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The Olympic Games run from July 27 to August 12. The Paralympics run from August 29 to September 9.
Try tickets.london 2012.com/timeline.html for last-minute tickets.
Aer Lingus Regional (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) has a new service between Dublin and London Southend, the only airport in Britain with a direct mainline rail connection to the Olympic Games site at Stratford.
The service runs three times a day, with one-way fares from €25.99. Passengers can whisk from plane to train in 15 minutes with a maximum wait of four minutes at security.
London Stansted is well situated for East London, with trains running directly into Liverpool Street.
The Stansted Express train takes 45 minutes and costs £25.50 (€31) return when booked in advance through Ryanair (0818 30 30 30; ryanair.com).
Fly to Stansted from Dublin, Cork, Knock, Derry, Kerry and Shannon with Ryanair.
The Hoxton (0044 207 550 1000; hoxtonhotels.com) is a chic design hotel close to Shoreditch, complete with roaring fires and plush furnishings.
Rooms start at £59 (€72) when booked in advance, but join their mailing list to bag a room for £1 (€1.20) as part of their frequent sale.
Part of the Soho House group, Shoreditch House (0044 207 739 5040; shoreditchhouse.com) is the place to be seen among the London hipster crowd, with a rooftop pool and Cowshed spa. Rooms start at £105 (€127).
The Avo Hotel (0044 203 490 5061; avohotel.com) is a family-run boutique offering in Dalston, perfect for Brick Lane and London Fields. Rooms start from £79 (€96).