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Olympic Torch Relay ends 70-day tour at London’s City Hall

Boris Johnson, Lord Coe and David Beckham welcomed the Olympic flame to City Hall on Friday lunchtime as the final leg of the torch relay arrived in the Pool of London by boat from Hampton Court Palace.

Gloriana
Gloriana seen from Blackfriars Bridge
Olympic Torch Relay ends 70-day tour at London’s City Hall
Olympic Torch Relay ends 70-day tour at London’s City Hall
Torchbearer Amber Charles with Olympic chairman Sebastian Coe, London Mayor Boris Johnson and David Beckham at City Hall

Crowds lined the riverside and the bridges in central London as the flame was carried on the Gloriana royal rowbarge which was built for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

The flame was placed in London's Living Room on the top floor of City Hall and was the centrepiece of the opening ceremony of London House, the temporary games-time guise of the home of London government.

City Hall is closed to the public for the duration of the games whilst the building hosts what the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has described as a "schmoozathon" for international business guests.

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