UPDATE: We’ll be posting links to Mastin’s latest posts and videos here. Check back as we provide you with information from behind the scenes!

  

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Our eyes are glued to London this week. Travelers from all over the world are converging on the UK in the coming days to take in the world’s biggest athletic event – and to explore all the city has to offer.

Amid all the hubbub, we wanted to discover the real London. Underneath all the games beats the pulse of one of the world’s great cities. Can a tourist who visits the city this summer find authenticity, or will the glamorous veneer overshadow the city’s real identity?

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To find out, we looked for special members of our Airbnb London community. These hosts are true London experts who live their lives a bit out of the box. If anyone can tell us the stories of the real London, they can.

But stories need a master storyteller. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’re working with Mastin Kipp, creator of The Daily Love.

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Mastin will be our eyes and ears in London. He will connect with our community to explore the true “underground” London, ferreting out the very best, and perhaps overlooked, parts of their city.

Mastin began his Daily Love journey back in 2005. He uses his unique voice and perspective to help others find the hidden joys within their lives and the world around them. Every day, Mastin delivers daily insights on how to live an authentic, fulfilling life to an audience of hundreds of thousands.

Throughout the next two weeks, Mastin will be posting his daily adventures and findings right here on our blog, and tweeting from @Airbnb. Follow him on our Twitter account or our Facebook page for the latest on his adventures.

We hope that Mastin’s adventures will help you discover the London that lies beneath the craziness of the summer – and perhaps even inspire you to take the next step in your journey of discovery.

Let the games begin!