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Boris Johnson: Explore London bookshops during Olympics

20th July 2012

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged people visiting London for the Olympic Games to explore the city's many bookshops and find out why the capital's arts and culture scene is unrivalled across the world.

In a press conference ahead of the Games, which get underway next Friday (July 27th), Mr Johnson highlighted some of the differences between London and other global hubs such as Paris and New York.

During their stay, visitors should make the effort to explore London's many sights and sounds and find out just why these are set to be the most cultural Games yet, he recommended.

'I do hope that you will fan out around London and you will discover a city that has twice as many bookshops as New York, more Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris and less rainfall than Rome,' the mayor explained.

'I hope that you will see what our great city has to offer. It has a young, dynamic population, there's more green space in London than any other European city and unrivalled opportunities for investment.'

Earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron estimated that the 2012 Olympic Games will provide a GBP 13 billion boost to the UK economy over the next four years, as well as substantial long-term tourism and investment gains.

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