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Mayor Boris Johnson thanks London 2012 'Games Makers'

More than 3,000 people have come forward to get involved with sport since the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mayor Boris Johnson said today.

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Six Labour MPs have tabled an Early Day Motion, proposing that London Underground’s Jubilee line be renamed the 'Elizabeth Jubilee Line' to commemorate HRH's 'exceptional 60 years'

London 2012: Tube cleaners go on strike in Olympic bonus row

Cleaners on London’s Tube network have gone on strike for 48 hours in a dispute over bonus payments they have demanded for working during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Spectators were disrupted by problems on the Tube

London 2012: Olympic spectators hit by Tube delays

Spectators travelling to the Games today have been affected by delays on three Tube lines.

London 2012: Olympic boost to retailers and tourism new figures show

The Olympics is proving a boost to retailing and tourism, it was announced today.

Katy Guest: Olympic London thrills me

It's win, win, win for the capital, a nicer place overnight

London underground and bus services 'coping' with Olympic Super Saturday, say officials

London's transport system was coping well with the huge crowds on Super Saturday - one of the busiest days of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Where is everyone? London Bridge Tube station

Simon Calder: The fun and the Games on the Tube and trains

The man who pays his way

Leading article: Now is the time to visit London

Even as Stratford – home of the Olympic Park – is booming, the West End is, by London standards at least, all but deserted. For all that Londoners are glorying in the novelty of finding a seat on the Underground and not having to book ahead for a table at the capital's more popular restaurants, dark warnings of another economic hit are gaining in volume. The number of shoppers was down by an economically unhelpful 11 per cent last weekend, restaurateurs are bemoaning turnover at less than half of usual levels, and theatre bookings are set to fall by around a third.

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Alice Jones' Arts Diary: In the race to beat the Games, the Royal Court falls at the first hurdle

For most of Theatreland, it's business as usual as the Olympics kick off. Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi has gone dark for the duration, but the majority of stages, used to a summer slump, have not noticed the dreaded Games effect.

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i writers battle London's Olympic restrictions – and each other – to cross the capital

Towering ambition: the only pig spotted flying over the Battersea Power Station was this giant inflatable one re-creating Pink Floyd's cover of their 1977’s album Animals

£8bn new look for power station

Plans for an £8bn redevelopment of Battersea power station were unveiled last night as a precursor for a series of trade deals that the Government hopes will be clinched during the Olympics.

London 2012: Indian athletes bemoan living conditions in Olympics athletes’ village

British athletes weren’t short of complaints about the living conditions in the athletes’ village at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and now managers of this year’s Indian delegation in London have taken their sweet revenge.

A view of the Olympic Stadium at night

Opening ceremony rehearsal gives glimpse of the Olympic Games: chaos on trains

One of London's main Olympic transport routes failed its first major test ahead of the Games yesterday when tens of thousands faced severe delays as they journeyed to the Olympic Stadium to watch a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony.

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