18 highlights of the London Marathon route
Since its inception, the London Marathon course has weaved from east to west, Greenwich to Westminster. The 2019 event is no different – we explore the iconic sights along the way from Canary Wharf to The Mall and everything in between.

18 highlights of the London Marathon route

Nearly 40,000 runners from across the globe flock to London in April each year to take part in the largest annual fundraising event in the world.

We’ve picked out some of the best well-known and lesser-known attractions of the 26.2-mile route in one handy guide to get you inspired for April...

Greenwich Park

Home to one of London's most iconic views, Greenwich Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. Runners will begin the London Marathon at the south-east corner of the park.

Greenwich Park
Start line - Greenwich Park

Charlton House

Just before the two-mile mark you’ll reach Charlton House and grounds, the finest and best preserved Jacobean Mansion in London. Charlton Park sits just behind the House.

Charlton House
Charlton House

Royal Artillery Barracks

Just before completing mile three, you’ll run right past the Royal Artillery Barracks – host of the pistol and rifle shooting events during the London 2012 Olympic games.

Royal Artillery Barracks
Royal Artillery Barracks

St. Mary’s Gardens

As you make a right-angle turn at St. Mary’s Gardens you’ll receive your first views across the Thames before heading back towards Greenwich Park.

St. Mary's Gardens
St. Mary's Gardens

Cutty Sark

Now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, the Cutty Sark is celebrated historic sailing ship and the fastest of its time. Cutty Sark features at around mile six of the London Marathon.

Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark

Tower Bridge

Roughly 12.5 miles into the race you’ll experience the thrill of running across Tower Bridge, with 100’s of spectators to cheer you across!

Tower Bridge
Runners across Tower Bridge

Tower of London

Founded in 1066, the infamous Tower of London features just before the 13 and 23-mile markers in the London Marathon, giving you a couple of opportunities to view the World Heritage Site.

Tower of London
Tower of London

St George in the East

This Anglican Church dedicated to Saint George features around the halfway mark and mile 22. It was built in the early 1700’s and is one of six Hawksmoor churches in London.

St George in the East Church
St George in the East

Millwall Park

The course will run parallel with Millwall Park at around 17 miles in – a great chance to take in the open views of Canary Wharf.

Millwall Park
View from Millwall Park

Canary Wharf

After taking in the views from Millwall Park, it’s time to head to Canary Wharf itself! From around mile 18.5 you’ll run beneath One Canada Square (2nd tallest building in London) and the iconic HSBC Building.

Canary Wharf
Runners at Canary Wharf

Blackwall Basin

As you cross the bridge over Blackwall Basin, be sure to make a glance to your right to capture this view of The O2 Arena.

Blackwall Basin
View of O2 arena from Blackwall Basin

Blackfriars Bridge

Mile 24 sees runners go under Blackfriars Bridge, emerging up the other side to packed crowds on both sides cheering you on for the final couple of miles.

Blackfriars Bridge
Runners emerge under Blackfriars Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Continuing along Victoria Embankment, you’ll pass underneath Waterloo Bridge – look across the Thames to see the London Eye and Big Ben.

Waterloo Bridge
Runners pass under Waterloo Bridge

Whitehall Gardens

Before you reach Big Ben look out for the Whitehall Gardens on your right just after the 25-mile marker.

Whitehall Gardens
Whitehall Gardens

London Eye

After Whitehall Gardens have passed on your right, take a glace across the river to your left and you should be roughly dead-opposite the London Eye, Europe's tallest Ferris wheel.

London Eye
London Eye

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

With less than a mile to go you’ll make a right-hand turn right in front of Big Ben – you’ll notice a surge in volume as the crowds get thicker, the cheers helping you over the final hurdle.

Big Ben
Runners approach Big Ben

Buckingham Palace

After running parallel to St James’s Park you’ll come to the beautiful Buckingham Palace. Only a matter of metres to go now as you round the Victoria Memorial onto The Mall.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

The Mall

After 26.2 miles of running past many iconic sights of London, this is one scene you’ll never forget.

The Mall
Runners on The Mall

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