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Olympic torch: London venues revealed

  • 14 June 2012
  • From the section London
Buckingham Palace
Image caption The Olympic flame will be carried to major London landmarks including Buckingham Palace

London's most famous landmarks will be visited by the Olympic flame on the day before the opening ceremony.

On 26 July, the torch will be carried from Camden to Westminster in the final stages of the Olympic flame's journey through every London borough.

Torchbearers will visit venues including Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

London 2012 Seb Coe said the venues were "iconic".

The 175 torchbearers will carry the flame through Camden, Islington, City of London, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and City of Westminster on day 69.

Lord Coe said: "The penultimate day of the Olympic Torch Relay is set to include many of London's iconic landmarks which are famous around the world and give the city its special character.

"I hope that the people from these boroughs come out and line the streets to cheer on the torchbearers as the start of the Games draws near."

The first torchbearer of the day will begin with the flame outside the Roundhouse in Camden, which will be followed by a journey along the Regents Canal on a barge and then a visit to a community event at Granary Square.

The flame will visit the giant Olympic rings in the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International and then a community event at Islington Town Hall featuring music from the London Symphony Orchestra.

In the City of London, the flame will visit St Paul's Cathedral, the Museum of London and the Guildhall.

It will then be carried across the Millennium Bridge into Southwark where it will visit Shakespeare's Globe.

In Lambeth, the flame will pass Clapham Common and in Wandsworth it will pass Battersea Dogs Home.

Other venues include the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners, the site of the 1908 Olympic Stadium in White City, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.

Cauldron lit

Before arriving in Hyde Park, the flame will visit Buckingham Palace.

Due to the expectation of large crowds, some areas will have limited capacity.

Image caption The flame will visit the giant Olympic rings at St Pancras International

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "As the Olympic flame takes its final strides around some of the capital's most historic and famous sights, there couldn't be a better opportunity for Londoners to come out and demonstrate their support for the Games and show to the world the best our great capital has to offer.

"We kicked off this incredible summer like no other with the huge success of the Queen's Jubilee and as the flame makes its way to the magnificent Hyde Park for its final night we can show the world that not only are we ready to host the most exciting Games ever held but that Londoners are already reaping the benefits and will continue to do so for many years to come."

At the end of the day, there will be an Olympic Torch Relay Finale concert in Hyde Park headlined by rapper Dizzee Rascal, featuring The Wanted, a special performance by Mark Ronson & Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, You Me At Six and Rizzle Kicks.

Towards the end of the eight-hour show, the last torchbearer of the day will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event, enabling the Olympic flame to be seen by the audience.

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