London 2012 tourism hots up with two years before Olympics begin
IT S JUST two years today until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games and tourism in the area is hotting up. And Blue Badge guides Rachel Kolsky and Diane Burstein are leading walking tours around the edge of the site on their View the Sporting
IT'S JUST two years today until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games and tourism in the area is hotting up.
And Blue Badge guides Rachel Kolsky and Diane Burstein are leading walking tours around the edge of the site on their View the Sporting Vision tours. They have just introduced the chance to tuck into an East End lunch as part of the tour.
Ms Kolsky said: "Visitors can have an update on the progress of the project and see how the area that was home to over 200 businesses has been transformed.
"All the industry has disappeared with most of the companies relocating but one business Forman's which has been in east London since 1905 has managed to remain, just the other side of the River Lea where it looks over to the Olympic Stadium which is on the site of the previous factory."
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Walkers finish up at Forman's salmon smokery on Fish Island where they can tuck into a smoked salmon bagel lunch with coffee and cake.
The business was one of those which had to relocate to make way for the Olympics. The stadium was built where the company's old smokery once stood.
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The walk takes in Bromley by Bow via the conservation area of Three Mills and along the tow paths to the Olympic Park viewing area. It continues beyond the Olympics 2012 park and across Old Ford Lock into Fish Island, home for decades to light industry and Percy Dalton Peanuts which is now transformed into a creative hub of artists' studios.
The event finishes up with a talk about the smoked salmon industry and a tour of Forman's factory with a demonstration of how to slice a side of smoked salmon, swiftly and with no cut fingers.
Tickets for the event on Thursday August 5 cost �32, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 883 4169 for more details.