The hustle and bustle of London may not seem an ideal place to throw on your running gear and hit the streets but we have devised two routes that will help you get the best from the English capital.
The first of those is a 10km run through the heart of the city, this route offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most iconic landmarks in the world as well as following the banks of the River Thames – from Tower Bridge right through to the London Eye.
This landmark-filled route begins away from any notable monuments on the edge of the London docklands in Surrey Quays, bringing you in towards the city as you pass King’s Stairs Gardens and The Albin Memorial Garden on both sides of the road.
You are brought to the iconic presence of Tower Bridge, with the 937-year-old Tower of London ahead of you as you cross, taking you north of the river for the first time. Bypassing the home of the Crown Jewels, the route takes you along Lower Thames Street and up to Monument.
At Monument you enter the borders of the City of London, bringing with it a mix of historic and state-of-the art buildings and landmarks starting with London Bridge and the Shard – the tallest building in the European Union – just across the river.
The route keeps you north of the river on Upper Thames Street as you pass through the heart of the business centre of the city before joining Victoria Embankment. Here you will enjoy a breath of fresh air as you run along the banks of the river, observing some of the best street level views in London.
Cutting inland and onto the Strand, the run reaches Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column before heading along The Mall with Buckingham Palace the target in the distance. As this 10km run comes to a climax, you will head back on yourself along Birdcage Walk where the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben await.
Crossing the river for the final time, a duck down the stairs to your left will lead you onto the Southbank where your run comes to an end in front of the London Eye – a fitting place to end one of the most iconic running routes in the world. Why not visit one of Southbank’s many food markets on offer throughout the year, after all, you will have deserved it!
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