When the summer games arrive in London, the city will not only play host to the finest athletes on the planet; its streets will overflow with passionate spectators from across the globe and many countries will stage events across the capital, celebrating their cultures and joining in the world’s party.
Many of these countries will host official “houses”, a party atmosphere set in parks and pavilions featuring a feast of food, drink, music and art from around the world. Africa House in Kensington Gardens, the Heineken Holland House in Alexandra Palace and Casa Brasil in Somerset House, among many others, will open their doors for three weeks of revelry, and allow even those without event tickets to the Games to drink in the atmosphere…literally.
Another top Games-time venue promises to be the “House of Nations” at Kings Cross. The pop-up bar and club will be perfect for those wanting to get in the thick of the action. Located directly opposite the Javelin trains that will transport passengers to the Olympic Park in just seven minutes, it represents a perfect meeting place for ticketholders, and a top destination for those without tickets.
Offering a wide range of food from around the world, the Art Deco destination is showing all the Olympic action on their big screens and will offer some of the best nightlife in the city during the Games — with a packed schedule of top-class DJs and a well-stocked bar open until 3 a.m.
And while many of the ‘Olympic Houses’, including the Irish House the nearby Big Chill Bar, will be must-see destinations, the House of Nations not only has the advantage of incorporating all nations under one roof, it also provides options to avoid the lengthy queues that will be commonplace elsewhere.
VIP tables, Gold season passes and Silver daily passes guarantee entry to the 900-person venue before 2 a.m., and a place in the express entrance lane. Starting at £35+VAT, they are excellent value. Alternatively, you can pay £20 at the door, and while you might have to wait a little longer for a beer, this unique venue will be worth the wait. Enjoy it while it lasts.