Dreading it? Or eagerly awaiting it? Whatever your stance, the Olympic Games have arrived in London. Whether you are looking for a way to beat the traffic effortlessly, or happy to endure it in the lap of luxury; CDClifestyle reveals the top five modes of transport to navigate the London 2012 Olympics traffic.
For the ultimate indulgence, nothing beats travelling across the capital by water. Prestigious Woods’ Silver Fleet is offering exclusive London 2012 Olympic packages to pleasure-seekers looking to see in the Olympics in style. The ‘Pier to Park’ opportunity fully utilises the navigable efficiency of the Thames. Woods’ Silver Fleet, in partnership with Water Chariots, provide an entirely waterborne, London 2012 Olympics traffic and hassle-free journey from central London Thames piers to the heart of the Olympic Park. Arrive in style, elegance and comfort, and at your own pace, at your own private waterside doorway to the Olympic Park. On the first leg of your journey you will be collected from a central London pier of your choice, and transported to Limehouse. Expect nothing less than plush interiors designed by Matthew Hilton, a state-of-the-art sound system, limited edition diamond dusted Damien Hurst art and cut crystal Swarovski luminaires. Oh and you’ll feast upon Fortnum & Mason nibbles. Be prepared to be greeted onto the second leg of your journey with a champagne reception on a teak-decked vessel, all the while enjoying your privacy in the most luxurious of conditions. Just hop off to watch your chosen event in the Olympic stadium. A return journey will cost you from £6950.00, and you can see the exact route and details for yourself on their website: www.silverfleet.co.uk
Despite being set up in 1995 as a convenient yet glamorous way for Branson to transport his Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers from airport to city, after a year long collaboration with its’ sister company, Virgin Limited Edition, April saw Virgin Limobike unveil a branded Necker Island and a Roof Gardens Limobike to the rest of London. Quick travel just got a whole lot more stylish. Calling upon the principles of speedy, sound and smart city transportation, the concept relies upon Yamaha FIR1300’s, exclusively fitted with a rear seat, autocom and phone to supply passengers with not only total confidence and ease, but also the ability to communicate with the driver whilst in transit. Effortlessly cool and stylishly chic, Virgin Limobikes will bypass the inevitable standstill Olympic traffic, ensuring you reach your destination promptly. With a typical journey time of 35 minutes from the Olympic Park in East London to The Roof Gardens in Kensington (Limobike’s palatial abode), to take a Virgin Limobike is not only quick, it’s the ultimate in self-decadent travel.
If you just can’t avoid sitting in Olympic induced traffic, why not find yourself sitting in the most comfortable conditions that money can buy, with a chauffeured car service. Quintessentially Driven boasts some of the most luxurious cars available, including their signature Jaguar XJ featuring DVD player with built-in television screens and remote control, surround sound in-car entertainment system, 4-zone climate controlled air-conditioning, 96cm of rear legroom, rear privacy blinds and black leather seats. The company also provides an extra selection of vehicles including Bentley Flying Spur, Mercedes Benz, BMW 7 Series and Range Rover. A truly effortless way to travel. www.quintessentiallydriven.com
Or why not take the wheel for yourself? Dream Car Hire offers an exclusive selection of the best self-drive cars for your own personal use. Command the city or experience the power of these magnificent vehicles by escaping to the countryside for the weekend. Choose from a selection of models from prestige makes such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche, all expertly kept and maintained, and drive around the city in some of the best cars in the world. With a selection like that you’ll gain more attention than the Games themselves. www.dreamcarhire.com
Want to keep your feet firmly off the ground? Travel the most exclusive and private way possible – by helicopter. Expect flight restrictions, but also anticipate stunning views of our country’s capital and the Olympic stadium from air. The Battersea Heliport serves the needs of business, individuals and VIPs wanting direct access to or from London without the need or the hassle of London’s busy roads. Offering direct access by helicopter all over the UK and to Europe, escape to near or far, travelling in style, comfort and luxury. There are some 100 private helicopter landing pads within 60 miles of central London in the grounds of luxury hotels or private mansions. If you want to stay close to the action, The Grove Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort in Hertfordshire is not only a tranquil retreat from London, but also a gateway to the city. Situated four miles north of Heathrow, with both overground and underground lines within a short taxi ride, in the palatial surroundings The Grove has to offer you will feel completely removed from London. With 330 acres of land the hotel is helicopter friendly when booked in advance, so whether you are escaping London or flying in from afar, The Grove has everything you could possibly need. www.thegrove.co.uk / www.charter-a.com/