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London 2012: Olympic torch relay stops revealed for capital

Maritime Greenwich will provide the starting point for the 2012 Olympic torch relay as it starts its journey through each of London's 33 boroughs.

After spending the first night at the Tower of London, guarded by Beefeaters, the torch will begin its six-day procession around the city on 21 July.

Redbridge Cycling Centre and Camden's Roundhouse are among venues that will welcome the flame on its London tour.

The 70-day, 8,000-mile relay begins at Land's End in Cornwall on 19 May.

As part of the traditional curtain-raiser to the Games, 8,000 torchbearers will carry the flame around the UK to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, for the opening ceremony on 27 July.

After leaving Greenwich, the flame will be carried through Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

On its second day in London the torch will leave Redbridge Cycling Centre in Redbridge, east London, before making its way through Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Bexley.

'Rich history'

It will start out at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Lewisham, south London, on 23 July, before being welcomed in Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth.

On 24 July, torchbearers will leave The Hook Centre in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London, then head to Richmond-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing.

Headstone Manor and Harrow Museum in Harrow, north-west London, will provide the starting point on 25 July. The flame will then be carried through Brent, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

Councillor David Perry, for Harrow Council, said: "I'm delighted for Harrow residents that the Olympic torch will shine a light on their communities in the run up to the Games.

"I'm really pleased that Headstone Manor is hosting the start point so we can show off Harrow's rich history and with any luck local people will get the chance to carry the torch on the day."

On the final day touring the city, the torch will leave Camden's performing arts venue, the Roundhouse, in north London.

It will then head to Islington, the City, Southwark, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster.

On the final day of its journey around the UK the torch will start at Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond-upon-Thames, before being carried along the River Thames by boat to the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, and it is due to arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012.

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