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HORSE GUARDS PARADE - Located on the Prime Minister’s doorstep in central London, Horse Guards Parade provides an iconic location for the London 2012 Beach Volleyball competition. This temporary arena has been constructed for the London 2012 Games, with a capacity similar to Wimbledon’s Centre Court. A total of 5,000 tonnes of sand is being brought in from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey, to create the capital’s very own 'beach’.

Spectators take their seats at Horse Guards Parade On Day 1 of the Games, Horse Guards Parade fills with spectators for the Beach Volleyball competition.

The Band of The Blues & Royals playing at the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball Venue at Horse Guards Parade.

The Band of The Blues & Royals playing at the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball Venue at Horse Guards Parade.

Crowds watch beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade in London (Pic: BBC) "Frivolity and the heart of power": Is beach volleyball just near Whitehall taking the UK by storm? http://www.economist.com/blogs/blighty/2012/07/olympic-beach-volleyball

Phew what a scorcher

The Welsh Cavalry had no complaints when they were offered the security role for Olympic beach volleyball, says their commanding officer.

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Horse Guards Parade looking stunning for the beach volleyball. Photo by Mike King

Horse Guards Parade looking stunning for the beach volleyball. Photo by Mike King

The Band of The Blues & Royals playing "The Final Countown" at the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball Venue at Horse Guards Parade.

The Band of The Blues & Royals playing "The Final Countown" at the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball Venue at Horse Guards Parade.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round between Switzerland and Greece on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the Women's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round between Switzerland and Greece on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

London Olympic Stadium, London E20, Populous  Like it or not, the centrepiece of the Olympic Village is arguably the most significant construction to be finished this year. With its 900m circumference, the stadium is vast, and Populous have integrated rain water collection technology into the arena, as well as using PVC (to make the roof) and light steel in the build, to keep the costs, and the environmental impact down.

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Overcast: Clouds gather over the beach volleyball which took place at Horse Guards Parade

Spectators at Olympic tennis and equestrian events get a taste of British weather as storm hits the South East

Beach volleyball babes were treated to a true taste of British summer today. But the home crowd were given reason to cheer as British pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney stormed to victory.

London 2012 beach volleyball venue at Horse Gaurds Parade.. Wish I was good enough to play in the olympics!

Beach volleyball? It's fun and flesh (and there's lots of it!)

The Olympic Stadium is lit up during the Opening Ceremony

View striking Olympic Photos of London 2012 - see the best athletes, medal-winning performances and top Olympic Games moments.

Beach volleyball will take over the historic Horse Guards Parade during the Olympics<3 gorgeous!

Caple: May-Treanor, Walsh together again for another shot at gold

Beach volleyball will take over the historic Horse Guards Parade during the gorgeous!

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