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City Fitness: London Running Routes

  • Sports -05-Feb-2018

1. Hyde Park Loop

Hyde Park is an obvious place to start running if you're in central London. This lovely green space is popular with fitness fanatics so there is a strong community of joggers for you to run into! Hyde Park is a lovely and relaxed setting. Among its leafy confines, it's easy to forget that you're in the middle of the city.

The Hyde Park Loop starts at Marble Arch and takes you down to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and back again.

2. The Diana Memorial Run

This is one of the most well-marked routes in Central London. You can follow the rose brass plates along the pavement. This route takes in the big four inner city parks of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park, as well as the Palace and other iconic London sites.

3. Two Bridges Run

Thanks to the scenic pathways, it's a joy to run along both sides of the Thames. This route takes you from the Golden Jubilee Bridge to the Millennium Bridge and back again. Take in the riverside views of Big Ben, the Tate Modern and more. This route can get busy during the day, so get up early!

4. Barbican to Westminster

Speaking of getting up early, this route takes you up one of London's busiest streets. So this is definitely a dawn run, but a really nice one.

This route combines some of Central London's best features with the iconic Thames-side views. Starting at The Barbican, this route takes you to the river via St Paul's Cathedral, around to Big Ben, then back up the south side of the river to Black Friars and up Farringdon Street.

5. Thames Path Marathon Run

This hardcore run takes you from the Thames Barrier to Tower Bridge and back again, taking in the north and south sides of the Thames Path.

The benefit of this path is that it is so well defined. The Thames path is very clearly labelled, even in the tricky bits through Southwark. And if you're lost, just keep the river on your left!

6. Richmond Park Half Marathon

This half-marathon run is a popular route for casual runners and pros alike. Taking in the verdant pleasures of Richmond Park, this run has something special to offer all year round.

Starting in the north-west corner of Richmond Park, this route takes you in a figure of eight around Wimbledon Common for some Womble spotting and back around to your starting point.

7. London Marathon 2017

Relive the action and drama of last year's London Marathon by running it yourself! Start at Blackheath, in the shadow of the Observatory and take the Capital's biggest challenge - all 44.4km up to the Mall.

Along the way you'll take in the iconic London riverside, all of the Isle of Dogs, up past Big Ben and past Buckingham Palace. This is not a run for the faith of heart!

We hope some of these runs have given you the inspiration to get out there and explore the city while getting fit. If you're visiting us for business and want to maintain your fitness regime, try a riverside run along the Thames, or take advantage of our full gym facilities right in your hotel. Whatever your business travel needs, you'll find them right here at Grange Hotels.

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