The House of St Barnabas to host Omega House during Games

Omega has revealed Nicole Kidman and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin are among the celebrities expected to visit Omega House during the Olympic Games.

House of St Barnabas to host Omega House
House of St Barnabas to host Omega House

The exclusive residence will be at the House of St Barnabas in London’s Soho, and will act as a base for members, invited guests and VIPs from 27 July to 12 August.

The house plans to offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. It will also accommodate a number of VIP events and Omega ambassador visits throughout the Games.

The venue is a charity that is currently hosting Quintessentially Soho, a pop-up members’ lounge and events space. It has supported people affected by homelessness for more than 160 years.

Omega House has been designed to mirror the lifestyle aspects and collections that Omega offers. The Ladymatic Lounge will be subtly decorated in classic tones, while the space-themed Speedmaster Bar, named after the first watch to be worn on the moon, will be a reminder of Omega’s nearly half-century relationship with NASA.

Omega president Stephen Urquhart said: "We are delighted that we were able to secure this historic building in Soho. It is an ideal place to greet old friends and meet new ones in an appealing, comfortable environment. It will also give our guests a chance to re-energise between Olympic events."

As part of the transformation, Omega is having several upgrades and renovations done to the House of St Barnabas, which will remain a permanent part of the building and its garden. Among the improvements, new flooring is being installed and the walls are being repainted in English Heritage colours.

Urquhart added: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer a facelift to an important London building in one of the city’s most historic quarters. We are also proud to be able to support the excellent work that the House of St Barnabas does and it is fitting that we are able to help make this landmark location even more attractive."

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