In the last article we’ve presented you some of the venues inside London where the magnificent Olympic Games will take place. As promised today we continue on the same path describing special places on a special tone, because the beauty of this buildings and this locations clearly deserves our entire attention. So today’s picks, in alphabetical order are Hampton Court Palace, Horse Guards, Hyde Park and North Greenwich Area.
Private transfer from Hampton Court Palace
This former residential home, a truly stunning building, stands close to the river Lugg listening to eternal stories spoken by the flowing water. For almost 600 years Hampton Court Palace has been witness to days of joy and sorrow, to victories and flaws, to wars and times of peace.
Woodlands and pastures surround the imposing building, while 1000 acres of parkland form one of the 50 best gardens in the world. Taking a tour of the castle you will pass through an impressive Ballroom, Coningsby Great Hall, the original Chapel or royal bedrooms. A great library is located in the palace as well.
Hampton Court Palace is also home to many art pieces and furnishings from the Royal Collection, generally dating from the two major time periods of the palace’s construction, the early Renaissance Era and late Early Georgian period. The sole most significant works are Mantegna’s Triumphs of Caesar kept in the Lower Orangery. The Raphael Cartoons now kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum were once part of the palace also.
The palace was initially created by the joining of the manors of Hampton Richard and Hampton Mappenor. The original quadrangular house was built by Lenthall in 1427 and he was granted the license to crenellate it 7 years later. The castle was slightly redesigned in between the years of 1830 and 1840.
Another interesting aspect regarding Hampton Court Palace is the fact it is home to the oldest tennis court in England.
Hampton Court Palace will be the venue for the Road Cycling Time Trial competitions and short-term structures for the event will be set up in the grounds.
A cab transfer from the center of London to Hampton Court Palace will cost 11 GBP for a saloon car.
Private transfer to Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade is a place for numerous military events all over the year such as the Trooping the Colour which signifies the Queen’s official birthday. In fact, a ceremony take place every morning in this location called Changing of the Guard. At the time of this ceremony twelve mounted soldiers in traditional English military outfit come from the Hyde Park Barracks. At the moment of the change the Old Guard move to the north side of the Horse Guards Parade location while the New Guard form to the South. In respect to tradition chivalry still guards the entrance to the Royal Palaces.
A series of historical buildings are located on the field of Horse Guards Parade, like Old Admiralty, Household Cavalry Museum, Guards Memorial and St. James Park. Horse Guards Parade was previously the place of the Palace of Whitehall’s yard, where tourneys like jousting were organized during the reign of Henry VIII. At the center of Whitehall, it was the historical entrance to the Royal Palaces.
Horse Guard Parade will host the beach volleyball competition.
A cab transfer from the center of London to Horse Guard Parade will cost 11 GBP for a saloon car.
Private transfer to Hyde Park
Split in two by the magnificent Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park is the perfect place for a romantic walk. The park continues the beauty of the Kensington Gardens on an area of 142 hectares flowering each spring into amazing colors.
You can enter it through the Grand Entrance, known also as the Victoria Gate and walk near great sites of interest like Diana, a memorial to the Princess of Wales, Speakers’ Corner, Rotten Row and Tyburn gallows. East of Serpentine Lake the Holocaust Memorial is located while, moving a little bit further you will see one of the weirdest things in your life, known as “the upside-down tree”. The surprises don’t stop here because, added in 1994, the rose garden is by far the most attractive place in Hyde Park.
Hyde Park offers an exclusive environment in the center of London for various types of flora and fauna. Beneficial modifications in administration have been done to promote new varieties of plants and animals inside Hyde Park. Even if beautiful in each season the park reaches its climax during summer when colored butterflies provide spectacular views.
You can enter Hyde Park through the Grand Entrance, also known as the Victoria Gate, close by Apsley House. Decimus Burton created the beautiful gate in the Hyde Park Corner during 1824-1825.
Hyde Park will be the home for the Olympic swimming and triathlon contests.
A cab transfer from the center of London to Hyde Park will cost 15 GBP for a saloon car.
Private transfer to North Greenwich Arena
The former Millennium Dome, today referred to as The ‘O2’ Arena, this is certainly the best choice to host the artistic gymnastics, trampoline, basketball and wheelchair basketball event for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. The benefit of using the Arena as an Olympic location was obvious. Apart from the capacity of 20,000 the O2 has a great number of restaurants and bars and fans can easily reach it through the Jubilee Line tube station.
The construction of North Greenwich Arena was finished in 2007, later than initially thought, mostly due to the fact that the roof had to be built inside the dome and then lifted. The rest of the building structure was built around the roof after that. 40% of the entire dome structure is covered by the O2 Arena.
In 2008 O2 arena became the busiest world venue in the world. Since 2007 a great number of events and sports competitions were hosted here, including tennis, hockey, gymnastics, basketball, boxing, mixed martial arts, darts and now it will host the biggest of them all, the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
A cab transfer from the center of London to the North Greenwich Arena(O2 Arena) will cost 22 GBP for a saloon car.
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