Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
One company will offer Olympics visitors ATMs equipped with the East London dialect.
Turns out there's going to be a bit of a cash shortage at the 2012 Olympics, but that doesn't mean first-time visitors to London have to succumb to a sterile, globalized world of Visa-assisted plastic transactions.
We learned earlier this week that the Olympics sponsor had 27 ATMs removed, replacing them with eight Visa-only cash machines. But a U.K. company known as Bank Machine will provide a different automated experience nearby, offering ATMs that give you the option of withdrawing in Cockney.
Cockney is a form of English traditionally associated with residents of East London, the area where this summer's Olympics will largely be taking place. Bank Machine has been providing their Cockney-equipped machines around the east side of the city since 2009.
According to the Huffington Post, the nearest Cockney ATM to Olympic Park can be found by the Builders Arms Pub along Stratford High Street. The building's landlord told HuffPo UK that his ATM "provides cash and amusement for international visitors, whilst helping to keep the East London spirit alive."
Not knowing Cockney doesn't mean you'll have to find another cash dispenser though. All of Bank Machine's ATMs also provide the option of standard English.
Below, a user experiences the Cockney ATM:
Top image courtesy Flickr user Squirmelia