Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade
Beach Volleyball on the Prime Minister’s doorstep. Who would have thought it?

Key Facts

Sport: Beach Volleyball
Capacity: 15,000
New or existing?: New, temporary

About Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade dates from 1745 and takes its name from the soldiers who have provided protection for the monarch since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

The parade ground lies at the heart of London’s ceremonial life, and hosts the Trooping of the Colour event that takes place on the Queen’s official birthday each year.


Horse Guards Parade lies at the heart of Whitehall, the political centre of the UK. It is close to Downing Street and across St James’ Park from Buckingham Palace.

It is a short walk from Trafalgar Square and easy to get to by tube, bus or on foot from the city centre.

Getting ready

A temporary arena will be built in 2012 for 15,000 spectators, with sand brought in to create London’s very own 'beach’.

After the Games

The temporary facilities will be taken down after the Games.