With the Rio Olympics set to kick off on Friday 5 August 2016, The Resident seeks out London’s best spots for watching all the sporting action. If the weather chooses to mimic that of host nation Brazil, then head for one of our top eight open-air big screens. On rainy days, head for one of our top six indoor venues… Go Team GB!
1 SUSHISAMBA, The City
SUSHISAMBA is gearing up for the Rio 2016 Olympics with live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies on 5 and 21 August, as well as Brazilian-inspired cocktails and cuisine at smile-worthy prices. The 39th floor bar, lounge and Tree Terrace is the perfect place to experience the best in Brazilian hospitality – with spectacular views thrown in as an added bonus. The menu includes Yellowtail nigiri with coconut and lime alongside cocktails such as the Kaffirinha, a fragrant and powerful take on a Brazilian classic – Kaffir lime leaves infused in Abelha cachaça, churned with lime and sugar.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com
2 Beach East, Stratford
BeachEast is one of two Official Fanzones for this year’s Rio Olympics – the other is at The Scoop in London Bridge. Beach East, Stratford’s answer to Copacabana beach with 2,200 sq m of sand, is home to the largest Fanzone in the UK. Running from 6-21 August 2016, the zone will have live coverage of the Games at selected times, plus the chance to share to participate in some Olympic sports, all in the shadow of the home to the London 2012 Games. Entry to BeachEast is £2 (kids aged 3-12, £1). There is no additional charge for the Fanzone.
Stratford Waterfront, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park E15 2DU; beacheast.co.uk
3 Paddington Central
Throughout August, spectators are invited to relax in deck chairs under the sun to watch the world’s greatest athletes go for gold at Paddington Central’s open-air big screen. In keeping with the sporting theme, celebrations will have a strong focus on health and wellbeing, with virtuous breakfast and brunch offerings from Australian eatery Beany Green. For those feeling inspired by what’s going on across the globe, every Tuesday free yoga classes will be held on The Floating Classroom on the Grand Union Canal, which couples the balancing and focusing effects of water – the perfect summer exercise session.
Paddington Central, 1A Sheldon Square W2 6PY; paddingtoncentral.com
4 The Refinery Bankside
Until 31 August, The Refinery Bankside will be screening the Olympics on a super-sized outdoor screen at the Great British Summer pop-up terrace, in partnership with Bacardi. The terrace, adorned with palm-trees and relaxing deck chairs, will transport you to a Latin-American themed holiday hot-spot with chequered wooden tables that double-up as one of South-America’s favourite board games – draughts – and The Refinery’s tropical-themed Bacardi cocktails.
110 Southwark Street SE1 OTF; therefinerybar.co.uk
5 Pop Fields, Brixton
Pop Brixton’s sports field will be showing the highlights of the Rio Olympics for the duration. There will be summer specials offered from the surrounding Pop Brixton restaurant community, including numerous street food kiosks to provide fresh food as well as local Brixton brewery setting up shop for the summer. Pop Fields will run until the end of September and is open daily from 8am to 9.30pm Monday to Sunday, with longer hours on game days.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
6 Exchange Square, Broadgate
Experience a sporting summer at Broadgate, with all the action aired in Exchange Square until September. Broadgate’s giant open-air screen has once again popped up for the summer, showcasing a variety of sporting events including the Olympics. The big screen will be on every day of the Olympics, with the action kicking off on Saturday 6 August when the Opening Ceremony will be screened from 9am-1pm. For a full schedule of events see broadgate.co.uk/summerscreen
7 Regent’s Place, North London
Running throughout the summer, Regent’s Place has an action packed series of free, interactive events plus a giant open-air screen pop-up showing the Olympics until the end of August. Free events throughout the summer will offer something to suit all tastes, from ontrend HIIT classes to giant games tailored to groups of friends and MILK’s beauty pop-ups. On 20 August, the Rio Family Fun Day hosts Brazilian dance classes, the chance for kids to make a carnival-themed headress, a bouncy castle, space hopper races and penalty shoot, as well as Brazilian street food. The Olympics highlights will be shown on the big screen throughout the day (1pm-5pm).
8 Merchant Square, Paddington
From Friday 5 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, head to the lawn area at Merchant Square, Paddington to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics on the big screen. From wrestling to long jump and everything in-between, catch your favourite sports at lunchtime or stay after work to enjoy a drink and watch all the action. Show your support in the comfort of your own deckchair, with a Caipirinha in hand, of course.
1 The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
The Cinnamon Club, London’s iconic modern Indian restaurant from Executive Chef Vivek Singh, will be going for gold with a selection of Olympics-inspired cocktails for guests to enjoy whilst watching the games live from The Cinnamon Club Bar. Housed in the stunning Grade II-listed Old Westminster library, The Cinnamon Club’s Olympic cocktails will run alongside the games throughout August, specially created to mirror the five colours of the Olympic rings. Highlights include the Blue (The High Dive with fresh blueberries and raspberries topped with Champagne and served with a hibiscus rim), Red (The Fiery Torch with tequila, fresh mint, fresh lime and spiced vanilla, topped with cranberry juice) and Green (Terrific Tri-apple-on with Zubrowka vodka, apple sake, fresh line and apple juice).
Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street SW1P 3BU; 020 7222 2555; cinnamonclub.com
2 Cocobananas at Bunga Bunga, Battersea
In honour of the Rio Olympics, Battersea’s hit pizzeria, bar and karaoke venue Bunga Bunga will transform Cocobananas, its first floor beach shack bar, into an Olympic-themed pop-up with an Olympic-themed cocktail menu, Brazilian-inspired food menu, Samba dancers and a Caipirinha bar. The Cocobananas Olympic pop-up will be decked out with the flags of Brazil, palm trees, banana leaves, beach balls, exotic flowers and colourful lounge chairs, and will host an official Olympics opening ceremony party on Friday 5 August and closing ceremony on Sunday 21 August with a Brazilian-inspired Supper club hosted by talented Natalie Salmon, The Latina Cook.
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; 020 7590 3603; cocobananas-london.com
3 The Latchmere, Battersea
The Latchmere is feeling the Brazilian vibe this summer. In homage to the Rio Olympics, the pub is hosting a rum and cachaca pop up bar in the beer garden from 12- 14 August (what’s set to be Team GB’s most successful sporting weekend), with caipirinhas, caipiroskas, Brazilian cervejas and BBQ street food. All the sporting action will be on plasma screens outside and inside the pub. All pubs in the Three Cheers group (apart from The Bolingbroke) will also be showing the Olympics where they can, inlcuding The Rosendale in West Dulwich, The Tommyfield in Kennington and The Avalon in Balham.
503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW; 020 7223 3549; thelatchmere.co.uk
4 The Arch London, Marylebone
Now sporting fans can hire The Arch London’s Whitehall Suite or Martini Library for private screenings of the Rio Olympics 2016, from 5 August-21 August. Private screenings at the five-star hotel cost from £60pp, including refreshments, and can be booked for a minimum of 15 guests. The sporting events will be shown on a state-of-the-art 52” flat-screen LCD television or a 106” drop down projector screen. Guests will be invited into the hotel’s Whitehall or Martini Library and welcomed with a glass of wine of beer and a selection of snacks – olives, home-made crisps, mini burgers and mini fish and chips or Hunter burgers served with fries.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD; 020 7724 4700; thearchlondon.com
5 The Alexandra, Wimbledon
The sports bar at The Alex boasts a big screen and HD plasmas to ensure you don’t miss any of your favourite sports at the Rio Olympic Games. Take in the action at the Maracanã Stadium, along with a pint and one or two of the pub’s signature homemade sausage rolls and traditional pub grub. If it all gets a bit heated as the Games commence, you can head up to the roof terrace to cool down or soak up some rays.
33 Wimbledon Hill Road SW19 7NE; 020 8947 7691; alexandrawimbledon.com
6 The Wandle, Earlsfield
Earlsfield is a haven for sports fans with added bonuses such as a ping pong table and a decked beer garden. The menu is all about steaks, chops and sharing platters and there’s a mean wine list. We like the Picpoul de Pinet and the Sancerre. If it’s a chilly evening, you can enjoy sport on TV screens from the comfort of heated private booths. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, kick back, relax and be transported all the way to Rio.
332 Garratt Lane, Earslfield SW18 4EJ; 020 8874 4209; wandleearlsfield.com