Olympic flame rides the Tube

The Olympic flame has taken the Tube as it continues its week-long journey through the capital. A total of 144 torchbearers, including rower James Cracknell and skier Chemmy Alcott, carried the flame 43 miles across London.

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Prince of Wales welcomes the Olympic Torch to Tottenham

The Prince of Wales saw the Olympic Flame for himself today in one of the areas worst hit by last summer's riots. He was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall in Tottenham.

Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales with Torchbearers 127 Jay Kamiraz and 129 Scott Moorhouse
Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales with Torchbearers 127 Jay Kamiraz and 129 Scott Moorhouse Credit: PA Wire
Duchess of Cornwall speaking with Torchbearer 129 Scott Moorhouse
Duchess of Cornwall speaking with Torchbearer 129 Scott Moorhouse Credit: PA Wire
Prince of Wales watching the Olympic lame on the Torch Relay leg between Enfield and Haringey
Prince of Wales watching the Olympic lame on the Torch Relay leg between Enfield and Haringey Credit: PA Wire

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Gold medal rower 'soaks up' Olympic atmosphere

James Cracknell carries Olympic Torch through Kingston in south-west London. Credit: ITV London

James Cracknell won two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championship titles during his rowing career, but today he added another accolade - carrying the Torch through Kingston-upon-Thames in south-west London.

Afterwards he spoke about Olympic spirit, his family and shared his predictions for this years rowing team.

Watch the interview with James Cracknell on ITV London.

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Kew Gardens celebrates Olympic torch with floral tribute

Oli Golding at Kew Gardens
Oli Golding holds the flame at the centre of the floral logo. Credit: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

London's Kew Gardens put on an impressive floral display for the arrival of the Olympic torch.

Around 20,000 plants were used to create the iconic Olympic rings, which can be appreciated by flight passengers arriving into the city ahead of the Games.

Emerging British tennis hopeful Oli Golding had the honour of holding the flame aloft at the famous botanical gardens.

The 18-year-old, who hails from nearby Twickenham, was a child actor before he pursued a sporting career.

Olympic torch rides the Tube

London Underground employee John Light and the Olympic flame
The flame boarded the train at Wimbledon. Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

The Olympic torch took a successful ride on the London Underground today, travelling on a train emblazoned with the Olympic rings.

Service Operator John Light, 64, was given the honour of carrying the flame a stop down the District Line, from Wimbledon to Wimbledon Park.

London Underground employee John Light and the Olympic flame
John Light joined commuters on the early morning ride. Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

Earlier, double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell carried the torch.

The rower and adventurer, 40, began today's relay in Kingston with the flame eventually bound for Ealing.

James Cracknell
James Cracknell carried the Flame during a leg through Kingston Upon Thames. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Former Olympic rower James Cracknell among torchbearers

After the Olympic Flame has travelled on the London Underground the torch relay will start its road journey visiting the London boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing.

Former Olympic rower James Cracknell will carry the Olympic Torch in London today.
Former Olympic rower James Cracknell will carry the Olympic Torch in London today. Credit: Press Association.

The symbolic flame will visit Kew Gardens, Brunel University, Richmond, Ealing's Northala Fields and Walpole Park during day 67 of the relay.

A total of 144 torchbearers, including rower James Cracknell, skeleton racer Adam Pengilly, skier Chemmy Alcott and cyclist Eileen Gray, will carry the flame as it travels 43 miles across the capital.

Olympic flame to ride the London Tube

The Olympic flame will ride the London Underground today as it continues its week-long journey through each of the host city's 33 boroughs.

Service operator John Light, who is 64 and has worked for London Underground since 1963, will carry the torch along the District line from Wimbledon to Wimbledon Park in the driver's cab of the train, while Olympic rings will adorn the front and first carriage.

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