London Landmarks Half Marathon
Sun 6 Apr 2025

London Landmarks Half Marathon

A spirited Central London run with live music, upbeat DJs, street-dancers and inspiring themes on a landmark-packed route with closed roads. Charity places available for 2025.

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  • Sun 6 Apr 2025

London Landmarks Half Marathon

09:20

£10-£40

Age 17 & over

Overview

From cultural landmarks and heritage to the city's quirky and hidden secrets, runners get to explore the capital on a route like no other with an atmosphere which will have you returning year after year!

This is a half marathon that is all about the experience of running through London's historic streets alongside thousands of others and is a completely not-for-profit event organised by a charity to benefit many charities!

Highlights

  • Traffic-free city half

    The route is a brilliant fusion of the capital's most iconic landmarks and a celebration of its storied history, including character performances, live music and brilliant views.

  • Live music

    From steel drum bands to a live DJ, the capital reverberates to the beat of live music around this 13.1-mile course, keeping your energy levels high!

  • Historical exhibitions

    Around the city, you can find characters from London's Roman, Tudor and Victorian history, celebrating everything that makes the city unique.

  • Huge crowds

    Supporters and spectators hit the streets in their thousands to help cheer runners on to the finish line, creating an electric atmosphere.

Event video

  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Wheelchair users

The event is proud to deliver a pan-London community engagement programme and involves London wide schools, boroughs, community groups, cultural organisations, sports clubs and businesses in both event development and on the day.

  • Accommodation
  • Bag storage
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Pall Mall
Pall Mall
London
Greater London
SW1
UK

  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

The London Landmarks Half Marathon is so much more than just a run! Every year the race celebrates London's grand, quirky and hidden history like never before. Runners and spectators discover the birthplace of the bowler hat and learn about Roman life beneath the City's cobbled streets.

Starting by Pall Mall and finishing by Downing Street, the London Landmarks Half Marathon route has much to offer including activations, musical performances, DJs, dancers, themed cheer stations and of course world-famous landmarks too:

Famous landmarks

  • Nelson's Column
  • Somerset House
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • Guildhall
  • Bank of England
  • Monument to the Great Fire of London
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Cheese Grater
  • The Gherkin
  • London Eye
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Shard
  • River Thames
  • London Eye
  • St. Thomas' Hospital
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON ROUTE MAP
A fabulous central London half marathon route adorned with route activations, musical performances, DJs, dancers, themed cheer stations and more!

Theme

Recent themes have celebrated the grand, the quirky and the hidden history of this famous city. Runners and spectators discovered the birthplace of the bowler hat, learnt more about Roman life beneath the City's cobbled streets and found out why Waterloo Bridge is known as Ladies Bridge.

Bringing history to life

  • Creator of the bowler hat

    Lock & Co's hatmaker, Thomas Bowler, designed a hardy new hat for the Earl of Leicester's gamekeepers - so the bowler hat was created.

  • Britain's smallest police station

    Built so the police could watch troublesome demonstrators in Trafalgar Square.

  • Oscar Wilde's memorial

    Designed as a seat so you can enjoy his company.

  • Gringotts Bank

    Australia House was used as the setting in Harry Potter.

  • London's oldest shop

    R.Twining & Co has been run by the same family from the same location since 1787.

  • Guy Fawkes House

    Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plotters met here when hatching their plans for the Gunpowder Plot.

  • Shakespeare's House

    Shakespeare bought the house in 1613 on the corner of St. Andrew's Hill and Ireland Yard.

  • Postman's Park

    Famous from the film Closer this memorial commemorates ordinary people who died trying to save the lives of others.

  • St. Mary-le-Bow

    The famous bell from the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

  • Roman Amphitheatre

    Constructed by the Romans and seated over 7,000 spectators.

  • Pudding Lane

    The Great Fire of London started in a shop here, believed to have belonged to Thomas Farriner, who supplied ships biscuits for the Navy.

  • Whitehall Palace

    Shakespeare first performed the Tempest here for the court of King James I.

Music

This event brings together celebrated musical talent from across the capital! A motivating soundtrack of pulsing pop, sensational samba and uplifting ballads kept runners going. In recent years, runners were treated to:

  • Batala London

    Winners of the Notting Hill Carnival samba category. 

  • Drum Works

    London's inspirational and vibrant drumming group.

  • Popchoir

    Uplifting songs to keep runners' feet moving!

  • London Gay Men's Chorus

    Britain's biggest boyband.

  • London Sings

    Keeping spirits high with swing, jazz and musical theatre repertoire.

  • Newham Super Choir

    An over-60s choir with classical, pop, jazz and folk.

  • Nostalgia Steelband

    The UK's first steel band established in 1964, heard at the London Olympics and BBC Radio London.

  • Bar Salsa DJ

    Toe-tapping dance tunes.

  • Tuneless Choir

    Do you love singing but lack the ability, practice or confidence?

  • Rock Choir

    The world's largest, contemporary choir.

  • Singology

    Led by Mark De-Lisser, TV vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ and ‘Let it Shine’.

  • The Noteables

    An award winning pop chamber combining good music with serious levels of fun!

  • Brassbound

    A brass, wind and percussion group that plays originals, covers, reggae, Afro-beat, Ska, funk, pop, and Nawlins style.

  • Vocallective

    An eclectic repertoire runners will love!

  • Race Tunnel!

    Getting runners grooving on the route.

Dancers

Sustainability

  • Bring your own cup
  • Plastic bottle free
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

What's included

  • Chip timing
  • Event app
  • Goody bag
  • GPS tracking
  • iTAB
  • Medal
  • T-shirt

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Charity is at the heart of the London Landmarks Half Marathon. The event is organised by Tommy's to support many charities, meaning that all profits from the event will go to good causes.

This is hugely beneficial to the charities and gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event.

Benefits of running for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey!

  • Branded running kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.

  • Support on the day

    When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!

  • Post-race recovery

    Many charities will provide refreshments and a post-race sports massage for their runners. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.

What are charity places?

Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general/ballot entries are closed.

Running a half marathon and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Children

Smile Train

Supporting cleft surgery and other forms of essential comprehensive cleft care.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Disability

Mencap

Helping people with a learning disability to live their lives as they choose.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Health and Medical

Meningitis Now

Saving lives and rebuilding futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support.

  • T-shirt
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Supporter cheer packs
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£300

Health and Medical

JDRF

Improving lives. Curing type 1 diabetes.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£35

Fundraise
£350

International

WaterAid

Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Pre-event training sessions

Sign up
£40

Fundraise
£350

Health and Medical

Muscular Dystrophy UK

Changing the future of muscle-wasting conditions.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising incentives
  • Training plan
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Post-race reception
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

International

CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

CAFOD is there, wherever the need is greatest to ensure that no one is beyond reach.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£400

Mental health

Rethink Mental Illness

Challenging attitudes on mental health to help those severely affected by mental illness.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£35

Fundraise
£350

Cancer

Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer

Raising awareness and saving lives for prostate, testicular and penile cancer.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Certificate
  • Memento
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£35

Fundraise
£300

Cancer

Blood Cancer UK

The blood cancer research charity.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£350

Cancer

Anthony Nolan

Saving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Children

Make-A-Wish UK

Creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Children

Dreams Come True

Making dreams come true to bring joy to seriously ill children.

  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Heart

British Heart Foundation

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but the BHF is leading the fight against it.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£350

Mental health

SANE

Supporting those affected by mental illness to change mental health for good.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Social welfare

Victim Support

Where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£26

Fundraise
£350

  • Age 17 & over
  • Ballot not yet open
  • Charity entries open
  • Ballot
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post

How to enter

There are 2 ways to secure your place in this fantastic event:

  • Ballot entry

    The ballot for 2025 will open later in the year.

  • Charity place

    Secure a place with a charity and raise/donate money for an important cause.

Entering the ballot

Places in the event are allocated using a ballot system.

You'll need to fill in an application form. It's free to enter but if you're successful you will need to pay the entry fee before the deadline. You will find out if you have been successful later in the year after which you could enter the second chance ballot or apply for a charity place if still available.

Following the announcement of the main ballot, all unsuccessful ballot applicants will automatically be entered into a second chance ballot for free.

Don't worry if you're not one of the lucky ones, you'll still be able to join a charity team to secure your place.

Charity places

Save yourself ballot hassle - secure a place today.

If you'd prefer to run as part of a charity team or you weren't one of the lucky ballot applications, you can secure your place at the start line with one of these charity partners. Charities are now taking applications for places for 2025. You can search for a charity or find the cheapest registration fee or lowest fundraising amount.

Charity places are available from free + sponsorship pledge.

This was my first ever London Landmarks Half Marathon and it was absolutely an amazing experience. Very enjoyable with all people call out your name, saying "come on - you can do it". I would like to say a massive thank you to all the organisers and the volunteers that made this day so special, hundred percent, recommend it and would love to do it again. Scott G

Great atmosphere all the way round to help you keep going. So well organised from the warm up person to choirs, entertainers and spectators. Church bells through London city memorable. I am inspired to do again. Thank you! Catherine H

Amazing event, well organised, best course entertainment I have come across after 8 years of running events. It was an amazing experience and also a great opportunity to support charity. Thank you to the event organizers and volunteers. Sean L

I had a wonderful day running this event with friends. Such a friendly crowd and lovely to run through London with ease. I enjoyed the pre-race warm up and the Marshalls were super friendly. Definitely want to do this one again! Loved the medal! Lisa B

It was my first half marathon and I loved every second. Natasha Maynard

An amazing and unique experience. Nikki Harris

Fab charities shouting you on, fab entertainment, music, crowds all in our fabulous capital… with just a few miles between friends… what’s not to love?! Sally D

Second time I’ve done this now as it really is a great event. Brilliant support the whole way round from everyone. Very well organised and such a good atmosphere with over 22,000 entries so nearly half the London Marathon. The medal is the best there is. I’ll be back next year as it’s my favourite event so far. Mark C

This has been my favourite running event so far! I cannot recommend it enough. The atmosphere was amazing and so well organised. I'd love to do it again. Highly recommend for first time half marathon runners and walk/runners. Rebecca P

I had just the best time at LLHM. From start to finish, a most wonderful event. Great organisation, support from the volunteers and officials, plenty of loos (unheard of usually in events like this), well timed start pens, fabulous route, amazing crowd support. Simply the best event I've ever done and I've done ALOT! Emma W

Excellent event .. definitely one for the bucket list!!!! Roberta M

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