On Thursday night I was lucky enough to experience a London 2012 Olympics event in person when I watched the Beach Volleyball at Horse Guard’s Parade in central London. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had all year; the atmosphere was electric and the setting was breathtaking. The temporary stadium set up in Horse Guard’s Parade feels quite intimate despite holding 15,000 spectators and provides the most amazing views of London’s famous landmarks, including the London Eye, The Shard and the BT Tower. After four hours of exciting play I left feeling inspired by these wonderful Games, lucky to have spent a joy-filled evening with my partner and reminded of how life really is what we make of it. Thank you all for your continued support of Bright.Bazaar, connecting with you daily continues to bring me so much happiness. Hugs to you all!
// Photography by Will Taylor

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38 Comments

  1. I am intrigued by the creation of a temporary “beach” on the parade grounds – It's a great sport that is played a lot here in California….

  2. Oh you lucky boy. I wish I could have hopped across the pond and taken in London and the games.
    have a great weekend.

  3. Will, you seemed to have captured the essence of the game in your pics! They're awesome! I am living vicariously through you:-). Happy weekend! XX

  4. I LOVE London and I'm sure it's a wonderful experience for londoners to host the Olympics!!!
    Enjoy and Thank YOU for bringing color into our lives ♥

  5. Will, that' great. So happy you got to experiene this . I always love your enthusiasm for Tennis, the Olympics, for everything London and UK.

    You captured the atmosphere brilliantly and I can imagine that watching Beach Volleyball in Horseguard Parade where we normally see Trooping the Colour must have been electric.

    I'm still hoping to get to see the Olympic Park before I go away next week.

    Have a great weekend and here's to Christmas:)

  6. Lovely photos Will! I was there on Thursday and I absolutely loved it – great, fun atmosphere! Couldn't believe how different Horse Guards Parade & St James's Park looked – completely transformed! Off to the men's water polo tonight – should be fun. GO TEAM GB!

  7. So exciting! I love these images, and I just love that you got to see the beach volleyball. Of all the venues we've seen that might be my favorite. Good for you for taking advantage and having a blast!

  8. How wonderful you were able to attend one of the games at the Olympics!! How exciting? From your pictures we know you had a wonderful time!

  9. Totally jealous. Sounds amazing, and thank you for sharing the photos so I can feel a little what it was like;)
    Happy weekend Will!
    Anna

  10. so jealous!! I'm sure the festivity ad olympics spirit is over the moon exciting right now. Enjoy the game and the weekend you stylish gent in that outfit!

  11. Great! I am not that much into sport but I can imagine it is great to experience the atmosphere of such a worldwide event! It is a bit like the SAIL thing we have every 5 year in Amsterdam I am not into boot (either LOL) but it i amazing to go there!

    happy weekend
    desiree

  12. Amazed by your great pictures and deeply moved by sincere words. Usually I feel the same after watching basketball. Thanks!

  13. Yes! The beach volleyball setting is amazing – Big Ben? Check! London Eye? Check! Beach full of Olympians?! Check!!
    Awesome pics and I'm totally envious that you got tickets too 🙂
    Have been taking advantage of the tail end of my maternity leave by watching a LOT of Olympic c overage on the big screens in Hyde Park. I admit I was a little sceptical before (and still have my moments — Boris stuck on a zip line?!) but the atmosphere is so great, I am *loving* it!

    (and I now internally soundtrack most things I do with the Chariots of Fire theme.)

  14. Awwwww big hug back! It looks great fun and I wish I had been there:-)
    Have a great Sunday and hope the apartment is getting together just as you like it.
    XOXO

    Bea

  15. So glad you got to see it! I get a massive lump in my throat every time we get another mdeal and sing the national anthem, go team GB, so proud!

  16. Oh I'm so jealous Will!! How amazing to be there. We have been pretty glued to the screen here. I'm hoping for a few more Aussie golds this week…

    Abbey x

  17. Sounds like London is a pretty amazing place to be right now, the atmosphere must be electric! So wish I could be there too! Lucky you got to go to an event, I can't imagine how fun it must have been! xx

  18. Wow!! What an amazing life experience! Thanks for the reminder about how life is what you make it. I've been enjoying the games more than ever this year. It's also reminded me to strive for higher dreams. Thanks for sharing your life and style with us too, Will!

  19. Looks like you've had a fabulous time! I love the Olympics it is such a once in a lifetime experience. I am going to watch the handball semifinal on Thursday. Can't wait! The Scandi countries usually do well in handball so I am hoping at least on of them will be in the semifinal so I can cheer them on 🙂

  20. Ahh! How amazing! I've been glued to the TV all week soaking up every bit of the Olympics I can… I've never watched so much sport in all my life! It must fantastic to actually BE there! Cherio from Singapore 🙂

  21. I can absolutely feel the energy of London in these GREAT pics! I was just glued to the television yesterday, remarking how completely surreal it must've been for those Marathoners to be running through the historic streets of London. Just amazing stuff.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.