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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Olympic torch begins its star-studded tour of south London

One of today's torchbearers, Ceinwen Giles carries the Olympic Flame through Lewisham in London Credit: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire

It's a star-studded day 66 for the Olympic flame today.

Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Capt Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, will be boldly bearing the torch in a school in Croydon, south London, at lunchtime.

Later this afternoon it will be carried around the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon by Venus Williams and Andy Murray.

Olympic torch arrives at Stephen Lawrence Centre

Doreen Lawrence takes the Olympic torch in Lewisham

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has been handed the Olympic flame.

Doreen Lawrence took the torch to the Stephen Lawrence centre, which she set up in the memory of her son, who was killed in 1993.

The flame is now heading from Lewisham to Wandsworth.

Later footballer Michael Owen will take the flame at Battersea Dogs home.

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Star-studded day ahead for Olympic Torch

After weeks of planning the cast and crew of EastEnders will welcome the torch at its home in Elstree, Herts, where it will continue its journey past some of the most famous landmarks, including The Queen Vic.

The eight-minute live insert in tonight's episode will focus on Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, as he carries the Olympic torch live through Walford, E20.

Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart will carry the torch in Croydon. Credit: Press Association.

Earlier on in the day Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Capt Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, will be boldly bearing the torch in a school in Croydon, south London, at around lunchtime.

British number on tennis player Andy Murray. Credit: Press Association.

It will then be carried around the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon by Venus Williams and Andy Murray.

Doreen Lawrence's son Stephen was murdered in a racist attack in 1993. Credit: Press Association.

Also carrying the torch will be Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence. The campaigner will take it to the learning centre she set up in her son's memory in Deptford, south-east London.

Today's leg of the relay is sure to ramp up excitement for the Games but the identity of the final torchbearer, who will light the cauldron in the Olympic stadium on Friday, remains shrouded in mystery.

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Bookies take bets on Britain's Olympic weather

Bookies have been taking bets on what the weather will be like over the Olympics. William Hill is offering:

  • Odds of 3/1 that it is raining during the opening ceremony
  • 66/1 that the Olympic flame is extinguished while the last person carries it into the stadium
  • 12/1 that a temperature of more than 100F (38C) will be registered in the UK while the Games are taking place

Heavy showers forecast for Olympic opening ceremony

As temperatures soar across much of Britain this week, forecasters warn London's opening ceremony may still be plagued by heavy showers. Director Danny Boyle's has ambitious plans which include artificial clouds that will rain down over the stadium in Stratford in east London.

Tomorrow is looking to get up to 27C in the South East and it will be dry, hot and sunny in most parts of the country apart from the North West, where there may be some showers. Tuesday will be more of the same and could get up to 29C in the London area. Towards the end of the week it is going to get a lot cooler and more unsettled. It looks as though there's a risk of heavy showers, certainly in the south-east corner of the country.

– Billy Payne, forecaster

Torch gets close-up view of London attractions

Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod on the Torch Relay leg through London. Credit: PA
Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod, with Big Ben behind her. Credit: PA
Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod on the Torch Relay leg through London. Credit: PA
Amelia Hempleman-Adams poses with the Olympic Flame on top of a London Eye pod, with the Houses of Parliament behind her. Credit: PA

The Olympic flame had an aerial view of many of London's most famous landmarks early this morning after torchbearer Amelia Hempleman-Adams took the flame above one of the London Eye's capsules. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben were among the sights in the backdrop.

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