If like most of us you won’t be able to make it to Rio this summer, why not take a trip down memory lane and the dazzling summer of 2012 when London hosted the games? Although London was the official host, venues around the country saw sporting action and many of them have new attractions to enjoy in the summer of ‘16.
The Olympic Stadium
While Mo Farah, Usain Bolt et al aren’t due back here until the 2017 World Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium is now the new home of West Ham United. Having been converted to a multipurpose venue it will also be the focal point of an array of sporting feats and concerts.
Luxury hospitality at the stadium comes in the form of the new Club London. Members can enjoy some of the Stadium's best views, stunning views across London, luxury seating and facilities and some of the finest food on offer from world-leading chefs.
Riding the slide
Designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, Britain’s tallest sculpture has been a striking fixture as records were broken in the Olympic Park. While the landmark has been a great vantage point for visitors to go and see panoramic vistas of London since it opened, the Arcelormittal Orbit has upped the ante by opening the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide.
During the 178 metre, 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the structure! Open to the public, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is also available for private events space and can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Take a break on the lake
Tired of the frantic pace of the city? Take a trip to Dorney Lake, which was the Olympic rowing venue four years ago. Set in scenic parkland just outside Windsor, the beautiful lake hosted 30 Olympic and Paralympic medal events.
Owned and managed by Eton College, the Dorney Lake offers meeting facilities which provide a tranquil setting for away days, team building events and conferences - a beautiful alternative to London’s venues.
Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour
Part of the stunning Jurassic Coast, Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour provided the backdrops for sailing events in the summer of 2012. As well as the gorgeous coastline, the area is home to several beautiful historic sites, one of these being Portland Castle which overlooks the harbour.
One of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, it was built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out where history aficionados can learn about the castle's 450 year history.
Its Upper Great Hall and Tudor Kitchen are two of the castle’s intimate event spaces where guests can enjoy a night to remember.