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Olympic Torch arrives in London

Royal Marine Martin Williams abseiling from a helicopter with the Olympic flame into the grounds of the Tower of London Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Olympic flame arrived in London for the final leg of its 8,000 mile trip around the UK in spectacular fashion.

Royal Marine Martin Williams leapt from a Sea King helicopter with the flame safely contained in an Olympic lamp to abseil into the grounds of the Tower of London.

Watch the flame's journey from the Sea King to the ground:

There he was met by former Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes who became the first of the capital's Torch bearers.

Dame Holmes carried the flame through the Tower, where it will spend the night.

Tomorrow it will start its final journey visiting every London borough before being used to light the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony on Friday July 27th.

Dame Holmes described carrying the Torch as an, "absolute honour. What an amazing, amazing moment to be able to bring the flame in to London for the first time in the Tower of London."

The Torch was also welcomed by a host of dignitaries including; Locog Chairman Sebastian Coe, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman and General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London.

Abul Kasam shaking hands with Mayor of London Boris Johnson as he holds the Olympic flame Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The flame took part in the Tower's ancient Ceremony of the Keys before being taken to the Queen's House by Lord Dannatt for safe keeping overnight. It will start the journey around London tomorrow morning.

View the Olympic Torch relay route here.

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