Rio Lounge, Brazil Embassy
What better place to soak up the spirit of the Rio Olympics than the Brazilian Embassy? Throughout the course of the Games, the host nation’s diplomatic headquarters are opening their doors free of charge to the British public with the Rio Lounge. Sports fans can relax in a large reception room and watch the 31st Olympiad unfold live on five large-screen TVs; learn more about what to see and do in the Rio de Janeiro state; and sample Brazilian cuisine and drinks at regular tastings, from cakes and Brazilian coffee to Amazon beer.
Merchant Square, Paddington
Head down to Merchant Square for a canal-side slice of the Olympic action — perfect for a quick lunchtime pit stop for office workers or just a lazy day on the lawn. Deckchairs are spread out by the big screen, which will be showing the Olympics every day, while plenty of Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, are on hand to get you into the festivities.
It may be no match for Rio’s sumptuous stretches of beach, but Londoners can find the next best thing at BeachEast, a tropical-themed paradise with over 2,200 square meters of sand and the largest official Team GB FanZone in the UK — where else would it be, but the Olympics former home? Live coverage of the Games will be showing on a big screen, while a huge paddling pool, funfair, and beach bars provide a seaside-esque feel. Visitors can also get involved in a range of Olympic sports; all in the shadow of London’s own Olympic stadium.
St Katharine Docks
Continuing the Summer of Sport which has already seen Wimbledon and the Golf Open Championships, the big screen down at St Katharine Docks will be screening the Olympics (as well as the odd bit of cricket) throughout August. Pull up a deck chair in this pretty marina just next to the Tower of London and enjoy a drink with a spot of sporting entertainment, then head to one of the many surrounding restaurants afterwards.
The Scoop, More London Riverside
The second Official Team GB FanZone in London, More London are including Olympic-themed activities as part of their ongoing London Bridge Summer Festival. They’ll be hosting sporting events along the London Riviera by City Hall — you can try your hand at judo, table tennis, cycling and equestrian sports — and showing live coverage from Rio in The Scoop, a sunken, outdoor amphitheatre with stunning views of Tower Bridge.
Rio in Dalston
A range of cultural and sporting events to celebrate the ‘taking part’ spirit of the Olympics is flooding Dalston this August, with a 17-day festival organised by a grass roots collective of local businesses and community members. The festival is designed to put the diversity of both the Olympics and Dalston on centre stage, with a roaming big screen and special screenings dedicated to the refugee team, a Muhammad Ali tribute night, sporting activities, performances and Brazilian street food and drink; all demonstrating how the ‘universal languages of sport and culture can bring people together’.