The Thames Path has been painted red where it passes behind Southwark Cathedral.
This is because the House of Switzerland has taken over Cathedral Square and some surrounding buildings as the Swiss base for the Olympics.
There is a big screen, free chocolates and Swiss cafes. The cathedral’s refectory is also open late as is the church itself which has free admission until 9pm. it’s suddenly a good place to end your first day walking the Thames Path.
Upstream just past the OXO Tower the Al Jazeera studio is on the riverside for a fine view of St Paul’s.
Other international television correspondents have been reporting from the grass opposite Lambeth Palace to have the Palace of Westminster backdrop.
And all along this central London Thames Path section there are localised versions of the London 2012 mascots.