Thousands of people lined the capital's streets today to watch Paralympic hero David Weir win his fourth gold crown in the T54 wheelchair marathon on the final day of the Games.
The Londoner's victory was one of the last sporting highlights on a day that also saw ParalympicsGB's Shelly Woods win a silver medal in the T54 marathon.
Their wins meant Great Britain finished third in the final Paralympic Games medal table behind Russia and China with a total of 120 medals - 17 more than the pre-Games target.
Tonight's Paralympic Games' closing ceremony inside the Olympic Stadium takes on a festival feel - featuring flames, armed forces personnel and a legion of "travellers".
David Weir and Sarah Storey, who each won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, will carry the British flag together during the ceremony.
Weir said: "It will be a great honour to come out to the Closing Ceremony carrying that flag. I'm a proud Brit and Sarah is as well. She has done fantastically well too. To do it as a Londoner in front of a London crowd makes it even more special.”
Storey added: "I’m amazed at the news, I never expected it. I’ve not been to a Paralympic ceremony since Athens and can’t wait to see the stadium tonight. It’s a huge honour and it should be a very exciting night.”
The move is a change to the normal protocol of selecting a single individual and team officials had to gain permission from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to make the move.
– International Paralympic Committee Chef de mission Craig Hunter
During the London 2012 Paralympic Games, ParalympicsGB has witnessed some outstanding performances, and most notably from Sarah Storey and David Weir
I'm thrilled and delighted that the IPC has recognised and agreed to our request to allow joint flagbearers at the closing ceremony.
These athletes represent the spirit of Paralympic athleticism.
Ahead of this evening's closing ceremony at 20:30, organisers have partially lifted the veil on the content of the show, dubbed the Festival of Flame.
British chart-toppers Coldplay, who have been supported in rehearsal by more than 1,000 volunteers, are set to play an "unusual setlist" designed to represent the seasons of the year.
But organisers refused to confirm whether Jay-Z and Rihanna would be among those joining Coldplay on stage.
However, London Mayor Boris Johnson told ITV News that the pair will be performing.
Director Kim Gavin, who was also behind the Olympic closing ceremony, said:
We pay tribute to the human spirit for this wonderful sport and human achievement of the last two weeks.
We have put together a unique group of people who storm the stadium, and bring this festival to life.
The whole night is the celebration of the flame finally going out.