The mayor of London's Olympic village will spend a month on site in his single bed to make sure the 16,000 athletes staying there receive a "home from home" experience.
Sir Charles Allen, who has been appointed mayor of the £1.1 billion Stratford village complex, will work alongside three deputies to appear at team welcome ceremonies and to oversee the operations at the luxury village.
With 2,900 apartments on site, Sir Charles will certainly have enough work to keep him busy during his stay. He's well prepared, however: “I have a single bed and I will live there for a month", he said.
It won't just be the athletes keeping the mayor busy; each day, 3,500 guests will flock to the location, with 120 heads of state among them, the Evening Standard (June 22nd) reported.
Sir Charles spoke very highly of the village and its multi-functional nature. “It needs to be a home from home, but also there needs to be some quiet and respect for those athletes still competing."
He went on: "The quality of the build is high and the quality of landscaping is amazing — 40ft London plane trees and a lake with a running track round the outside — it’s magical.”