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The Olympic Torch is making its way around the UK on its 70-day relay and is set to arrive in London on 21 July, the weekend before the Games begin. You can line the streets to cheer it on or visit an evening celebration when it stops for the night. Here are some of the top spots to catch a glimpse of the symbolic flame.
21 July: Greenwich to Waltham Forest
The torch will set off from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (7:21) and pass through Newham and Tower Hamlets. In the afternoon it will visit The One Hackney Festival (16:48) in Clissold Park, before passing Hackney Town Hall (17:56). The ballot for tickets to the evening celebration at Chestnuts Showground in Waltham Forest closes on 21 June – anyone can apply although priority is given to local residents.
22 July: Redbridge to Bexley
The second London leg of the tour begins at Redbridge Cycling Centre (7:19) before crossing the lake in Fairlop Waters Country Park (7:50). It can be spotted on the light railway at Barking Park (9:50) and will lead the Carnival Parade at the Dagenham Town Show (11:42).
23 July: Deptford to Tooting
The morning route begins near Deptford Creek (7:20) and heads to Bromley and on to Crystal Palace Park (10:35). It will journey to Croydon and Sutton before it can be seen at Wimbledon’s All England Club (5:32) which is hosting the Olympic tennis.
24 July: Chessington to Ealing
The flame starts moving again at Hook Community Centre in Chessington (8:22). It will be carried through the heart of Brunel University campus (14:46) and past Hillingdon Town Hall (15:41).
25 July: Wealdstone to Haringey
Headstone Manor and Museum in Wealdstone (9:17) kicks off the day’s relay, which heads through Harrow, onto Brent and past White Hart Lane.
26 July: Camden to Hyde Park
The torch will begin the penultimate day outside the Roundhouse in Camden and will travel by barge along Regent’s Canal. It will visit landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London and Shakespeare’s Globe, finally passing Buckingham Palace before the final evening celebration – a huge finale concert in Hyde Park featuring artists including Dizzee Rascal and Katy B. Tickets are now on sale priced at £15.
27 July: Up the Thames to the Olympic Stadium
The torch will take to the Thames for its final journey on a boat from Hampton Court (11:30) to Tower Bridge (12:30). It will arrive to appear in front of 80,000 people – and a worldwide TV audience of millions – at the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.