Pubs and Bars for the London Marathon

The ultimate test of determination, stamina and character, the London Marathon isn't easy on the runners, either. If you're looking for some of the best pubs and bars on the route to take a well-earned break for refreshments, we've got you covered. Mapping out a drinking route which starts in Greenwich, winds through central London and finishes up just a stone's throw from the finishing tape in St. James' Park, cheer on those runners with a pint in hand at our recommended bars on the London Marathon 2019 route.


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The Gun might involve a slight detour from the race route, but that's more than acceptable when you consider those stunning riverside views. Open from noon on race day, runners will be snaking their way through Canary Wharf and the city as you drop in at this Grade II listed, historic gastropub for a quick pitstop. The Gun serves a delightful Sunday roast with views that look out towards the O2 Arena and the city.

Davy's Wine Vaults

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There's nowhere better than Davy's to soak in the air of expectation as race time nears. As the runners limber up for 26.2 miles of hard toil just moments away on Greenwich Park, you'll be settling into a welcoming and characterful wine bar known for its 19th century furnishings and vintage feel. Davy's handily opens to set you up for a big day out with some brunch treats and a cheeky glass of wine or two from 9am.

The Folly

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The city's self-proclaimed "botanically-inspired haven" makes for an excellent stop-off point as runners make their way towards Monument. The going may be getting pretty tough as runners hit the wall, but the atmosphere couldn't be any more serene inside The Folly, which will be serving up free range roasts with all the trimmings as part of their Sunday Lunch offering.

Located just a stone's throw from The Mall, there's really only one place to wrap up our guide to the best bars and pubs on the London Marathon route. Head to the heart of St. James' Park once the race is run and toast a job well done (by the runners, but also by yourself) by refuelling with a bacon butty and a cocktail.