948 and now 2012 all with a legacy – 9.15am – Stratford station
London 2012 will provide the greatest show on earth and leave a lasting legacy. How did we provide two successful games at short notice before and find out how we will provide a great opportunity for the nation. Take our regeneration familiarisation trip of East London with experts. Finish with a trip to the Olympic Park Viewing Gallery used by Her Majesty the Queen.

4 September – Explore independent style in Seven Dials – 2pm – Covent Garden
Discover a Londoner’s go to destination for independent style. Meet the owner of The Loft boutique – a haven for second-hand designer clothing and apparel. Take a peek inside Coco De Mer – a luxury adult boutique renowned for their upmarket bedroom toys, books and lingerie. Visit the flagship store for Orla Kiely – a London Fashion Week favourite, famous for her distinctive prints. Collections include womenswear, bags and accessories. Take in British fashion at Tatty Devine – an accessories store famed for their original, art jewellery, handmade in London. Relax with a cocktail at Kopapa – a fusion restaurant and bar from renowned chef Peter Gordon.

4 and 6 September – Courtesans, Celebrities and Chandeliers: The History of London’s Oldest Railway Hotel – 2pm – The Grosvenor Hotel
Discover the fascinating history behind London’s oldest railway hotel, The Grosvenor Hotel, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The famous 19th century courtesan, Miss Cora Pearl, was turned away from the hotel in 1870 due to her illicit profession. In honour of Cora and to celebrate her lavish lifestyle, the hotel has created a stunning Courtesan’s Boudoir – The Cora Pearl Suite. The hotel’s Operations Manager, Dean Culpan, will also be talking about the hotel’s rich history and the recent multi million pound refurbishment project in conjunction with English Heritage for all events.

6 September – Exclusive Shakespeare’s Globe international press briefing – 10am
Find why the Globe is the place where more people encounter Shakespeare than any other theatre in the world through performance and education. Key spokespeople from Shakespeare’s Globe will talk about the Globe’s international connections and ambitions, the unique theatre space and the experience it offers actors and audiences and the future of the Globe. Press will have the option to take part in a public tour of the theatre and will be provided with detailed information packs on the history of the Globe, international feature and interview ideas and recent press releases.

6 September – Designed to Win – Exhibition Press Breakfast – 9am – Design Museum
Press breakfast to introduce journalists to the ‘Designed to Win’ exhibition at the Design Museum near Tower Bridge. Designed to Win celebrates the various way in which design has shaped the sporting world, celebrating the introduction of revolutionary new materials, new technologies, fashions and sporting equipment, all of which have transformed sporting enterprise. A guided tour of the exhibition will be provided by the curator.

7 September – Delivering a Paralympian Sporting Legacy for all – 10am
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a proud history of supporting disabled athletes, sporting clubs and teams that take part in a variety of competitive sports and activities throughout the year. Our Starting Blocks charity has helped local wheelchair rugby athlete, Andy Barrow, to represent Team GB at London 2012.

10 September – Go With the Flow – 2.30pm – Embankment
See London in a unique way from a kayak. Get a flavour of the Olympic city from its liquid heart and reason for being, The River Thames. You will be kayaking a stable double kayak, no experience required, all equipment and guide provided. Must be able to swim 10 metres.

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