Stratford Olympic Park

Plight of Café Olympic Will Serve as a Warning to London’s Businesses

Newham Council, the local council to the Stratford Olympic Park, is looking into the case of a small Stratford café, Café Olympic, and its illegal use of the Olympic name. Under the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995, which was amended in 2006 after London won the right to host the Games in 2012, use of the Olympic name and symbols is strictly prohibited, along with certain protected words including Olympians, Olympiad, Games and 2012. Words such as London, gold, silver, bronze and medals used in conjunction with Olympic or 2012 could also infringe the 2006 Act. The owner of Café Olympic, Kamel Khichane, claimed Newham Council had only advised against use of the Olympic Rings. Kirsten Gilbert, Partner at Marks & Clerk Solicitors, comments: “Businesses such as Café Olympic ... »