We’re only five days into the London 2012 Olympic Games and already, there have been dozens of medals handed out and too many emotional moments to count (was I the only person who bawled when the Britain men’s gymnastics team won bronze yesterday—its first men’s gymnastics medal since 1912?!). A brilliant Opening Ceremony was just the start (and oh, it was so very British), but a highlight for me so far has been checking into Omega House in the heart of Soho. The six rooms of the House of St. Barnabas has been transformed for the duration of the Games (until August 12) for the Games’ official timekeeper for the 25th time—there’s new flooring and paint throughout the Georgian townhouse, a redesigned bar, and even new toilets.
On Saturday evening, Omega ambassadress Nicole Kidman (looking sleek as ever in black Azzedine Alaïa and Manolo cage sandals) and her country-crooner husband Keith Urban showed up to fête the opening of the house, entering to tunes by Jarvis Cocker. Other attendees included model and TV personality Jodie Kidd, Henry Holland, Burberry model and actor Eddie Redmayne, and Kit Harington, the long-haired hottie from Game of Thrones.
A tour of the house (where members can eat and drink for free and watch the Games) revealed that the rooms have been designed based on Omega’s most famous timepieces: the Ladymatic Lounge is feminine and soft, with white flowers everywhere, cream tufted sofas, curiosity bell jars with Ladymatic watches inside, and oversized mirrors and scented candles everywhere—pretty much what you’d expect from a room with its name. The Hour Vision Atelier next door is more masculine (makes sense, given that it’s inspired by the Hour Vision Gent’s watches, the collections of Tom Ford and the perennially elegant Connaught Hotel), while relaxing in the stunning Seamaster Lounge (not during the party, of course, but since) feels a bit like visiting an aquarium that you don’t have to wander around, but instead, can kick back and relax in—while the athletes work hard over these next few weeks.