Watching the Olympics at family-friendly BT Live, Hyde Park

Yesterday I discovered the wonders of BT London Live in Hyde Park, London. Anyone with access to the Capital who is moaning about not having tickets to an Olympic event, read on…

I knew there was a big screen in Hyde Park, I didn’t realise just how much fun this free (free!) festival to celebrate the London Olympic Games would be.

There are massive screens dotted about the huge area in Hyde Park, all showing different sports, so you can pick your fave and settle in. You can’t take in your own food and drink, and you need to enter the site through gates in the way you would a ticketed event, but there are loads of bars and eateries once you’re inside and it’s not too expensive. The atmosphere is awesome; live bands play, crowds cheer and gold medalists pop out on the main stage to say hi and show off their brand new bling. There are sporting fans from every competing nation milling around and the kids can try all manner of sporting games and activities for free. Best of all, there are many toilets and they are clean and real (not stinky port-a-loos).

Don’t hesitate, guys – get down there.

The boys kick off another Olympic-flavoured day with an ice cream
And for the ladies…
…a glass of bubbly (I’m wearing my new Rapanui t-shirt)
Celebrating London 2012 in style
As well as bubbles and the standard bars, you can also have a cocktail or two
The boys loved the chocolate station – there are much healthier activities for the kids to try too, including Have-A-Go Sports for all ages (and adults!)
We started the day by watching Team GB win cycling gold on the track (note the literal side show being put on by the boys)

Next up, tennis – and time for Andy Murray to do some straight set butt spanking
The boys enjoy the tennis in the sunshine
There are plenty of seats so you can relax and take in the sporting action – and plenty of peeps armed with picnic blankets too
To go with the tennis, it had to be a jug of Pimms
And then, whaddya know – a real life, Team GB gold medal winner!
This is Peter Wilson, winner of the men’s shooting double trap – just look at that bling
Peter was a real laugh, joking with the crowd, singing happy birthday to a fan and then jumping into the audience to meet the masses
The stars of Team GB are rocking up to the park every day – just another reason to get down there
And if you’re not a sports fan, it’s still worth going – there is live music on the bandstand all day
This lot got the crowd dancing with Rock the Casbah: As well as entertainment on the bandstand, big-name acts play the main stage throughout the day and night. If you can get down to BT Live during the next week you could see McFly, Lemar, Soul II Soul, The Noisettes, Ocean Colour Scene and The Temper Trap. I say again – this is a *free* festival
It was all about the sport for us and watching Becky Adlington win her second bronze of The Games on the big screen (with a wholly supportive crowd) was exciting and emotional. Once again, the day ended with a big swell of London/GB pride, for lots of reasons

Written by Johanna Payton