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Olympics unearth foreign delights: Where should you go to fulfil a food and wine lover’s dream?

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Picture courtesy of houseofswitzerland.org

Continuing with the Olympic theme, there seems to have been some kind of Olympic food and wine revolution that has swept across London. With participants and representatives from a plethora of countries around the world, what better time to showcase the wares of each nation?

Of course included in this ‘revolution’ that has descended on the capital for the summer is wine from many of the countries. Many of these ‘houses’ for each nation’s Olympic teams are nestled at the heart of some of the cultural centres and markets of the capital and must surely not just do wonders for the local economy, but also for the communities in these areas. So where are they?

Switzerland: Nestled in Glasier’s Hall in the heart of Borough market (nearest tube London Bridge) is the official house of the Swiss team. Serving up everything form rösti to fondue, a glass of Swiss Chablais also doesn’t go amiss. Borough market is a hip and bustling place; a kind of creative quarter nestled underneath the railway arches of London Bridge aone not to miss! If you fancy picking up a decent bottle pop by to the Wine Pantry (@WinePantry) and pick up an excellent bottle in an excellent enclave.

Germany: Have taken over the Museum of London in the Docklands to showcase their club vibes. No doubt the building is now more akin to 80s Hamburg, however this official German House is a short walk from the German VIP ship currently moored in Canary Wharf. Again food and culture are the name of the game, and no doubt an excellent Reisling is on offer both in the building and on the VIP boat (nearest tube/DLR Canary Wharf)

Ireland: Trust the Irish to have made their house in the basement of a pub! Apparently they’ve changed it into mock up of Father Ted’s house. The pub itself, (the Big Chill House in Kings Cross) is an excellent venue (take it from me, I lived next to it for two years). With an Irish themed basement and a roof top terrace what more would you want to celebrate winning medals in style. Just a couple of minutes walk from Kings Cross tube and not a bad wine list too. Live music Friday and weekends too but £10 entry throughout the course of the Olympics .

Nigeria: Have taken up residence in the Stratford theatre Royal just a stones throw from the venue. Take a short walk from Stratford station to Nigeria House and get a real idea of Nigerian Culture

So it would seem that London is really a food and wine paradise for all. I’ll certainly be out and about and looking out for more, but in the meantime enjoy the party all!

In the meantime..

Sante!

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About philipgerhardt

I suppose my interest in wine and drink started after those initial supervised sips during dinners with my parents at a young age. As the years have passed a glass of wine has become my guilty pleasure, however sometimes trying to see past a verbose label on the rear of the bottle can be a bit of a headache. I therefore felt I needed to de-construct some of the language used to describe (and market) wine whilst finding out more about drink on level that you or I can understand! Hopefully all of this will be whilst having a bit of fun and extending all of our understanding of the drinks industry as a whole

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