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23 Jul

Where To View The London Olympics For Free

A guide to the best free views of the Olympics

With millions of Olympics tickets sold almost instantly to sports fans around the globe, many are left without a chance of seeing the sporting events unfold this summer. However, there are a select number of locations to watch the events, which are completely free. This guide will highlight some of the key spots to visit during this summer’s Olympic Games.

Triathlon Events
On the 4th and 7th  of August, the triathlon events will pass through many free and accessible areas of the city, predominantly Hyde Park in West London.

Olympic Runners

Some key spots for both races include Hyde Park Corner, by Buckingham Palace (with Green Park tube station being best for access if quiet) and Northern access to Hyde Park via Marble arch tube station. Make sure you secure your spot early on to catch the best bits of the action.

Road Racing
For fans of all things two-wheeled, some of the Olympic cycle racing can be viewed from Bushy Park and Richmond Park. On 28th and 29th July, the men’s and women’s road races pass through a select section of the park. The slight incline on the hill of Richmond Park allows for a natural view of the racing track which winds through the public roads for a brief moment. Box Hill is also mainly ticketed, but will have spots to watch the action.

Olympic Cyclists

Alternatively, on July 29th, the Women’s Road race includes multiple laps around the streets of Central London, which provides a great opportunity to catch some of the action. The finish line is on The Mall, surrounded by the grandstands, but if you can beat the (likely) crowds, there will be a few choice spots to watch the race.

Sailing Events
To catch team GB gold medal hopeful Ben Ainslie in action, head to Weymouth for the best view of the events. Despite the local authorities restricting some access to the prime viewing spots, the coast line from Weymouth to White Nothe will be the best vantage point to view the competitions.

Olympic Sailing Course

(The light blue circles highlight the Sailing fields of play)

The main sailing events span 29 July – 11 August, so there’s plenty of time to watch some world class sailing.

About The Author:  This guide was written by Scott Wood from London based luxury rentals business Onefinestay offers a range of accommodation suitable for visitors to London during the summer events.

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