Today we decided to head to Hyde Park to watch the Olympics on big screens at one of the free BT London Live events taking place every day. It rained most of the morning, so we waited till early afternoon before setting off. Naturally enough, the heavens opened while we were queueing to get in. Luckily it didn’t take too long to get through security and that turned out to be the last rain of the day. The security staff were great, very professional and also friendly, with some of them playing with Munchkin while we waited. The wristband for Munchkin with his surname and our mobile number on it was a very thoughtful touch. We were allowed to take in empty drinks bottles and there were plenty of free, chilled water fountains in the park. But we couldn’t take in any food. OK, there was plenty available to buy but we don’t normally live on a diet of burgers (£6), hot dogs (£4) or chips (£3). There were a few healthier options (noodles and a veggie/vegan stand) but all the food was expensive and I really wanted and needed some fruit and healthy snacks for Munchin (and me, I have to graze to keep my energy levels up, or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).
First stop, Cadbury House (of course!). We queued for almost 1.5 hours to get in, and I’m not sure I’d do that again, but it was great fun once we got in. We were given a small pot of melted chocolate to begin with, then won a creme egg treat by playing a game. At the end, we were each given a chocolate gold medal and got to pose as medal winners, with Munchkin wrapped in the Union flag.
Next stop, a short queue to check out the new Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note in the Samsung Mobile Pi zone and win a few pins for playing games and drawing. Amazingly, some people had collected all 49, but we were happy with our 6.
Then on to watch Andy Murray win the men’s singles tennis gold! There were three big screens, showing the Olympics, and a stage with good live music; we had a choice of watching tennis, cycling or gymnastics. After the tennis came more tennis, with Andy Murray having to play the mixed doubles final as well. The atmosphere was great, lots of ooohs and aaaahs and cheers.
Finally, it was time to go home and get a tired Munchkin to bed (and for an exhausted Mummy to put her feet up). We had a lovely day and the atmosphere was great. I’d thoroughly recommend going to the free events in Hyde and Victoria parks in London. We didn’t have enough time to queue and try out free sports but we might go back for that.
My highlight was the appearance of Jessica Ennis on the main stage. And Munchkin really enjoyed flirting with the cheerleaders at The Sun’s stand!