The London Marathon begins in Blackheath and Greenwich Park at 10 AM, and immediately heads east through Charlton. (Note: The elite women set off 45 mins earlier at 9.15 AM, and the wheelchair racers start at 8.55 AM.) The runners will turn near Woolwich High Street at approx 10.15 AM, and head back through Charlton towards Greenwich again, passing the Cutty Sark at around 10.30 AM.
They will then follow the bend of the river north, past Deptford and Rotherhithe (passing Rotherhithe station at around 10.50 AM), and cross the river at Tower Bridge. The runners will have covered 12-miles by this point, and it will be around 11 AM.
The runners will then head east again, through Shadwell, past Westferry and Canary Wharf (passing the tall towers at One Canada Square at around 11:30 PM), and then double back past Limehouse towards The City. The race will now enter the touristy parts of London.
The 23-mile point will be reached at the Tower of London at around 11.50 PM. They will then pass along Lower Thames Street, Upper Thames Street, past Blackfriars station at around 11.55 AM, and down the Victoria Embankment to Westminster Bridge. They will then cross the north side of Parliament Square and the southside of St. James's Park, turning in front of Buckingham Palace, and ending (and collapsing!) halfway down The Mall at approx 12.05 PM.
Note: All timings are approximate.
The current men's record for the 26.2 miles is 2.04:40, set by the Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. The women's record is held by Britain's own Paula Radcliffe, with a time of 2.15:25 in 2003.
Wembley Stadium tour – Every day (except event days) – Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup.
Arsenal FC — Tour of the Emirates Stadium – Every day (except match days) – Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum.
Chelsea FC — Tour of Stamford Bridge – Every day (except match days) – Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Guided tour around Lord’s Cricket Ground – Every day – Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket, with this tour of Lord's Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum.
Afternoon tea, in the Long Room at Lord’s – 17 Feb, 31 Mar, 19 May, 8 Sep, 6 Oct and 10 Nov 2019 – Cricket fans will love dressing themselves up for this Afternoon Tea, because it's held in the historic Long Room at Lord's.
Yoga class on the glass floor at Tower Bridge – 20 Feb, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 15 May and 19 Jun 2019 – Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge.
If you enjoy The Mall then you might like to visit Buckingham Palace (you can walk it in 7 mins), Clarence House (you can walk it in 4 mins), St. James’s Palace (you can walk it in 4 mins) and St. James’s Park (you can walk it in less than 3 mins)
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