It’s often said that the only way to really get to know a city is to get lost in it. Under normal circumstances that’s absolutely true. I spent a wonderful three days wandering around Copenhagen, without a clue where I was going or what I was aiming to achieve. In that time I fell in love with the city and its people.

But, as the Olympic athletes start to arrive in London, I think we can definitely assume that “normal circumstances" are now on hold for a few weeks. So could be a handy bookmark for visitors and residents alike.

Getting lost in London while the Games are on isn’t something we’d recommend – the transport system is operating very differently and you’re just as likely to turn a corner and bump into the squad of armed soldiers as a group of happy revellers, so keeping a eye on what’s what will be useful.

The dashboard pools information from a variety of sources to give a quick snapshot of what’s happening. Transport, weather, there’s even a “mood meter” (you can expect that last one to change quite dramatically, we reckon).

There are dashboards for other UK cities too, so even if you’re getting away from it all, you might find this useful.

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