Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Hyde Park, London and Olympic Triathlon
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London, United Kingdom, and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner.
The park is divided in two by the Serpentine. The park is contiguous with Kensington Gardens; although often still assumed to be part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens has been technically separate since 1728, when Queen Caroline made a division between the two. Hyde Park covers 142 hectares and Kensington Gardens covers 111 hectares, giving an overall area of 253 hectares, making the combined area larger than the Principality of Monaco, though smaller than New York City's Central Park. To the southeast, outside the park, is Hyde Park Corner. Although, during daylight, the two parks merge seamlessly into each other, Kensington Gardens closes at dusk but Hyde Park remains open throughout the year from 5 am until midnight.
Hyde Park is the largest of four parks which form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park, past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace and then on through Saint James's Park to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.
Hyde Park has been the venue for some famous rock concerts, including the major location for the Live 8 string of benefit concerts. Queen played here in one of their most popular shows, in 1976. It is estimated that 150–200 thousand people turned up for the event. The record concert attendance is probably for the 1969 concert by the Rolling Stones. According to much of the press, the crowd then was estimated between 250,000 and 500,000. Blur played here as part of their reunion. They released a live album recorded at the park called All the People: Blur Live at Hyde Park. Since 1996, the park has been the London venue for the Proms in the Park concerts, held on the last night of the BBC Proms.
For the 2012 London Olympics, the park will host the triathlon and the 10 km open water swimming events. The park is also planning on holding the 2012 Iron Man competition. It is a temporary venue that will be built in June 2012 and taken down following the 2012 Games. Olympic Triathlon Tickets are easily available at Sport Ticket Exchange. It is a single point which offers you the London Olympic Tickets for all sports and events. Especially Triathlon Tickets at very cheap rates at Sport Ticket Exchange.