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Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, 2012|©Dave Catchpole/Flickr

Where To Watch The Olympics In London

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Updated: 30 August 2016
The Olympics may no longer be in London in body, but they certainly are in spirit, as our city gears up once more to celebrate all things sport. If there’s one thing Rio is known for, it’s a carnival spirit. So turn off the television and get to one of the many brilliant public spaces around the city, where you can catch all the live action from Rio and cheer on Team GB in an immersive, festive environment — Brazilian cocktail in hand, of course.

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.

14-16 Cockspur St, London SW1Y 5BL,  +44 20 7747 4500

The Rio Lounge|Couresy of the Embassy of Brazil

The Rio Lounge|Couresy of the Embassy of Brazil


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.

Harbet Road, London, W2 1B

Caipirinhas at Merchant Square|Courtesy of Sister London

Caipirinhas at Merchant Square|Courtesy of Sister London


BeachEast, Stratford

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.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST, +44 800 072 2110

Beach + #Olympics Lush ☀️ #TeamGB 🇬🇧

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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.

St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA, +44 20 7264 5312

Courtesy of St Katharine Docks

Courtesy of St Katharine Docks


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.

Queen’s Walk, More London, London SE1 2DB, +44 20 7403 4866

Rio comes to London! Fab atmosphere at the team GB fanzone!

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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’.

Gillett Square, N16 8JH

Vortex Jazz Bar in Gillett Square|Courtesy of RioinDalston

Vortex Jazz Bar in Gillett Square|Courtesy of RioinDalston