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Despite worries that the Games’ proximity would push rents up and artists out, Jess has been happily surprised that this hasn’t happened. “This will never be a post-Olympics ghost town. We’ll still be here when the attention moves on,” she says. “It’s a very special area and everyone wants to keep it that way.”

More alternative Olympic views

  • The View Tube: See the final touches going on the Olympic site at The View Tube viewing platform.
  • Canal bike ride: A bike ride along the canal from Limehouse to Clapton passes right by the stadium site.
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The article ‘An insider's look at London’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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