London holds a Torch for UVL

Twenty Unique Venues of London (UVL) members are among the attractions and venues in the capital that will be passed by the Olympic Torch on its approach to the Olympic Park.

During July the members will line the route that the torch will take as it is run towards Stratford in the days before the official opening ceremony.

The Greenwich venues to be passed on 21 July are the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum which includes the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House, followed by east London’s Christ Church Spitalfields.

On 23 July at 7.30am, the Olympic Torch Relay will set off from Laban at the start of its journey through Lewisham. The Laban building provides the perfect starting point for this particular leg as it was designed by Herzog and de Meuron who also designed Beijing’s Birds Nest Olympic Stadium.

The torch will then continue on to pass the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising on 24 July.

As it approaches its final destination the other UVL members making history on 26 July will include Guildhall, LSO St Luke’s, the Museum of London, Roundhouse, Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Saatchi Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Wellington Arch and Whitechapel Gallery. Hampton Court Palace will be the final UVL member to see the torch at 5.30am on 27 July before it continues to the Olympic Park.

Moya Maxwell, Head of Commercial Programming at the Royal Opera House and Chairman of UVL, comments: “We are extremely proud that our iconic UVL members are making history in undoubtedly London’s biggest year. It really is an honour to be part of the fantastic atmosphere in the days leading up to the Olympic Games and to contribute to some amazing photo opportunities for Londoners and visitors to the city”.

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