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World Naked Bike Ride returns to London

More than 1,000 people are expected to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride when it returns to the streets of London later today.

The ride, which aims to raise awareness of cycling safety issues, will start from six different points around the capital this afternoon.

These include West Norwood, Tower Hill, Kings Cross, Regent's Park and Hyde Park.

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London skyline filled with hot air balloons

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More than 50 balloons filled the London skyline at dawn today to raise money for charity. They took off from Shoreditch Park in Hackney for an hour-long flight at around 5am this morning.

The stunt, which was the first of its kind in more than two decades, was to raise awareness of the Lord Mayor's Appeal which is supporting Scope and Mencap. There were a number of novelty balloons, including a minion and a special Lord Mayor's Appeal balloon.

Got a head for heights? You'll love this giant Helter Skelter

If you've got a head for heights you can already abseil down Britain's tallest sculpture at the Olympic Park - and soon you might be able to slide down it too.

Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

Plans have been drawn up to turn the Orbit into a giant Helter Skelter. If given the go-ahead, the spiral design would take in five circuits of the famous sculpture, before a final speedy descent to the ground.

Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

We are committed to ensuring our visitors have the best possible day out every time they visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and as with all our venues we are constantly exploring ways to ensure we are leading the way with the latest visitor experience.

The addition of a slide would be an exciting and alternative way to descend from the viewing platforms, and will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.

– London Legacy Development Corporation
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