Tanned and toned athletes in eye-popping outfits will compete for Olympic medals outside the British prime minister's famous Downing Street home, but it's government workers, not the U.K. leader, who will get the VIP view.
Who doesn't want to see beach volleyball, which is bringing sand, bikinis and gold medals to the heart of London?
Competitors known for their skimpy shorts and bikinis will battle it out in Horse Guards Parade, a storied square in Britain's capital better known for hosting a lavish annual military parade featuring hundreds of troops in scarlet jackets and bearskin hats.
The parade ground is flanked by the Downing Street residences of both Prime Minister David Cameron and Treasury chief George Osborne, and Admiralty House, the office of Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Yet a temporary arena to seat 15,000 spectators will obscure most views from their departments.