The show in the Olympic Stadium, entitled ‘A Symphony of British Music’, is a celebration of Britain’s pop prowess, featuring some of the kingdom’s well-known acts like the Spice Girls, Muse and George Michael.
The 80,000-strong crowd wasted no time getting into the party atmosphere, sending Mexican waves around the bowl as they excitedly waited in anticipation for the show to begin.
The central stage featured a scene of the London skyline, comprising St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Battersea Power Station, London Eye observation wheel, the Gherkin, the Houses of Parliament’s clock tower and the Royal Albert Hall.
Iconic British cars like London taxis and Reliant Robins, covered in newspaper, drove around the stadium, starting off a journey through a day in the life of London, from the morning hustle hour to sunset.
As well as flame being extinguished in the stadium, the ceremony was to feature a section looking forward to the Rio de Janeiro Games of 2016, and London Mayor Boris Johnson handing over the Olympic flag to his counterpart from the gigantic Brazilian city.