The journalists have started to arrive in Russell Square, the athletes are being ferried around by eager volunteers and the traffic lights are going haywire trying to maintain a steady flow of Olympic traffic. The Games are nearly upon us (well technically they started today, but of course we shouldn't nitpick about the blatant disrespect of starting the women's football before the Opening Ceremony has even taken place...hmph).
Even though I may be working in London at the moment and therefore obliged to join in the huffing and puffing about the delays, crowds and general inconvenience that the Olympic Games will bring to the city, I am still looking forward to being right here in the middle of things as the atmosphere heats up.
In a city that prides itself on its diversity and where you can often barely walk a hundred yards without hearing snatches of foreign tongues drifting past you, I decided to do a bit of digging and pick out a few international treasures that show that London's global flavour is not merely a passing fad that will come and go along with the 2012 Games.
So as athletes and tourists arrive in London from every corner of the world, stay tuned for a few tips for finding the little pieces of each Olympic nation that were already here...