Enjoy London’s olympic spirit without tickets

By Ana Mellado | 13:45

Are you one of the millions who have failed to get Olympic tickets? Don’t despair: although most sporting events are taking place in ticketed Olympic venues, there is  still plenty to see and do elsewhere in the run-up to and during the games without tickets.  So here is NH Hotels’ guide to what is going on around the city.

Live Olympic screenings. For sports fans who want to watch the competitions accompanied by a crowded environment, there are free live sites with big screens up and running for the tournament across the country. They’ll also boast live music and other entertainment during Olympic fortnight . The largest free screen is in Hyde Park with a capacity of up to 50,000 people. London lovers who prefer not to waste a second to contemplate the beauty of the city, will find paradise on televisions located on the banks of the Thames, in the shadow of London Bridge. Other alternatives are the Victoria Park and Waltham Forest and Woolwich in the east of the capital. The venues open at 10.00 am and admission is free but you must pre-register at the website of BT.

Watch along the route. Fancy watching  events at London 2012? Set around Hyde Park the London 2012 Triathlon events comprise of a 1.5 km Swim, followed by 40 km Road Bike and finishes off with a 10 km run. The women´s triathlon competition will be held on August 4th at 9:00. The man´s race will start at 11.30 on August 7th . The Olympic Triathlon will begin  in Hyde Park and run along capital hotspots as Buckingham Palace, Serpentine or the arc of Wellington. On this page, Triathlon, you will find all the information and various maps with the best spots to enjoy the race.

Soak up the atmosphere at the Startford Olympic Park. Visit the epicenter of London 2012 and experience firsthand the Olympic atmosphere that will allow you to say “I was there.” Admission is 10 pounds and although it doesn´t provide access to the stadiums, you can watch sporting events through screens. Inside the park you can visit the Olympic Orbit steel tower (15 pounds), Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, and enjoy wonderful views of new Stratford.

National hospitality houses. Many countries will draw the party into the street, showing the best of their culture and cuisine. Jamaica Village will be in Finsbury Park, Africa House, in Kensington Gardens, Casa Italia at the Queen Elisabeth II Conference Center, and Casa Brasil in Somerset House. Although access to most is free, some hospitality houses, such as Holland and Germany, require you to book tickets in advance.  To access the full schedule of events, click here.

The Spain House is located in the Hotel NH Harrington Hall (5-25 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington). From here, members of the Spanish  Olympic Committee  and athletes relatives join forces and hope to support them.

London from the sky. Crossing the Thames to 90 meters from a new cable railway, opened on June 28, will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of East London. The journey of 1.1 kilometers long and about five minutes, fly over the Olympic Park, the skyscrapers of the City-including the iconic Gherkin, the observatory of Greenwich, the London Eye and the Thames ban. The cable car operates from Monday to Friday from 7.00 until 21.00 and the weekend from 9.00 to 21.00. Each trip costs 4.30 pounds.


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