Germany and France set up base for London 2012
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
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November 23 - Germany and France have both concluded deals for their hospitality bases during the London 2012 Olympics.
The Museum of London Docklands will host the DOSB (German Olympic Sports Confederation) while Old Billingsgate will be home to the French Olympic Committee.
They join Brazil in concluding a deal for London 2012, who earlier this year announced that they would be based at Somerset House, turning it into "Casa Brazil" as Rio de Janeiro prepares to follow Britain and host the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
German House is where the DOSB and its sponsors provide VIP hospitality and meeting facilities for their guests and is always one of the most popular venues at any Games.
The Museum, which tells the story of the emergence of London's Docks from Roman times to the present day, will stay open throughout the Olympics.
The listed Georgian warehouse, built to store sugar from the West India, has seen a major increase in visitor numbers since becoming free to enter earlier this year.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome the first Olympic house to the Olympic Boroughs," said Museum of London Docklands director Professor Jack Lohman.
"This partnership will bring lasting benefits to the Museum of London Docklands including upgrades to the building, international links with Stories of the World – the London 2012 cultural festival for young people, and relationship-building with German businesses.
"As a publicly funded organisation, these benefits are both extremely valuable and timely."
Old Billingsgate claim that "the essence of France will be brought to the venue for an entire month with nightly celebrations for their hoped medal successes".
Based in the Victorian building that was formerly Billingsgate Fish Market, the Grade II listed building is now one of London's most popular entertainment venues.
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