Spring has officially sprung and on Sunday 28 April thousands of eager runners will pound the streets of London for 26.2 miles in the hopes of achieving their best possible time, or simply just to make it across the finish line. Founded in 1981, the London Marathon quickly became the largest marathon in the world; now with over 35,000 entrants finishing the race each year.
If you didn’t manage to secure your space on this years’ ballot, which received a staggering 414,000 applications – all is not lost, you can still be a part of the action.
Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere at the most popular viewing spots, then when you’ve worked up an appetite from all the cheering, we can suggest some great restaurants and bars along the racing line in our London Marathon Guide.
our top 3 marathon viewing spots
The Start – Greenwich Observatory
Watch as the race kicks off and make your way to the start mile in Greenwich.
From Cheval Three Quays you can jump aboard a River Bus from Tower Pier for a scenic 20 minute journey; or take the DLR from Tower Gateway to Greenwich Station.
The Middle – Tower Bridge
Photo: All in London
Arrive early to find a prime spot and to secure the best photo opportunities. You’ll be able to cheer on the runners as they cross the iconic Tower Bridge.
The End – Embankment
As the runners face their last stretch, your support will be truly appreciated in providing them with a much needed boost.
The start of Victoria Embankment is a 20-minute walk from Cheval Three Quays or 10 minutes from Cheval Calico House. Alternatively, take the District or Circle lines from Tower Hill or Mansion House to Blackfriars, Temple or Embankment.
Where to eat along the racing line
Photo: The Pescetonian
Enjoy a birds-eye views of the marathon at the 20-mile mark and tuck into a variety of gourmet street-food choices at this rooftop food market.
Once the last of the runners have crossed Tower Bridge, make your way to Tooley Street and enjoy a Mexican feast.
40 Maltby Street
Photo: CN Traveller
If you feel like swapping the crowds for something low-key, make your way to this hidden gem in
cheers the runners!
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Photo: The Nudge
Whilst others sweat their way along London’s streets, enjoy a glass of wine. Located near Embankment, it’s also a great spot to hang out after the race.
Tanner & Co
As those runners navigate their way through South East London, grab a table at Tanner & Co for some refreshing cocktails.
Jamies Tudor Street
Expect a carnival atmosphere as the runners reach Embankment and begin to think about the glorious scenes on the home stretch.