The Masion de Monaco has opened its doors to the public for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II will be welcoming guests and Olympic dignitaries to this illustrious location set in the heart of London in Haymarket.
Prince Albert is himself a former Olympic bobsleigher, having competed for the Principality in the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988), Albertville (1992), Lillehammer (1994), Nagano (1998) and Salt Lake City (2002). In fact, the prince is not the only former Olympian in his family. His wife HRH Princess Charlene, who will also be in London for the Games, competed with the South African swimming team in the 4×100 meter medley at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Guests will have the opportunity to view Prince Albert’s personal collection of Olympic torches dating from the 1936 Berlin games to the present day. Each torch is displayed in a glass case with an image illustrating the final torch bearer for each Olympic year. With only one room, the Maison is a modest affair compared to other houses, but it certainly doesn’t lack in colour . A swirling metal sculpture twists around the room, and the venue also features paint in the colours of the Olympic rings and a short film projected in the far corner.
The Masion de Monaco is located just a two minute short walk from Piccadilly Circus Underground station, which is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, inside the former Burberry building in Haymarket. Admission is free from 10am until 7pm each day.