The Olympic torch reaches new heights in sunny London

After more than 60 days touring Britain, the Olympic torch finally hit London on Saturday.

To celebrate the arrival, the flame reached new heights as it was held aloft on the London Eye.

Amelia Hempleman-Adams took the flame on a trip on the giant wheel on the south side of the River Thames on Sunday, riding atop one of the Eye's viewing capsules as it slowing rotated.

The explorer, who was the youngest person to ski to the South Pole last year, described holding the torch as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity."

Other torchbearers included singer Paloma Faith, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and footballer Farice Muamba, who who suffered a cardiac arrest in March.

Explorer Amelia Hempleman-Adams, who became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole last year, described holding the torch above host city London as a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity 

A spectacular view of the London Eye


The identity of the final torch bearer, whose job it will to light the cauldron during the opening ceremony, is being kept a closely guarded secret but several possible candidates have already been suggested 

These include Sir Steve Redgrave, the five-time Olympic gold medallist, and Daley Thompson, the decathlete, who won gold at 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games 

Nadia Comaneci, the winner of five Olympic gold medals and the first gymnast to score a perfect 10, met former-basketball star John Amaechi on the roof of the North Greenwich Arena to exchange the flame.

The arena, more widely known as The Dome, is the venue for the London 2012 gymnastics events and basketball finals 

Britain's Got Talent-winning street dance troupe Diversity carried the flame on to the stage at the Dagenham Town Show 

Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in March, lit the cauldron at an evening celebration at Chestnuts Field in Walthamstow, where he grew up 

Members of the British Chinese Project in front of Tower Bridge 

Singer Paloma Faith ran in eye-catching red high heels 

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis was cheered by thousands of people as he lit the cauldron in Danson Park