Whether you’re in the middle of training for a marathon or you just love a leisurely jog, London has enough variety and beauty to keep even the most mileage-hungry runners busy. So, come take a stroll with us, dust off those running shoes, queue up that playlist – you’ve got some miles to smash.
Best for: a huge variety of routes and paths.
Regent’s Park is a runner’s paradise. It has become one of the most popular spots because of the variety of routes you’ll find there. Whether you want to do a long run or a shorter distance, you’ll find the right path for you there. It also has arguably one of the best finishing spots in London as you can make a quick dash across the road to end your run with an uphill sprint (or walk – no judgment) to the top of Primrose Hill – one of the best views in the whole of the city.
Best for: those who don’t like hills! A beginner’s option.
If you’re an East London dweller, Victoria Park is another gem that’ll keep you off the streets and running past lush trees, fields and gardens. As an added bonus, it also boasts a village in the middle of the park which is home to some of the best coffee spots around. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, don’t fret – there are also some great park pubs if you fancy a well-deserved, post-run beverage.
Best for: running with a great view.
This is an absolute must for all those runners who like to cop an eyeful whilst running. On this route you can see some of London’s most popular and famous sights, from Big Ben to the London Eye. If you continue to run along the South Bank, you’ll also pass the Tate Modern, to then finish up by crossing the Millennium Bridge. With all these stunning distractions, you won’t even notice how long you’ve been running for.
Best for: escaping the city and tranquillity.
Is it even a London running guide without a mention of Richmond park? The pleasure of Richmond goes far beyond its rugged dirt trails. The whole place is beautiful, and if you’re really lucky, you might even spot some of the friendly deer that reside there along the way.
Best for: longer distance training with 10-15km routes.
London doesn’t fall short on the canal front. Regent’s Canal is basically your own personal tour of Central London. You can meander past Little Venice, which has been voted as one of the prettiest spots in London, whilst also having full control of how long you run for. All you have to do is decide when to loop back around!