London Inspection Trip- Written by Adaptable Travel Sales & Marketing Administrator Ricky Behan
On Saturday 4th August I decided to travel to London to attend the 2012 Olympic Games to watch Team GB take on Australia in basketball. Taking the train from Birmingham New Street I arrived at London Euston on Saturday morning and travelled via tube to Swiss Cottage located north-west of London city centre to my hostel called Palmers Lodge. Getting off at Swiss Cottage tube station, the hostel was very easy to find and was only a short walk from the tube station. Swiss Cottage is a pleasant residential area of London that is conveniently located outside of the city's busy central area and is a short distance from many of London’s major attractions. This makes it a perfect location for student groups as they are able to stay out of the busy central London area but still be only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of London life.
On checking in, I was greeted by a friendly receptionist who showed me to my room which was clean, comfortable and spacious. Recently renovated and located in an impressive Victorian building, Palmers Lodge Swizz Cottage was very unique and was unlike any hostel I have stayed in before. The receptionist was very helpful and showed me the best way to travel to the Olympic Park from Swiss Cottage which is located on the Jubilee Line making travelling in London easy and straightforward. Setting off from Swizz Cottage I made my way to North Greenwich to take a look at the North Greenwich Arena and catch a cable car over the river to Excel Exhibition Centre, both of which acted as sporting venues for the Olympics. After taking the cable car I made my way to the Olympic Park at Stratford Gate.
Greeted by swarms of excited people and helpful volunteers, I made my way into the park and wondered around looking at the impressive Olympic Stadium as well as the other arenas that make up the park such as the Riverbank Arena where hockey was played and the Velodrome where the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Victorian Pendleton rode to Olympic Gold. After grabbing a bite to eat I wandered down to Park Live where the big screen showed live Olympic action to the crowds of team GB fans before venturing up to the Basketball Arena to take up my seat to watch team GB play Australia. Unfortunately team GB lost to Australia however close by in the Olympic Stadium Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all won gold to cap an amazing day at the Olympic Park. Cheered on by thousands inside and out of the Olympic Stadium I was able to watch all three athletes win Olympic gold in front of the big screen which was amazing as the atmosphere in the park was unlike anything I have ever heard.
My trip to London to see the Olympics was truly inspirational as I had the good pleasure to see the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis rise to the occasion of a home Olympics and give gold medal performances in front of thousands of adoring fans. London was a magnificent city for the 2012 Olympics as it was able to combine its rich history and tradition infused with British culture to give the perfect setting for a games packed full of exciting and inspirational moments such as Usain Bolt winning double gold in the 100m and 200m for Jamaica, Michael Phelps becoming the most successful Olympian ever for USA and David Rudisha breaking his own 800 metre record again for Kenya. This truly Olympic spirit was shared by Team GB who won 65 medals, 29 of them being gold, their best Olympic performance for over a century and it was a spirit mirrored by the nation as a whole who supported and helped make the 2012 Olympics one of the most successful of all time.
It was a truly inspirational trip that should be shared by all so if you are interested in visiting London and taking a visit to the Olympic Park please contact us today for more information on school trips to London.