The closing ceremony - billed as the Festival of the Flame - lived up to its name as flame throwers, blazing torches and a gigantic heart of fire lit up the Olympic Stadium.
It was headlined by the band Coldplay who played hit such as Clocks, Viva La Vida and Paradise.
Popstar Rihanna performed Princess of China with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and her smash hit We Found Love .
Hip-hop heavyweight Jay-Z also joined the party.
Earlier, blind singer Lissa Hermans sang the National Anthem at the start of the evening.
The singer, who is also autistic, entered the now-famous stadium's field of play on "the Human Endeavour machine", pulled by a team from wounded soldiers' charity Help for Heroes.
The team also raised a flagpole which war hero Captain Luke Sinnott -who lost both legs in a blast on the battlefields of Helmand - climbed to hang the Union Flag from the top.
During the ceremony, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who won four medals during the Games tweeted:
David Weir and Sarah Storey, who each won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, carried the British flag together during the ceremony.