Fish and chips before the 'pub'? A look at London 2012's Olympic Village

by On July 16, the Athletes Village in Stratford, East London will open for business. It will be a home-from-home for around 17,000 Olympic athletes, 6,000 paralympians and officials from 203 nations during London 2012.

And it has a uniquely British feel to it – from the 'pub' to the food on offer.

Covering 36 hectares, the Village features living quarters that have been designed with simplicity and comfort in mind.

Bare white walls and laminate flooring are brightened by splashes of colour – from blue curtains and brightly coloured sofas to sports-themed bed spreads.

Competitors will dine in a huge 225 x 80m tent – which is large enough to accommodate 880 double-decker buses.

It will be open 24 hours a day and can seat 5,000 at a time. The menu includes traditional British fare such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and Halal food. There is even a McDonalds on site.

The social hub of the Village, however, will be a 'pub' called the Globe Centre offering ten pool tables, live music and karaoke – although there are only two drinks on offer: Powerade and Coca Cola.

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