Where to watch the London Marathon

Planning to offer some moral support at 2015's race? Here are the best spectator spots along the route

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Let's be honest, running 26 miles dressed as a chicken is hardly the simplest of tasks, is it? So if you're not taking part in the London Marathon on Saturday April 25 2015, be sure to show your support for those who are. Check out the race route below to find the best spectating spots and track down nearby pubs and bars for when all that cheering and applauding leaves you gasping for refreshment.

The Start: Greenwich

The start (or starts to be precise, since elite men elite women and the mass race all begin in slightly different places) in Greenwich will be heaving. Your support, whether general or specific, will probably be more appreciated later on. Transport: Greenwich/Cutty Sark DLR or Blackheath rail. Check out places to eat and drink near the Marathon start below.

Greenwich Union

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 56 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT
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Old Brewery

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Pepys Building, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW
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Pavilion Tea House

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Greenwich Park, (Blackheath Gate), SE10 8QY
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Richard I

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 52-54 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT
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1. The Highway: Mile 13 and Mile 22

The race doubles back on itself here, so take up a position on the central reservation and you'll see the runners twice – and the first of the runners going east may see the elite women heading back in the opposite direction. Transport: Shadwell DLR or rail. Check out places to eat and drink near the Highway below.

Il Bordello

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 81 Wapping High Street, E1W 2YN
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Lahore

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 2 Umberston Street, E1 1PY
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Prospect of Whitby

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 57 Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH
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Wapping Food

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, (Wapping Wall), E1W 3SG
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2. Westferry Road: Mile 16

Just over 10 miles to go and the race is starting to hot up as the more serious of the runners start to up their pace, leaving the rest to grit their teeth and continue at a steady slog. Transport: Canary Wharf tube or Heron Quays DLR. Check out places to eat and drink near Westferry Road below.

Boisdale Canary Wharf

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Cabot Place, E14 4QT
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  1. Level 2, (Cabot Place East), E14 4QT
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  1. Cabot Place West, E14 4QS
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  1. 200 Cabot Place East, E14 4QT
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3. Mudchute Park: Mile 17

Taking the kids to see a parent run? This is a good spot to choose – very handy for a visit to Mudchute Farm. Encourage the kids to lend support to the rest of the competitors, too; it's not so crowded here and their cheers could make a real difference. Transport: Mudchute DLR. Check out places to eat and drink near Mudchute Park below.

Cutty Sark Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 4-6 Ballast Quay, SE10 9PD
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Frizzante @ Mudchute

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Mudchute Park & Farm, (Pier Street), E14 3HP
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Old Brewery

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Pepys Building, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW
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Trafalgar Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Park Row, SE10 9NW
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4. Blackfriars Underpass: Mile 24

The course takes the runners through the underpass here – catch them as they emerge into daylight having wrestled with their demons in a rare moment of privacy. Transport: London Blackfriars rail. Check out places to eat and drink near Mudchute Park below. Check out places to eat and drink near Blackfriars Underpass below.

Barbecoa

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 20 New Change Passage, EC4M 9AG
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Black Friar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 174 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4EG
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Bread Street Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. One New Change, 10 Bread Street, EC4M 9AB
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Northbank

  • Rated as: 3/5
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  1. One Paul's Walk, EC4V 3QH
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5. Embankment: Mile 25

The runners are more spread out and visible now and the goal is within their grasp. Cheer them on towards the finish then head for the alphabetically signposted meet-up points in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade. Transport: Embankment tube or Charing Cross rail. Check out places to eat and drink near Embankment below.

Gordon's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE
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  1. Corinthia Hotel, (Whitehall Place), SW1A 2BD
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Lupita

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 13-15 Villiers Street, WC2N 6ND
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Terroirs

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 5 William IV Street, WC2N 4DW
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AriesatLarge
AriesatLarge

DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF I CAN JOIN THE MARATHON AT THE LAST MOMENT?. JUST GO THERE. JOIN THE PEOPLE AND RUN.

Oldbag
Oldbag

What would have been helpful would be to put some times as to when the leading runners and then the bulk of the runners would hit those spots.....

chrisppy
chrisppy

Great article.. Big help as my friend is a runner for scope and I had no idea what to do!well all sorted now may even squeeze a nostalgic visit to mudchute farm, as that looks like a whole lot of fun as well!

This is me
This is me

RE: Blackfriars Underpass: Mile 24 If you fancy one of the suggested restaurants, pubs or bars, remember to check first that it is open on Sunday - many City places are not.