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 London Marathon 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 2017 route.
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 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.
As those hero runners navigate their way through the streets of South-East London, you’ll be rocking up to Tanner & Co, a real gem of a restaurant and bar on Bermondsey Street. Bringing an old-school approach with great quality food and an exciting array of cocktails, beers and wines, Tanner & Co is one of the most easygoing bars on the London Marathon route. Get here nice and early to bag a spot in their quaint alfresco area; tables go fast when the sun is out!
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.
Expect a carnival atmosphere as the runners near Embankment and begin to think about the glorious scenes on the home stretch. Jamie’s on Tudor Street would be a great spot to ready yourself for the finish line, with a range of sandwiches, main courses and a list of over 20 wines by the glass to mull over.
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.