London 2012: Lifesize Olympic and Paralympic mascots to pop up around capital

London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville will be popping up in locations across London.

From today 83 life-size sculptures will be placed at some of the capital’s most visited locations. Each has been designed to reflects its immediate surroundings and capture an iconic element of London life, including a Beefeater, a giant red phone box and a replica of Big Ben.

The two-metre tall figures of Wenlock and Mandeville are part of Stroll, six individual discovery trails around the city which aim to get Londoners and tourists exploring the capital on foot.

Smartphone users will be able to scan a QR code on the base of the mascots to discover much more about the discovery trails via the Mayor of London Presents website and download the London Official City Guide app.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Wenlock and Mandeville are instantly recognisable characters, and life-sized embodiments of the excitement of London 2012.

“I can’t think of a more suitable pair of tour guides to help Londoners, families and tourists alike get to know the capital a bit better and add to the magic of the Games during this summer like no other.”

Wenlock is the Olympic mascot and Mandeville the Paralympic mascot.

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The discovery trails are a part of Mayor of London Presents, Mr Johnson’s city-wide Look and Celebration programme, which will touch every one of the capital’s boroughs.