The London Olympics is merely a completion party marking the end of the long transformation of the East End, from bombed-out gangsters' playground to the city's economic renaissance made concrete and glass. Mere minutes from the Stratford exertions, Docklands is now financial London's transplanted heart, a planned paradise of skyscrapers and quayside modernism. Built on top of a subterranean burrow of shopping emporia, its smorgasbord of restaurants and coffee bars will be more familiar to visitors from Tokyo, Vancouver, Stockholm or Singapore than they will be to most Britons outside Planet London.
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