London

When it comes to capital cities and running, few places have as much of an emotional tie as London. Whether you’ve run in the world famous marathon or simply enjoyed a one-off jaunt in the greenest major city in Europe, everyone seems to have their park and their own route.

With such great opportunities to explore comes great expectations, and often a small sense of bewilderment. It can take you 30 minutes to cover three miles on public transport, so why not ditch the tube stops and red buses to lace up your Sauconys and run there.

When running in London, it’s impossible not to be caught gawping at the sights – from the bright lights of the city to the bold brickwork of some of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover many of the city’s gems through the eyes of three locals…

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I’m a fashion photographer and blogger and mainly focus on the awesome street style in London. The best thing about the city is the variation of style, everywhere you go, you find amazing, individual style.

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My day job is at a major children’s hospital in London. I’m a born and bred Londoner on a running and fitness journey. London is the best city in the world, but of course, I would say that.

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I’m a member of local London run crew, Run Dem Crew, and on a mission to run a sub three marathon. For me, the sheer size of London is the best thing, there’s always somewhere new to run.

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Southbank

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Some of the greatest sights in the city lie on the south of the river – if you’re into the arts there is no greater place to be. With world-class arts venues such as the Southbank Centre, National Theatre and BFI Film Theatre it’s easy to see why many Londoners choose to waste away their summer evenings on the banks of the Thames.

If you prefer to take a walk on the quieter side, then take an early morning jog down Southbank for a closer look at iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben.

St Paul’s Cathedral

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One of the most famous and recognisable sights of London, St Paul’s Cathedral has been dominating the city’s skyline with its iconic dome for over 300 years. Having hosted some of the most prestigious religious ceremonies in British history, this is a an architectural masterpiece from Sir Christopher Wren.

The Cathedral is easily accessible from Southbank – just head across Millennium Bridge to see it in all its glory.

“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.”
Oscar Wilde

Borough Market

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A foodies delight, enjoy exploring this culinary mecca for brunch. Borough Market is the home of great coffee, cake and cheese to name just a few. As well as refuelling at one of the many food stalls, this is the perfect place to pick up some of the freshest produce in the city for tea.

Borough Market trading has been taking place on this very spot since 12th Century.

Tate Modern

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Home to some of the latest and greatest international modern and contemporary art, Tate Modern is one of most striking venues in London.

Take a stroll and lose yourself as you wander through the vast display spaces of the Turbine Hall and The Tanks. It’s not all about the views inside the building. Head to the viewing level for one of the best panoramic views in town.

1Rebel

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To be a good runner you need to be flexible, fast and fit. Sometimes you can put in all the miles on the road and forget everything else. Break the trend at the new face of fitness, 1Rebel, one of London’s coolest exercise studios.

Prepare yourself for an intense 45 minutes. Exertion that you never thought possible. This sweaty group exercise class is designed to condition and resculpt selected muscle-groups.

“It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.”
King George V

Buckingham Palace

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You can’t go to London and not pay a visit to the home of city’s most famous resident. As well as being the Queen’s London residence, Buckingham Palace is one of the city’s most famous running stretches. It is here that runners take on the final turn, before heading down The Mall to cross the finishing line and receive their London Marathon medals.

It’d be rude not to recreate a famous dash down The Mall while you’re there.

London Eye

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Designed to celebrate the turn of the millenium, The London Eye has become a mainstay in every tourist’s bucket list. Whether you choose to take to the skies or simply take it in from a distance, this is ranks highly in Instagramability.

An unofficial end to the busy stretch of the Southbank, from here you can enjoy a peaceful and uninterrupted run along the Thames Path.

The London Eye is Europe’s tallest Ferris Wheel.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
Samuel Johnson

Regent’s Park

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London is blessed with green spaces. Several royal parks sprawl across the city, from Hyde Park to St James’s Park, which makes running in Central London so accessible and enjoyable. Few London parks can claim to offer the visitor as much as Regent’s Park. Enter the great green space either from the hustle and bustle of central London or the more calmer corners of St Johns Wood or Camden using Regents Canal. Throughout the park you will find a network of trails, paths and open water views.

"The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane."
Stephen Fry

Camden

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Rooted in North London, Camden is an attack on the senses. From vibrant street art to a famous live music scene, the hustle and bustle of the borough is not to be missed. Be sure to visit both Camden Lock itself and the street market, where you will find a combination of great food and vintage clothing.

Former Camden residents include the esteemed author, Sir Charles Dickens and legendary singer, Amy Winehouse.

Brick Lane

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Formerly a famous slum and scene of the crime of the Jack The Ripper murders, Brick Lane in East London is now one of the hotspots of the city’s creative scene.

Brick Lane is famed for it’s boutique shops, vintage clothing and curry houses. Expect to see a young crowd hanging out against a backdrop of world class street art – with graffiti from artists such as Banksy and Ben Eine.

Old Truman Brewery

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Once home to London’s biggest brewery, the Old Truman Brewery is now a hub of independent shops, bars and restaurants – just off Brick Lane.

“Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic…”
Charlotte Riddell

Hoi Polloi and Ace Hotel

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With a name that means “the people” it’s hard not to want to join the pack and dine here. Wood-panelled, bright lights, stylish company, this is the perfect pre-party eating location.

Situated in the suitably sharp area of Shoreditch, mains include the exquisite Braised short rib and baked polenta gnocchi.

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