- 10 Aug 08, 11:40 AM
Dodging the cooks and busy washing-up staff in the kitchen, I quickly learned a lot about the "London House" in Beijing.
The pot was already on full gas for a row of Peking ducks on hooks. But the staff were also peeling potatoes for Britain for a wide-ranging menu including fish 'n' chips and bangers 'n' mash.
A beautiful Chinese house and garden just beside a lake in the centre of Beijing has been turned into a hospitality centre to promote London during the Games.
It is costing £2m, most of which is coming from the London Development Agency, a government-funded body which is involved in building the venues for the Games and is responsible for the regeneration of the capital.
Chinese and international business executives - and also Beijing citizens - are being invited to the house to encourage them to do business in London. It is a relaxing place to unwind after a day at the Games.
The House is being run by bodies which promote tourism, business and film-making in the capital. There is talk of Bollywood using some of the 2012 Olympic facilities after the Games.
But do you think all this schmoozing works? Organisers say the UK can get plenty of money back from the business secured in China, one of the few expanding economies.
The drinks, on offer, I'm told, ARE sponsored by a private company. But, although there is plenty of what they call "British gastro-pub grub" on offer, it is disappointing that nobody could organise a London pint of beer.
A missed opportunity there for Britain's brewers.
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