Fri August 10, 2012 3:57pm
IT'S been a big two weeks in the Olympic city with as much action on the field as off. So, where are the hot spots to party after hours? News.com.au's Entertainment editor-at-large, Melissa Hoyer, finds out.
The Ritz drinks
Over the entire Olympic period, the Ritz has been home to a swag of smart Foxtel parties. News Limited boss Kim Williams, Australia's minster for sport, Kate Lundy, Shine's Mark and Carl Fennesey, Foxtel boss Richard Freudenstein, Sky News' David Speers, Foxtel ambassador Geoff Huegill, Leonie Levy, Angelos Frangopoulos, ABC Brisbane radio's Madonna King, Tony Kendall, Rove McManus, commentator Sarah Jones and Melbourne based columnist, Luke Dennehy all paid the spot a visit. After The Ritz many go off to the famous Nobu which is always pumping, packed and perfect.
Despite the cool London weather female swimmers cast off their cossies and replaced them with miniskirts and mega heels at a Speedo soiree at Kensington Roof Gardens. Speedo supplied the Australian team with a revolutionary swim outfit for these Games: cap, goggles and a suit engineered to reduce body drag.
Stephanie Rice, Blair Evans, Leisel Jones, Kylie Palmer and Bronte Barrett were some of the names in party mode. The boys were there too, including James Magnussen, Hayden Stoeckel and Eamon Sullivan (in jeans and shirts) and looking much less glam than their female peers. The Aussie swim stars were joined by some of the USA team and British gold medal princess, Rebecca Adlington.
Swimmers sure know how to tie one on! I guess when you stare at that black line day in day out, you want to out and get at it.
The Last Lap at Chinawhite
Beneath the doof-doof, hundreds of athletes party like it’s 1999, at the hotspot, Chinawhite in Mayfair, aptly called the The Last Lap. The concept started at The Sydney Games in 2000 by former Olympian Rob Woodhouse, who created an exclusive venue for athletes to party relatively anonymously with each other.