Kiwi House a NZ Olympic haven
Food & Wine
A slice of New Zealand in the heart of London's King Cross will showcase the very best of Kiwi cuisine, music and sporting talent over the Olympic period.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced the launch of Kiwi House in London, with internationally renowned New Zealand chef Peter Gordon in charge of the menu.
Set to open just ahead of the Opening Ceremony on July 27, the committee is hoping Kiwi House will be a haven for friends and supporters of the New Zealand team and also international visitors.
Should New Zealand athletes win any medals at the games, the plan is to have them show them off at lunchtimes and entertainment in the evenings would be provided by some of New Zealand's leading artists, including Hollie Smith, stand-up comedian Jarred Christmas and musician Tim Walker - son of Olympic legend John Walker.
Kiwi House would also be the only location in the UK to air New Zealand' broadcast of the games from Sky TV.
It is not yet known what New Zealand food the menu will showcase but one essential item will be the flat white, as well as a classic barbecue designed by Gordon.
Specially important Moa Beer will be the beverage of choice on tap, and the committee said Kiwi House would host its own opening and closing ceremony parties.
"National Houses are an integral and historic part of the Olympic Games and serve as valuable tourism and investment hubs as well as a place for friends and fans to gather.
"Kiwi House is centrally located at the heart of the Olympic transport system near St Pancras/Kings Cross Station, just five minutes' walk from the Javelin high speed train that takes passengers direct to Olympic Park. The venue capacity is 500 and tickets will be limited," the committee said.
Tickets go on sale today and will be available throughout the duration of the Olympic games.
People also have the opportunity to buy a Kiwi House Gold Pass, which ensures priority entry for its holders, as well as special event tickets.
Those without a Kiwi House Gold Pass will pay five pounds for standard entry.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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