Slovakia’s national hospitality house, alternately called Slovak House and Slovak Meeting Point, will allow you to see the best of Slovakia at this free London 2012 Olympic attraction. We will be live blogging from Slovakia House throughout the Games, plus we have all the essential information you need to plan your visit below.
Sunday, 5 August
6:00pm Pretty full but still a little space for revelry. Good place to come with a group for diner-style food and a social atmosphere to drink and watch the day’s big events. It’s just across the road from Monaco House too, where you can take in the culture of the Olympic torch collection if you’re so inclined. Great spot, too, for anyone off to beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade, plus Trafalgar Square is close by too. Quite a busy area to keep you entertained all day. I do appear to have missed the music today, it’s quite frequent but I haven’t timed it right.
5:45pm Haymarket place welcomes me tonight for some more Olympics and a nice casual atmosphere. Giant screen and a lot of smaller ones in this sports cafe. It’s not surprising to see the sport so well covered here. Seating areas for everyone to watch loads of different events. I’m a big fan of the mini TVs built into the walls of the table-booths for those getting some grub.
Tuesday, 31 July
13:00 Come down to the Slovak Meeting Point today and hear some good Slovak music with AMC TRIO, who will be performing at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. The Slovaks also have another meeting place at Great Portland St. Called ‘SOFA Zone’, were amongst other things you can enjoy a Slovakian buffet between 4pm and 7pm.
12:25 If you want to soak up the Olympic action with a good drink then the Slovak Meeting Point at the Sports Cafe is a good spot. There is a big screen and another 12 small screens showing Slovakian athletes in action. There are a number of options on the beverage menu including cocktail jugs, wines, beer jugs and 5 bottle buckets. These are all in the price range of between £12 and £20. There is also a good food menu of nachos, chicken wings, steaks, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches with an average price of around £8.
Where is it: 80 Haymarket, City of Westminster
Nearest tube: Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
Hours: Open to the public every day between 12pm and 10pm
Watching the Games: Large television screens throughout the site
Highlights: ‘Slovakia’s Got Talent’ winners Old School Brothers performing hip-hop dance and break dance. The ‘SLOVACTORS’ theattre troupe to perform daily. Several Slovakian musical acts.
Restrictions: From 10pm till 3am, free entry requires a Slovak passport, national ID card or driver’s licence.