London Bar / Club Review: The Fringe Olympics Pop-Up Members Club

The Fringe members club, opening 20th July


With London 2012 a mere month away and Olympic fever every which way you turn, it’s only natural that here at The London Luxe we have been sussing out how best to do it in style.  The Fringe pop-up members club is the answer.

The club doesn’t open until July 20th, a week before the Olympics kick off so the finishing touches are still being made but we went down to see how things are shaping up…

Welcomed into the Swan Wharf warehouse conversion with a heavenly ‘Ginford Christie’ cocktail concoction we were in the Olympic spirit in no time.

Pop art images of the sporting greats adorn the walls of the raw and edgy looking former stable downstairs, whilst vast space and exposed brickwork is offset with chandeliers and imposing art work upstairs.

Sipping champagne and devouring canapés by the floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper floors of the Victorian conversion, we had a bird’s eye view of not just the sunset but the stadium too.

Ideally situated just 100m from the Olympic Park, The Fringe is without doubt the most hassle free location we’re aware of to relax and refuel between events.  From WiFi and workspaces, to private parties for 40 or 400, the members club really does cater for everyone. There will be no fewer than five bars to choose from as well as East London style street-food being served throughout the venue to keep those energy levels up. Throughout the daytime the Olympic action will be broadcast on big screens and as night falls and the games finish, big name DJs will keep you dancing into the wee small hours.

If you really want to do it in style and let’s face it London 2012 is a once in lifetime experience, then travel to The Fringe in ultimate luxury via Water Chariot. The service picks up at Limehouse Basin and Tottenham Hale, serving refreshments along the tranquil journey direct to the club’s private pontoon.

The Fringe opens from July 20th – September 9th with membership costing from £40 for evening entry to £150 for a full day pass including three drinks and three dishes. More info here: and to make the most of your Olympic experience TLL recommends arriving style

P.S. If you can’t wait until you get there to try the sublime Ginford Christie cocktail here’s the recipe – Shhhh!

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