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London 2012 Discovery Trails

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by Eleanor Wilson (subscribe)
An aspiring journalist currently studying for a BA in International Relations and Modern History. I've lived in South London for all my twenty-one years.
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Wenlock and Mandeville guide you through the capital's heart
If you live and work in the capital, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that you're slap bang in the centre of one of the world's biggest attractions. Well, thanks to the London 2012 games and the Mayor's Office you've now got an excuse to become a tourist in the city all over again.

Go with friends and punctuate the route with various coffee stops or take the opportunity to introduce kids to London's top sites with a weekend stroll. Take in the iconic skyscrapers of the City, the glitz of the West End, the culture and quirk of the South Bank or go East for the unique vibes of Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market.

Queens Guard Wenlock
Wenlock stands guard outside the Ritz

Previous critics of those shiny one-eyed 'things', Wenlock and Mandeville, will find it hard not to fall for the pair's charms as they appear along the path decorated in their various location appropriate dress. (Take the Purple Trail through London's West End for Wenlock impersonating a Queens Guard and a Red Bus, amongst other jaunty costumes).

Red Bus Wenlock
Red Bus Wenlock gets mobbed at Piccadilly Circus

Where to pick up a map?
Loiter around any of the capital's biggest landmarks or busiest stations. It should be less than 10 seconds before you're approached by a straw-hatted volunteer with map in hand, eager to fulfil a purpose. Alternatively visit the Mayor of London's website where all the walks are mapped out.
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Why? Rediscover the top sites whilst absorbing the London 2012 buzz
When: 27th July - 9th September 2012
Where: Throughout Central London
Cost: Free
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