We start our canal-side walk at Islington, the point where the Grand Union Canal emerges from a tunnel and gives you the chance to take... more » a fascinating journey east to newly emerging cultural districts around the Olympic park site.
A number of pubs offer great beer and food, so after pausing for lunch, walk the length of the canal to Mile End, passing a range of new award-winning architectural developments. Here is the frontier of the government's plans to develop East London and the ultimate homage to this plan is the Olympic Stadium site in Stratford, which rises up in view from a skyline of cranes and container ships.
London won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2005 and the grand event is being held here in summer 2012. New venues, including the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium, are being built in Stratford. The cost of the games' infrastructure amounts to more than £9 billion. These new developments include the main Olympic Park at Stratford and the athletes' village. Other elements of the games will take place in temporary venues around the city, including Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace.
Although its opening and closing ceremonies are unlikely to match the pomp and splendor of those in Beijing in 2008, London's Olympic summer is predicted to set the city alight with an electric atmosphere. less «