Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Russians Splash out to Hire Marble Arch for Olympic Parties

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Russians Splash out to Hire Marble Arch for Olympic Parties

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Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent

RUSSIAN Olympic chiefs are to take over Marble Arch and turn it into a stunning party venue for the 2012 Games.

Details of a multi-million-pound deal to establish "Russia House" on the West End traffic island are being finalised with Westminster council.

A temporary multi-storey canopy will be erected around the arch and some of the surrounding parkland will be requisitioned.

The project, which will require planning permission, is being funded by the Russian National Olympic Committee and the organising committee of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Russia has a reputation for staging the most lavish Olympic parties as the country reasserts itself as a sporting superpower. An entire science museum was hired by the Russians as their base for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February. The Marble Arch site is close to the cluster of Park Lane hotels to be used by Olympic VIPs and will be connected to the network of priority road lanes for officials and sponsors. …

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