We’re not all fit enough to run the marathon. (It’s 26 miles after all!) But we are nice enough to show our support, both to loved ones participating and to strangers who need encouragement! But since it’s a whole day affair, we might as well make the most of it! Stick to the marathon’s route and eat your way around while you wait for the right time to meet your friends on the finish line.
The marathon starts around 10am in Blackheath so it’s definitely time for breakfast. We recommend The Giraffe for a stack of pancakes, ceremoniously supported by banana pillars. Alternatively, head to Cote Brasserie for a Bloody Mary if you want to get the day started the right way. Build up your strengths while your runners pick up their pace and get the run started on the best foot. You’ll meet up with them later in the middle of their journey.
Mile 13 is when runners will begin to feel the burn but reaching halfway is an incredible feeling and it’s great to be there to share it with them! (It’s also a great place to be because it doubles to be mile 22 as well!) We recommend heading from breakfast to mile 13 to see your runners, then go to lunch before returning to see them swing back round for mile 22. See Cirilo for stir fry noodles, then head to nearby Mahogany Bar for a much-loved building with exposed brick and woodwork, a rich sense of history and a drink before seeing your friends at mile 22!
Head straight from mile 22 to the final stretch around St James Park to get a decent spectating spot along the last leg of the run, close to the finishing line. When everyone is across, head to the middle of the park to The Inn to pick up some drinks. If the clouds have disappeared by then, you might be able to enjoy a good few drinks in the sunshine in a good park spot! But remember, especially if you’re celebrating with the runner, that they must be fed and hydrated well first!
Tell us your London marathon stories and favourite spots to eat along the route!
Also, see our article on ‘Where to Watch The London Marathon‘.