I spent a few days in London last week and I was thrilled to have tickets for the wheelchair tennis event on Friday and to take part to the Paralympics as a spectator.

Victoria Gate

On my way to the Olympic Park:

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A swift and hassle-free passage through security and here I am.

Olympic Stadium

The 80,000 capacity Olympic Stadium played host to the Olympic and the Paralympic Athletics as well as all the opening and closing ceremonies.

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium and the Orbit

London 2012 Megastore

London 2012 Megastore

McDonalds

World’s largest McDonalds:

McDonalds

Olympic Park musicians

Olympic Park

Following Dutch fans on my way to Eton Manor for the women’s singles finale between Esther Vergeer and Aniek Van Koot

Olympic Park

RUN

RUN

Panasonic 3D Theatre

There were lots of free activities provided by Paralympic sponsors, like the Panasonic Theatre, Samsung booth, Coca Cola Beatbox… but I was there to watch some sports and I’m not a huge fan of lines, so I can’t report on them.

Panasonic 3D Theatre

Coca Cola Beatbox

Coca Cola Beatbox

Park Live

British Airways have sponsored a giant screen perched in the middle of the River Lea. Park Live is the only place to catch up on sport if you’re not inside a venue.

BT Park Live

Mascot House

Mascot House

The Olympic Park is really big, from one end to the other it’s about two kilometres. It took me more than 20 minutes from the Olympic Stadium to Eaton Manor, at the northern end of the park.
For people having trouble getting around, there were stacks of Games Mobility Vehicles parked up, with Games Makers ready to spring into action.

Olympic Park

Basketball Arena

Basketball Arena

Velodrome

Velodrome

Velodrome

Olympic Park

And finally, Eton Manor, where I spent most of the aftenoon watching the women’s singles final and the women’s doubles bronze medal match.

Eton Manor

Eton Manor

Eton Manor

Esther Vergeer vs Aniek Van Koot

Dutch fans

Esther Vergeer

Enjoy more pics and videos of the final between Esther Vergeer and Aniek Van Koot here.

Roger Federer‘s signature shoe in two colorways: White, Obsidian and University Blue (day edition) and Obsidian and University Red (night).

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Timed to coincide with the end of the Paralympics, the Greater London Authority has launched The Gifts of the Games, a poster campign and website highlighting some of the benefits that 2012 has brought to London.

The ads will be running on the tube network and the DLR as well as in the Metro newspaper for the next six weeks.

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The five Olympic giant rings on the front of the National Gallery have been replaced by three curved crescents: the Paralympics Agitos.

Agitos, National Gallery

Agitos, National Gallery

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games posters

Paralympics in the city:

Snapshots from London: the Agitos on Tower Bridge
Snapshots from London: the Agitos on the National Gallery
Snapshots from London: Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot
Snapshots from London: Olympics in the city
London Paralympic venues
A day out in the Olympic Park – part one
A day out in the Olympic Park – part two

Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis:

Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis FAQ
Eton Manor, wheelchair tennis venue for the Paralympics
Esther Vergeer
Shingo Kunieda
2012 Paralympics: Esther Vergeer vs Aniek Van Koot pics and videos
2012 Paralympics: Shuker-Whiley vs Khantasit-Techamaneewat