Thursday 26 July 2012

Pop-up Olympic National Venues in London

Several nations are opening special centres where fans can go and watch and celebrate together.  Here are a few:

UK & Global - House of Nations
Tower of London & King’s Cross
THESE pop-up venues at two iconic London locations will feature giant screens showing all the action, plus food and drink and themed entertainment.
King’s Cross will be the place for post-Olympic parties, thanks to its 3am licence, with top DJs including Ollie Humphreys and Zeb Wayne.
Details: Open daily 10am-3am (King’s Cross) and 11am-11pm (Tower) from July 27 to August 12. Entry from £20.
Map - Kings Cross
Map - Tower of London

Holland Heineken House
Alexandra Palace
Heineken Holland House will have medal ceremonies for Dutch athletes, plus shops, restaurants and cafes. There will also be the chance to take part in various sports either in person or via computer wizardry.
Details: Open daily 10am-1.30am from July 26 to August 12. Entry from £10. See

Russia Sochi Park
Kensington Gardens
Sochi park ... venue is named after the Russian national park
The Russian ski resort will host the Winter Games in 2014 and a host of 4D technology here will make you feel like you’re on the slopes. There will also be picnic zones, performance spaces and exhibitions of Russian culture.
Details: Open daily 10am-9.30pm from July 26 to August 12. Entry from £18

Jamaica House
The O2
WITH Jamaica celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence, the O2 will get a Caribbean makeover for the Olympics.
The house will celebrate the nation’s history and culture, alongside the Respect Jamaica 50 Music festival.
Details: Open 4pm-midnight from August 3 to 12. Free entry

Africa Village
Kensington Gardens
DISCOVER Africa from the comfort of Kensington Gardens as 53 of the continent’s countries will be represented at this mammoth exhibition. Nigerian musicians, Tunisian singers, Ethiopan drummers, three bands from Morocco and a famous Sengalese artist will all appear on stage.
Details: Open 9am-10.30pm from July 27 to August 12. Free entry.

Irish Olympic House
The Big Chill, King’s Cross
ENJOY the craic at the Irish Olympic House at The Big Chill – a pub opened by the team behind the festival. There’ll be action on big screens, a terrace barbecue and the chance to buy VIP tickets that include the chance to meet Irish athletes, an open bar, gourmet buffet and private area on the roof terrace.
Details: Open daily from 10am-2am, July 27 to August 12. Tickets £10 if bought before 6pm, then £15.


Austria House - Tower Hill

Belgium House - Inner Temple

Casa Brasil - Somerset House

Czech House - Islington

Imagine Denmark - St Katherine's Dock

French Olympic Village - Old Billingsgate

German House - Museum of Docklands

Kiwi House - Central St Martin's College, King's Cross

House of Switzerland - London Bridge

Casa Italia - Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre

Japan in London - Arigato - including a pop-up Saki Bar - County Hall

Scotland House - Pall Mall

Link 1 - Article in The Sun
Link 2 - Addresses
Link 3 - More information

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