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The best open air and quirky venues to watch the Olympics

Everyone can watch the Olympics at home, but what fun is that? Why not watch them outside or go somewhere new? Here are our favourite spots.


The Olympics is kicking off tomorrow and so begins 16 days of sports. Understandably, you may want to watch it in the company of many other people so here are some of the spots that we recommend you try out to catch the 2016 Olympic Games. 

Open air venues 


Beach East

Beach East is one of the official fan zones for Olympics fans in London and they have really pushed the boat out after a very successful year last year. They have turned the London 2012 Olympic park into the Copacabana, with 2,200 square metres of sand, multiple bars to buy refreshments and two big, outdoor screens to watch the Rio Games and more attractions, including funfair rides and pools. This is the place to go for a day out with the option to watch the Games if you want to.

You don’t have to pay to get in, but the rides have individual prices and the pools require a ticket too. For the pool, entry for adults is £2 and for kids aged 3-12 it is £1 (kids under 3 go for free). You will get a voucher worth your ticket fee that takes that amount off the price of rides or food at drink at certain places.

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London Bridge City Summer Festival 

Another one of Team GB’s official fan zones in London. The London Bridge City Summer Festival is London’s largest free festival and is on throughout the summer. They have music, movies, street food, beer, cocktails, fitness events and street performers. During the Olympics they’ll be showing plenty of the action whilst the festival roles on. There will be screens that you can sit at to watch the 2016 Games and plenty of places to get food or have a break from the action with a dance and a cocktail.

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Rio in Dalston

Rio in Dalston is a little bit more unique as far as a place to watch the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There will be a roaming screen showing the events as they happen, but the rest of the time there will be Brazilian Music and food available, a celebration dedicated to the first ever Refugee Athletics team. There will also be sporting events, such as basketball, races and they will also have a Muhammed Ali tribute night.

The opening night will cost £5 before 10pm, then £7. After that, a lot of the events will be free so you can easily join in the fun.

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Summer of Sport

This summer has had an incredible amount of great sport on. Wimbledon, the European Championship and the Golf Open Championships among others. One of those others is, of course, the Olympics. There is a space filled with deck chairs for you to relax and watch all of the action. Even if there isn’t room on the deck chairs, you can see the screens from around the area. Better yet, it’s free.

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Celebrate Summer

Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm there will be a screen outside Paddington Central, in the centre of London, showing the Olympics. You can bring a chair, a picnic and sit in the sun just watching the biggest international sports event in the world. What makes this one different is that there is a focus on healthy living, and Australian eatery Beany Green will be cooking up breakfast and brunch. Oh, and you don’t have to pay a penny to watch.

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Bars and Pubs


Water Poet

The Water Pot is one of the best Pub’s in London, and was considered one of the best venues in England to watch Euro 2016. Luckily for all of us, they will be televising the Olympics every day that it is on. They sell a great selection of craft beers and they have a pretty good looking menu. They have nine screens but get there early as it’ll probably be busy!

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The Maple Leaf London

The only Canadian pub in London is quite the spot to soak in all sport. It has a great atmosphere and has an amazing menu of signature bar food like chicken wings, ribs and burgers, along with some Canadian dishes. Of course they have alcohol too. They’ll be televising the Olympics when they can. If you’re Canadian and you’re looking for a home bar to watch the games, or if you’re not Canadian but you’re looking for a new place to watch sports, head to The Maple Leaf.

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Nordic Bar 

This Scandinavian bar is a great spot. It’s vibrant, unique and they’re showing the Olympics. They sell a variety of Scandinavian drinks, including beers, wines, spirits and their signature cocktails. What’s more, they have a great looking menu with plenty to choose from. So if you’re feeling a unique, international night out to watch the Olympics, head to Nordic Bar.

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Temple Brew House 

This has got to be near the top of your list of places to go to watch the Olympics. Can you imagine sitting in a pub, watching the Olympics with a pint that was brewed literally 15ft away from the tap, how great is that?! They also have a variety of global beers that you might not have heard of so it will make for a truly unique experience when it comes to watching sports.

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Belushis London Bridge

The self-proclaimed “home of international sports” is pushing out the boat for the Olympics. The bar/late night club will have their entire basement floor dedicated to the Olympics with several large HD screens and a projector. They also have a ‘Man Cave’ that you can book out for you and some friends.

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Bluebird 

If you’re looking for more of a relaxed and classy viewing experience of the Olympics, then head down the Bluebird in Chelsea. They will have a big screen set up on their patio, giving all customers and diners a chance to sit with their meal and glass of wine or champagne whilst watching Team GB build from an impressive showing four years ago in London.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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