A ticket to the London 2012 Games is hard to get. Many tickets have been sold out months ago even before the Games start. Don’t be disappointed if you are unable to watch your favourite athletes live in action. If you are in London or making your way to London now, here are some great places to watch all the Olympic sporting events for free and at the same time, be immersed in the festivities for London 2012.
Catch the live broadcast of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the big screens in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square. Although entry to all three venues is free, visitors are required to queue to get in. A limited number of Guaranteed Entry Tickets are available each day for reservation in advance. So go online and check if the tickets for BT London Live are still available and make your booking before 2pm on the specified day. However, ticket reservation is only open for Hyde Park and Victoria Park during the Olympic Games.
Hyde Park – From 27 July to 12 August, a live coverage of the Olympic Games will be shown on five big screens in Hyde Park, along with fun-filled activities for the young and old. Watch live music performances on the main stage by many outstanding artists such as Will Young, McFly, Amy Macdonald, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kenny Thomas. Two performing acts are scheduled every evening. Visitors with young kids can also enjoy a range of family-friendly entertainment. Kids love chocolates so bring them to the Cadbury House for some chocolate tastings. Also engage in a virtual race against British incredible swimmer, Rebecca Adlington at Great Games Zone and win a Cadbury chocolate medal. Visitors can also experience what it feels what it is likes to be an Olympic athlete and take part in any sports such as Table Tennis, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Boxing, Hockey, and Football available at the site.
Located just a short 10-minute drive from our serviced apartments, Fraser Suites Kensington, Hyde Park is a beautiful Royal Park of London with over 4,000 trees, a large tranquil lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens. One of the largest parks in Central London covering 142 hectares, Hyde Park houses several impressive buildings and monuments, such as the Serpentine Bridge, the Joy of Life fountain, and the well-known Archiles statue. Visitors can simply take breaks in between the Games and explore the lovely scenery at the Hyde Park. Before going to Hyde Park, check out its opening hours during London 2012 on the BT London Live website.
Victoria Park – This is definitely one of the best places in London to soak in the fun and excitement for the Olympic Games 2012. Catch all the Olympic highlights on the giant screens and take part in the extensive range of activities in Victoria Park. A 25-minute drive from our luxury apartments, Fraser Suites Kensington, Victoria Park is one of the oldest public parks in London. As part of the celebration for London 2012, a 55 metre high BT Observation Wheel and 320-metre long Kiss Zipline are built in Victoria Park. Visitors can pay an entry fee to take a ride up the Observation Wheel and Zipline to enjoy magnificent views of both the Olympic stadium and London city. There will be daily music performances by various artists including Alexandra Burke, Soul II Soul, Norman Jay and Friends, Club de Fromage, Sound of Latin London, and more. Similarly, Victoria Park has a sports zone, Have-A-Go Sports, for visitors to participate in a wide array of Olympic and Paralympic sports. Spectacular visual and cultural displays are also scheduled every day from 27 July to 12 August.
Trafalgar Square – During the Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September, live coverage of the games from Channel 4 will be featured on a big screen in the Trafalgar Square. There will also be a music concert every evening to entertain the crowd. Situated in the City of Westminster, the Trafalgar Square is a 10-minute drive from our furnished apartments, Fraser Suites Kensington. Home to Nelson’s Column, the famous stone lions, the infamous fourth plinth and a lot of pigeons, the iconic square is rich in history and often have cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains. Visitors who are planning to watch the Paralympic Games in Trafalgar Square should certainly spend some time touring one of city’s most vibrant squares in between catching the games.
There are also opportunities for you to watch the Olympic athletes competing for their medals along the streets of London without paying. The routes of some road events are set to pass some iconic landmarks in London so we have compiled a list on some best spots to watch your favourite athletes in action.
Race Walk (4 August – Men’s 20km walk, 11 August – Men’s 50km and Women’s 20km)
Starting and finishing at The Mall, the Race Walk athletes will be passing the Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial. So head down to the mentioned landmarks and see them speed-walk to the finishing line and a medal.
Triathlon (4 August – Women’s Final, 7 August – Men’s Final)
The Olympic Triathlon, consisting of 1,500m swim, 40km cycle ride and a 10km run, will be taking place in the Hyde Park for two days. The event is bound to attract a massive enthusiastic crowd to Hyde Park so it is recommended to get Guaranteed Entry Tickets to Hyde Park if you want to avoid any disappointment.
Swimming Marathon (9 August – Women’s Final, 10 August – Men’s Final)
The Olympic Swimming Marathon is also held at the Hyde Park. The top 25 swimmers will compete in a 10 km race by finishing six laps of the lake.
Olympic Marathon (5 August – Women’s Marathon, 12 August – Men’s Marathon)
The Olympic Marathon athletes will be passing by London’s popular attractions such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square during their race. So plan a visit to these landmarks on the two days and cheer on the world’s top marathon runners.
Paralympic Marathon (9 September)
The route for the Paralympic Marathon would be similar to Olympic Marathon’s. Both men and women races will be held on that day. So arrive early at the various landmarks to snag yourself a good spot to watch the sporting action.
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During your stay in London, we have put together some recommendations on things to do in our fabulous city. Check out our blog and read the articles by clicking on the links Day one, two and three for the family itineraries:
Day one: Buckingham Palace, Changing the Guard, St. James’s Park, British Museum,
Day two: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden, London Transport Museum, National Gallery,
Day three: London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral