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Eyes on the prize: where to watch the Olympics

Posted at 10:00 am, July 31, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics
House of Nations

It’s going to be quite easy for all you sports fans out there to become recluses over the next few weeks. With our TVs being flooded with heart-stopping events, a sea of tourists on the streets and the local pub full to bursting, your sofa may seem like heaven during the Games but we can assure you, there’s more to watching the Olympics than a TV dinner and your onesie. To help avoid a city of hermits, we’ve put together a list of some of London’s best pop-up locations to watch the Games on the big screen… Carly-Ann Clements

Maddox Beach
Who needs tickets to the Games when you can sprawl out on a beach overlooking the Olympic stadium? Luxury Mayfair club Maddox has invaded Forman’s Fish Island and brought a taste of St Tropez to east London. The indoor bar will be screening every minute of the live events and if it all gets a bit too much, there’s an outdoor beach with a volleyball court, sun loungers and palm trees to boot. Tickets start at £25.

The House of Nations (above)
Two pop-up venues, two iconic locations, one promise – a bloomin’ good time. What screams British pride more than a world famous landmark like, say, Tower Bridge? And thanks to House of Nations, you can enjoy a glass of Pimms and watch the Games on giant screens around the venue. If history isn’t your thing then maybe try their central location. With some of the easiest transport connections in London, King’s Cross is the ideal location for their second venue which will not only be showing the Games but will transform into a party hub after coverage finishes. Entrance starts from £10.

The Fringe
Want to have a proper blow out to celebrate your favourite event? Head to The Fringe private pop-up members club. With tickets ranging from £25-150, this exclusive club offers four floors of restaurants, bars and screens for a truly luxurious Olympic experience.

The Calf
Can’t handle the heat this summer? This ski cabin-esque pop-up bar in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre might be more your scene. Okay, so it may not actually be cooler but it is conveniently located so that all you sports fans can watch the Games guiltlessly while your partner takes advantage of the shops only metres away.

Roundhouse Beach
Fancy more of a chilled out beach experience? Camden’s Roundhouse has transformed its outside terrace into a sandy shore with free entry, boules, ping pong and a marquee to watch the Olympics and hide from the potential (and quite probable) rain. Grab some food and a drink, sit back in one of the many deck chairs soaking in some much needed vitamin D and enjoy a proper seasisde experience.

The Book Club Basecamp

If you’re missing all the street parties and frivolities of the Jubilee celebrations, you’re in luck as The Book Club with be hosting its own 17 day, free outdoor extravaganza in the car park on Leonards Street. During the Olympics, ‘The Book Club Basecamp’ will be getting sporty with giant topiaries, neon light installations, all-day screenings of the Games and far more than we can fit into one blog post.

Check out more viewing locations in our guide to London’s big Olympic screens.

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