If you are you in London this weekend (or next week) and you can’t wait to get into the Olympic mood that it’s bound to invade us any time soon, nothing more appropriate than greeting the torch on its way to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony, the route will pretty much cover the whole of London, so plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of the Games flame over the 6 days that precede the Olympics.
The London leg of the Olympic torch starts this Saturday the 21st – with the final torch event taking place during the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on 27th July.
See below for a borough by borough breakdown of the route (times included) that the torch is taking throughout London.
**Look out for the areas highlighted these are local to our hostels**
Saturday 21st July
This route goes through Greenwich, the world’s capital of time and the famous maritime museum, before reaching the east end of London and an evening event on Chestnut Showground in Walthamstow, once home of a world-famous greyhound racing stadium.
13:50 Tower Hamlets
18:28 Waltham Forest
Sunday 22nd July
This route sees the torch pass through Redbridge, which has chosen its former MP Winston Churchill as its Olympic symbol. The evening event takes place in Bexley.
09:49 Barking and Dagenham
Monday 23rd July
From Lewisham’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, this route includes the Stephen Lawrence Centre and a visit to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.
Tuesday 24th July
This route includes Richmond, London’s largest park with 2,500 acres of hills, woodlands and grassland.
Wednesday 25th July
Starting at Headstone Manor and Harrow Museum, the torch will pass through Brent, home to Wembley Arena, the venue for Olympic football, badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.
Thursday 26th July
From Camden’s sprawling market stalls and the City’s historic buildings, the torch will continue to the UK’s richest neighbourhoods; Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster, taking in London’s landmarks on the way.
13:20 Kensington and Chelsea
13:53 Hammersmith and Fulham
14:23 Kensington and Chelsea
15:06 Hammersmith and Fulham
Friday 27th July
The torch will go for a spin round the maze at 16th century Hampton Court Palace before taking to the Thames and arriving in the early afternoon at Tower Bridge. It will next appear in public at the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
07:00 Hampton Court
19:00 Olympic Stadium