The Olympic Torch reaches North and East London

It’s travelled within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK – and this weekend it finally comes to North and East London. But don’t worry, you don’t need to board a bus or take the tube to see the iconic flame on Saturday 21st July – especially if you live in Hackney or Waltham Forest. Here, we pick the top three spots to catch a glimpse of the flame after it sets off from Greenwich.

Shoreditch Festival, Regent’s Canal
Torch arrival approx: 4pm – 4.20pm
As the flame makes its way along Kingsland Road and crosses Regent’s Canal, simply stroll along the towpath and soak up the Shoreditch Festival – especially on the floating stages. Now in its fourth year, the festival has been welcoming different exhibits and acts all week, and this Saturday sees the Barbican bringing live music and theatre to the area between Dunston Road and De Beauvoir Gardens.

Hackney Town Hall
Torch arrival approx: 5.50pm – 6.05pm
Hackney Town Hall plan to take it back to the old school with their village fete style celebrations, like the Hackney home-made market and cream teas at St Augustine’s Tower. For music and more, check out the One Hackney Festival Stage at the Town Hall.

Waltham Forest Evening Celebration
Torch arrival approx: 7.15pm – 7.30pm
Waltham Forest are planning to go all out as they welcome the flame to the area. Those with tickets can enjoy performances by acts including Rizzle Kicks – but if you haven’t managed to snag one, acts along the route will include local busking bands and a children’s mini-Olympics. Finish up in the grounds of the Town Hall for a night to remember.

To find out more about the route of the Olympic Torch Relay, click here.

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Photo credit: London 2012

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