U.K. businesses in close proximity to 2012's Olympic Games have given a damning verdict on the economic impact of the Games, branding them "rubbish" and "worthless".
With exactly a year passing since the Olympic flame was lit over the skies of London, small businesses, including entertainment and retail outlets have told CNBC of the lack of impact the Games had on footfall, revenues and development.
"It's done more harm than good," Chris Hinton who works at Leggs Butchers and Deli in Custom House, a stone's throw from the Excel Center which was home to the judo, wrestling and fencing events.
"There was no extra footfall, and no economic benefit. If you ask any of the shop owners round here they will tell you the same."
Next door, at the Pacific Fish Bar the feeling was similar: "We were expecting more customers to come from the Excel Center, but they didn't. It was very quiet, it had no impact at all."
But just over twenty yards away from this parade of shops it was a very different story. Will, the manager of independent bar and restaurant The Fox@Excel spoke of huge crowds during the two-week event with customers filling the venue from 6 a.m. till midnight every day.
"It was the busiest I've ever seen it," he told CNBC, adding that security staff were ushering tourists and sports fans past his bar into the sports arenas but away from local shops like those in Custom House.
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This growing divide can be seen all over the borough of Newham, the local authority where the Olympic stadium is situated. Newham - which one of the poorest parts of the capital - now has world class sports stadia, transport infrastructure worth £6.5 billion and boasts Europe's largest urban shopping center called Westfield.