Welcome! A volunteer entertains fans waiting to watch athletes compete in the swimming stage of the Women's Triathlon in Hyde Park

How are we doing? What the world thinks of London 2012

Away from the medals, have we been as successful in making the games a great experience for athletes and tourists alike?

Transport chiefs insisted the introduction of the lanes had 'gone well'

London 2012: Nearly 2,500 drivers slapped with Olympic Games Lanes fines

Nearly 2,500 drivers have been hit with fines for using road lanes reserved for London 2012 Olympics VIPs, transport bosses have said.

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: Central Line reopened after suspension on busiest day of Games so far

The Central Line has been reopened after trains were suspended to and from the Olympic Stadium due to signalling failures.

Westfield Stratford City shopping centre will have limited access to the public over the next 48 hours

London 2012: Westfield Stratford to close doors on non-ticket holders

The Westfield Stratford City shopping centre will have limited access to the public for the next two days to prevent overcrowding.

'Hi folks! This is the Mayor here' - Boris is silenced as TFL pull Tube announcements

Boris Johnson’s disembodied voice was first heard booming around train stations and on buses in the capital in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games in a bid to warn commuters about the impending travel chaos.

Twins jailed for terrorism fundraising

Identical twins who raised thousands of pounds for their brother while he was undergoing terrorism training in Somalia were jailed for three years each today.

One of the Olympic lanes

London 2012: Many Olympic 'Games lanes' reopened to public after officials opt to travel by public transport

London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted that 'a lot' of the sections of road were not needed this morning

The Get Ahead of the Games Campaign (GAOTG) is Transport for London’s guide during the Games

Trending: Meet the official Olympic Eeyore

It's probably fair to say that, amid the post opening-ceremony giddiness, a sober, sensible voice is one that ought to be heard.

London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Pre-Olympic Games road restrictions 'cause delays'

Road restrictions in place ahead of the Olympics caused some long delays today, according to traffic information company Inrix.

The game-like appearance of Recce

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Taking a recce at Recce – a mobile map of beauty

In my 18 months using an iPhone, I can count with one finger the numbers of apps that have elicited an audible gasp. That finger represents Recce – a glorious-looking new real-time 3D mapping tool.

Bus drivers accept Games cash offer

London bus workers have voted to accept an offer of an Olympics bonus, ending the threat of another strike.

London bus strike off as talks over Olympic pay continue

A planned strike by London bus workers tomorrow in a row over an Olympic bonus has been suspended to allow further talks.

Transport bosses in cash offer bid to avert bus strikes

Transport bosses today offered to share any additional revenue during the Olympics with bus staff in a move to avert threatened strikes.

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In grandfather's footsteps

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A tale of two presidents

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The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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We will remember them

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