The 17th April sees seasoned athletes, amateurs, charity fund-raisers and plenty of folk in funny costumes descend upon the capital to take part in one of the city’s most anticipated sporting events, the London Marathon. The 27 kilometre route will start in Greenwich, heading West towards Southwark where the 50,000 runners will take in the impressive Shard Project – soon-to-be Europe’s tallest skyscraper.
They will then enjoy one of the most scenic parts of their route, across Tower Bridge and into the City. After sailing through Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, where they will charge through London’s business and financial hub the route veers West again, taking in all of London’s great tourist hotspots, including St. Paul’s and the historic Temple district, home to Temple church – one of the sacred locations in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. The by-now rather weary runners will make their final approach to Westminster Abbey, then enjoy the flower-filled St. James’ Park before pushing to the last hurdle in Green Park, just a short walk from Flemings.
If you are in London to witness this fun-filled, jolly affair don’t forget to take a hat to shelter from the spring sun. Of course, if just watching the runners has made you thirsty, head to Flemings bar for a restorative cocktail, or a refreshing afternoon tea.