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London 2012 Summer Olympic Games - London Venues

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There will be fourteen sporting venues in and around London during the  2012 Summer Olympic  Games.

For visitors to the city during this auspicious event, there are extensive bus, underground train and national rail services for use in finding your way around. Private car travel into London during this time is not advised, although there is a park and ride facility for visitors to the Olympic Park and Village situated in east London.

Below are listed each of the London and greater London area venues, in alphabetical order, complete with each location’s sporting events, event dates and transport advice.

Below the list of venues are several links to London transport websites.

EARLS COURT ONE

Volleyball

28 July - 12 August

Earls Court One is an iconic exhibition centre situated in south, west London which was opened in 1937.  The centre has been chosen for the Olympic volleyball competitions.

The centre is accessed by way of a short walk from the Earls Court underground station, found on the London Underground Picadilly and District Lines, or by local bus.

ETON DORNEY LAKE

Rowing

Canoe Sprint

28 July – 11 August

Eton Dorney Lake is situated in the county of Berkshire, forty kilometres from central London, situated very near to Windsor Castle, the home of Queen Elisabeth II and Eton College, the country's most iconic public school.

The lake has been chosen as the venue for the Olympic rowing and canoe sprint events.

Access by national rail train services to the area can be made by travelling to either Slough, Maidenhead or Windsor national rail stations, where a shuttle bus service is in place to carry passengers to the lake.

Access can also be made into the area by way of  the London River Service from central London, by travelling to the river piers at either Windsor Promenade or Windsor Racecourse, but do bear in mind that due to tide variations on the river, travel time from central London can take upwards of four hours.

For those planning to cycle to either of these events, access can be made by way of the National Cycle Route number four.

EXCEL EXHIBITION CENTRE

Boxing

Fencing

Judo

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Weight Lifting 

28 July - 12 August.

The ExCel is London's largest exhibition centre situated next to the Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands. The centre has been chosen to host seven Olympic events in it's five large arenas.

The centre can be accessed by way of a special Olympic Games coach service which picks up at several locations around London or by the West Silvertown station on the Woolwich Arsenal Line or the Custom House station situated on the Beckton Line of the Docklands Light Railway. Please note however, that passengers departing this venue  do not use the same stations they arrived at, instead use the station at Prince Regent on the Woolwich Arsenal Line or Pontoon Dock station on the Beckton Line.

GREENWICH PARK

Equestrian Events

Modern Pentathlon Events.

28 July - 12 August 

Greenwich Park is London's oldest Royal Park, having been in use since 1433, situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south London, and is home to the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Meridian.

The park has been chosen for the Olympic equestrian events and some of the modern pentathlon events.

The park can be accessed by Greenwich station on the Docklands Light Railway, by a special Olympic Games coach service which picks up at several locations across London, at Greenwich Pier on the River Thames by way of the London River Services, a cycle and walking route by way of the Thames Path or by way of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel for walking only.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Road Cycling time trials.

28 July - 1 August. 

This world famous palace, built by King Henry VIII for Cardinal Wolsey between 1514 and 1529, is situated in East Molesey, Surrey, 23 kms from central London. The grounds of the palace have been chosen for the location of the road cycling time trials.

The easiest way to travel to Hampton Court Palace is by national rail to Hampton Court station.

As the palace is situated along the banks of the River Thames, there are several river boat services to the area which depart from Richmond - Upon  - Thames, Kingston - Upon - Thames and Westminster in central London, please note however, that due to tides the trip from Westminster can take upwards of four hours.

It is not advisable to travel by car to the palace as parking is limited.

HORSE GUARDS PARADE.

Beach Volleyball

28 July - 9 August.

Horse Guards Parade is situated in Whitehall in the City of Westminster right next to 10 Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister, but is better known for being the ceremonial parade ground of the soldiers who protect the monarch. 

Situated right in the very heart of London, the parade ground is very easy to access, be it by local bus, river boat, underground train or national rail. 

However try not to come by private car as parking is limited and very expensive. As well as extortionate parking fees there is also a congestion charge fee for all vehicles entering the capital. Disabled badge holders are exempt from paying the congestion charge but in most cases are required to pay parking fees and free parking bays are limited.

For underground services the parade ground can be accessed from ; 

Green Park station on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Charing Cross station on the Bakerloo and Northern lines.

Piccadilly Circus station on the Picadilly and Bakerloo lines.

Victoria station on the Victoria, Circle and District lines.

For national rail stations near the parade ground London Charing Cross station is just a 600 metres walk,  London Victoria station is 1,100 metres walk and London Waterloo station is 1,900 metres walk.

The parade ground can also be accessed by Embankment and Westminster Piers by way of the London River Services. 

HYDE PARK

Triathlon

Marathon Swimming

4,7,9 + 10 August.

Hyde Park is London's largest Royal Park and is situated in London's West End. The park dates back to 1637 and is home to the Serpentine, Rotten Row, Speakers Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Fountain and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk. The park has been chosen to host the Olympic triathlon and marathon swimming events. 

Due to it's massive size the park can be accessed by way of several bus routes and underground stations.

It is not advisable to come to the West End by private car as parking is both limited and very expensive. As well as extortionate parking fees there is also a congestion charge fee for all vehicles entering the capital. Disabled badge holders are exempt from paying the congestion charge but in most cases are required to pay parking fees and free parking bays are limited.

 For underground stations with access to Hyde Park there are nearby stations situated at;

Hyde Park Corner on the Picadilly Line.

Marble Arch on the Central Line.

Bond Street on the Central and Jubilee Lines.

Green Park on the Victoria, Picadilly and Jubilee Lines.

Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly Line.

Victoria on the Victoria, Circle, and District Lines.

Paddington on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City Lines.

Nearby main line rail stations can be found at London Paddington and London Victoria stations.

LORD’S CRICKET GROUND. 

Archery

27 July - 3 August

This iconic, world famous, sporting venue is situated in St John's Wood in north, west London and has been the home of the Middlesex County Cricket Club and British Test Match cricket since 1814. The ground, which is situated next door to Regents Park and a few metres from the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing of the Beatles fame, has been chosen to host the Olympic archery events.

The cricket ground can be accessed by way of the St John's Wood underground station on the Jubilee underground Line and London Paddington national rail station, both of which are about a ten minute walk from the ground.

 NORTH GREENWICH ARENA.

Artistic Gymnastics

Basketball

Trampoline 

28 July - 12 August

The North Greenwich Arena is a large sporting and entertainment venue built to mark the new millenium.The venue is situated on the Greenwich Meridian at Peninsula Square in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The venue has been chosen to host the Olympic artistic gymnastics, trampoline and basketball events.

The venue can be accessed by way of Charlton station by national rail service, North Greenwich station on the Jubilee underground line, an express river boat service from central London or by taking the Thames Path National Trail or Jubilee Greenway trail for those within walking distance.

 OLYMPIC PARK

XXX Olympiad Opening Ceremony

Athletics

Basketball

BMX

Diving

Handball 

Hockey 

Modern Pentathlon

Swimming

Synchronised Swimming 

Track Cycling

Water Polo

XXX Olympiad Closing Ceremony.

27 July - 12 August.

London's Olympic Park and Village, built especially for the XXX Olympiad summer games of 2012, is situated in Stratford, East London and houses the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Aquatic Centre, a velodrome, a hockey centre, a handball centre and a basketball centre. 

After the Olympic Games have finished the park will be used for housing and social amenities and will be renamed the Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park in honour of Queen Elisabeth II's diamond jubilee, also being celebrated during 2012.

For visitors to the Olympic Park there are several modes of transport open to them, which includes a special Olympic Games coach service picking up at several locations around London and a park and ride facility for those coming in their own cars.

For London underground services to the park Stratford station on the Jubilee and Central Lines or West Ham station on the District and Hammersmith and City Lines can be used. 

For the Docklands Light Rail services use the stations at either Stratford International or West Ham.

For national rail stations to the park the stations at Stratford, Stratford International or West Ham can be used.

ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS.

Shooting

28 July - 6 August.

The Royal Artillery Barracks are situated in Woolwich in south, east London, and will host the Olympic shooting events.

The venue can be accessed by Woolwich Arsenal station on the national rail network, the Woolwich Arsenal pier by way of the London River Services or Woolwich Arsenal station on the Docklands Light Railway.

The venue can also be accessed, by those within walking distance, by taking either the Green Chain Walk or Jubilee Greenway walking paths.

THE MALL 

Cycling Road Race – 4 + 11 August

Marathon – 5 + 12 August

Race Walk – 4 + 11 August. 

The Mall is situated in the City of Westminster and is the ceremonial route taken to Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of the monarch.

The Mall has been chosen as the venue to host the Olympic marathon, cycling road race and race walk events.

The Mall is located just a 600 metre walk from London Charing Cross national rail station, 1,100 metres from London Victoria national rail station and 1,900 metres from London Waterloo national rail station. 

The Mall can also be accessed by way of the underground stations at Victoria on the Victoria, District and Circle Lines, St James Park station on the District and Circle lines and Green Park station on the Jubilee, Picadilly and Victoria Lines.

Westminster and Embankment Piers can also be used to access The Mall by way of the London River services.

WEMBLEY ARENA                                     WEMBLEY STADIUM

Badminton                                                 Football   

Rhythmic Gymnastics                                  29 + 30 July +

28 July – 12 August                                    1,4,6,7,9 + 11 August

Wembley Arena and Wembley Stadium are situated on Engineers Way, Wembley located on the very western fringe of London, and are situated right next door to one another.

The arena has been chosen to host the Olympic badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events and the iconic, 90,000 seat stadium with it’s 130 foot high arch has been chosen to host the Olympic football matches. 

Both venues can be accessed by Wembley Stadium and Wembley Central stations by national rail service, by Wembley Park station on the Jubilee and Metropolitan underground lines or Wembley Central station on the Bakerloo underground line.

Both the arena and stadium are also served by a large taxi rank situated at Wembley Park station on Bridge Road and a frequent, local bus service. 

WIMBLEDON ALL ENGLAND TENNIS CLUB

Tennis

28 July – 5 August

This world famous, iconic, sporting venue is situated at Church Road, Wimbledon in south, west London, situated close to the world reknowned Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, recently made famous by the internet phenomena Benton, the uncontrollable, deer chasing dog.

The All England Club is hosting the Olympic tennis matches.

Access to the club is gained by using either Wimbledon or Southfields stations on the Jubilee underground line, or for those within walking distance access can be gained by taking section six of the Capital Ring Walkway. 

                                                   LONDON TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL INFORMATION LINKS

For travel in London during the Olympic Games, please visit

www.getaheadofthegames.com 

For National Rail information during the Olympic Games, please visit  

nationalrailgamestravel.co.uk  

For a map of the London underground, please visit   

 pwtfl.gov.uk/gettingaround

For Blue Badge, disabled parking, information during the Olympic Games, please visit 

firstgroupgamestravel.com/blue-badge-parking 

For London travel card information, please visit 

tvisitorshop.tfl.gov.uk  

For park and ride facilities during the Olympic Games, please visit 

firstgroupgamestravel.com/park-and-ride 

For Thames river boat services, please visit  

booking.thamesclippers.com/gamestravel 

For local bus services to the various venues, please visit 

http://www.tfl.gov.uk  

For the official London Olympic Games visitors website, please visit 

london2012.com/visiting

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