Destination Guide: Japan

Japanese Olympic Committee chooses No. 4 Hamilton Place

No. 4 Hamilton Place has become the latest London venue to secure a National Olympic Committee (NOC) contract.

No. 4 Hamilton House to host Japanese Olympic Committee
No. 4 Hamilton House to host Japanese Olympic Committee

No. 4 Hamilton Place will become Japan House for the duration of the Olympic Games in 2012.

Home to the Royal Aeronautical Society, the venue is located overlooking Hyde Park and close to both Olympic activity and the main headquarter hotels of the International Olympic Committee on Park Lane.

Japan is widely expected to throw its hat into the ring before this year’s September deadline for expressions of interest in hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, said: "An historic town house in Mayfair is a highly prestigious location for Japan House during the 2012 Olympic Games. We are also pleased to have built a strong relationship with the team at No. 4 Hamilton Place during the process of selecting a venue. Our confidence in their ability to deliver the quality and style of events celebrating Japan’s Olympic participation was also extremely important."

No. 4 Hamilton Place’s chief operating officer Jonathan Byrne said "building a warm relationship" with the Japanese Olympic Committee ensured the venue’s team "fully understood their expectations and needs".

Earlier this month, the Swiss NOC secured Glaziers Hall as a base for fans during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Other London venues to have been awarded NOC contracts include Somerset House (Brazil), Alexandra Palace (Holland), Museum of London (Germany) and Old Billingsgate (France).

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