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Monday, 27 April 2015

Pop-Up Restaurant: Dine in a Church, Crayfish Boil or Yoga Brunch from £35.95 with Grub Club


 Grub Club Pop-Up Dining Experience

Pop-Up Restaurant: Dine in a Church, Crayfish Boil or Yoga Brunch from £35.95 with Grub Club

The Deal

Culinary adventurers can take their pick from three pop-up dining experiences at locations across London, from a church in London Fields to Brixton East Gallery.
Dine In a Church - 15 May
Diners can head to a church in Hackney for a gourmet Italian meal in atmospheric candlelit confines. Classic Italian dishes handed down from generation to generation are served, and can be accompanied by wine brought along by guests.
Church Crescent, London Fields, E9 7DH
The Louisiana Crayfish Boil Experience - 6 June
Guests are taken on a journey to America’s Deep South as succulent crayfish are served up at a communal table, with a live bluegrass band providing the soundtrack.
Elcho Street, SW11 4AT
Yoga Brunch - 16 August
This popular brunch was set up to leave guests feeling zen, calm and very well fed. Diners can unwind with with a session of yoga before tucking into healthy items including soup and salads.
Brixton East 1871, 71 Gresham Road, SW9 7NS

Choose Between Two Options

  • £35.95 for for one person
  • £71.90 for two people

The Merchant

Grub Club puts hand-picked chefs in quirky, underused London locales for unconventional meals. The experimental multi-course dining experiences are held in such venues as buses and music halls, and can be hired out by budding hosts. The company is headed up by Liv and Sid, whose passion for the rich tastes of Zanzibari and South Indian cuisine prompted them to start a pop-up restaurant business which could bring together food lovers.

The Museum of Brands: Entry For Two (£7.50) or Family (£10) (50% Off)



The Museum of Brands: Entry For Two (£7.50) or Family (£10) (50% Off)

The Deal

Two adults or an adult and a child can enjoy two entry tickets to the Museum of Brands. Family entry is also available for a combination of up to two adults and up to four children. Those with visitors aged 4-8 or 9-13 can also go on the Family Trail to tackle activities and talking points while heading down memory lane with the makes and consumer goods of yesteryear.
Choose from the following options for tickets:
  • £7.50 for two people (50% off)
  • £10 for family of four (50% off)

The Merchant

Situated close to Portobello Road Market, The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is home to a dizzying array of consumer goods from decades past. Established in Gloucester in 1984, the collection moved to London in 2005. A registered charity dealing with the preservation of all manner of packets, fads, toys, and ads past, the museum is also available as a venue to hire, and contains a tea room as well as retro-inspired goods in its shop.

London Museum of Water and Steam: Adult (from £6.50) or Family (£16) Entry (Up to 43% Off)



London Museum of Water and Steam: Adult (from £6.50) or Family (£16) Entry (Up to 43% Off)

London Museum of Water and Steam

Curious visitors can explore the past, present and future of London’s water system at this recently-refurbished museum, unearthing little-known facts about the liquid history of the capital. The Waterworks feature artefacts and interactive exhibits that demonstrate the vital role of water as the lifeblood of the metropolis. Things can get messy in the Splash Zone, an outdoor area for families to enjoy some water-based fun. Stopping by the Waterwheel Courtyard, guests can discover how gears, wheels, buckets, levers, pumps and pipes are all used to control water in different ways.
The heart of the museum showcases a majestic collection of steam pumping engines, including engines from Cornwall, as well as rotative engines. There’s also a short railway line, demonstrating an example of the railways that were a common feature of Victorian waterworks. Outside, visitors can stroll around the gardens among a water feature, vegetable patch and pond. Stokers Cafe is available for those in search of refreshment, or guests can browse the visitor shop.

Choose from 4 Options

  • £6.50 for entry for one adult, valid weekdays (43% off)
  • £8.50 for entry for one adult, valid weekends (26% off)
  • £16 for family entry, valid weekdays (43% off)
  • £20.50 for family entry, valid weekends (27% off)

Champagne Afternoon Tea For One, Two or Four from £19 at Criterion Restaurant, Piccadilly Circus


 Criterion Sparkling Afternoon Tea

Champagne Afternoon Tea For One, Two or Four from £19 at Criterion Restaurant, Piccadilly Circus

The Deal

Tradition is served on three tiers at the Criterion Restaurant, where guests can take tea with an infusion of timeless grandeur. A speciality tea selection offers varieties such as Earl Grey supreme, Rose Pouching or African Autumn to accompany a sweet and savoury spread, all to be enjoyed between effervescent sips of Champagne. 
Assorted finger sandwiches will be filled with the likes of smoked salmon and horseradish, or home-smoked chicken and wholegrain mustard on onion bread. A savoury scone awaits a helping of homemade strawberry and seasonal jam with clotted cream. Sweet flavours come in a variety of guises, such as rhubarb and ginger fairy cake, dark chocolate brownie, vanilla panna cotta, lemon curd foam or raspberry and pistachio battenberg.

Choose from 3 Options

  • £19 for a Champagne afternoon tea for one
  • £38 for a Champagne afternoon tea for two
  • £76 for a Champagne afternoon tea for four

The Merchant

Immersed in the tireless energy of Piccadilly Circus, the renowned Criterion Restaurant creates memorable dining experiences within elegant and welcoming surroundings, showcasing the extravagant grandeur of neo-Byzantine design. Having originally opened in 1874, the Grade II listed building’s rich history is exuded by its opulent interior. Lavish marble and real gold features gleam alongside intricate mosaics, mirrored walls and imposing arches. From the main dining room and terrace to the restaurant’s famous Long Bar, the Criterion has played host to all manner of famous literary, political and modern day figures throughout its compelling past.
Criterion Restaurant’s head chef has designed a modern European menu with an emphasis on both luxury and simplicity, made using high quality ingredients sourced from across the British Isles. Dishes are prepared with freshly caught fish, free range produce and meat sourced straight from individual farms. The chefs make the kitchen’s own bread and butter, as well as smoking the fish and preparing the pasta, ricotta and ice cream from scratch. The venue also collaborates with the Sustainable Restaurant Association with the aim of continuing to develop their sustainability.

Seven-Dish Thai Tasting Menu For Two (£34.90) or Four (£69) People at Horapha Thai Cuisine (47% Off)



Seven-Dish Thai Tasting Menu For Two (£34.90) or Four (£69) People at Horapha Thai Cuisine (47% Off)

The Deal

  • Seven-dish Thai taster menu for two or four people.
  • Includes starter, mains and dessert.
  • Customers should note that menu items are subject to change.
Example Menu:
Vegetable spring roll | tom yum chicken | soft shell crab | squid salad | vegetables in oyster sauce | jasmine rice | ice cream

Choose Between Two Options

  • £34.90 for Seven-course Thai tasting menu for two people (47% off)
  • £69 for Seven-course Thai tasting menu for four people (47% off)

The Merchant

Situated on Queensway, near Bayswater tube station, Horapha Thai Cuisine serves up an array of dishes from the region, from soups and curries to stir fries, noodle options and beyond. Open seven days a week, the venue also offers a takeaway service, as well as catering hire and even a private karaoke room for up to 20 people.

Two-Course Steak Meal With Wine from £12.50 at The Victory (Up to 55% Off)



Two-Course Steak Meal With Wine from £12.50 at The Victory (Up to 55% Off)

The Deal

  • 8-10oz rump steak cooked to order and served with chips.
  • A choice of starter, with options including salmon fishcakes, calamari with chilli dip and calabreza, a sliced Brazilian sausage dish.
  • Customers should note that menu items are subject to change.
  • Meals are accompanied by a 125ml glass of red or white wine each.
  • Available seven days a week.
Choose from the following options for a two-course steak meal with wine:
  • £12.50 for one person (up to 53% off)
  • £25 for two people (up to 53% off)
  • £48 for four people (up to 55% off)

The Merchant

Situated just off Edgware Road, The Victory is a blend of traditional pub and contemporary bar. A varied drinks menu encompasses beer, wine, Champagne and cocktails. The kitchen offers a range of Brazilian-inspired dishes alongside British classics like Sunday roasts. Quizzes are held on Mondays while the venue can be hired for parties throughout the year.

Steak and Lobster For Two or Four from £35 at 28 West Bar & Grill (50% Off)



Steak and Lobster For Two or Four from £35 at 28 West Bar & Grill (50% Off)

The Deal

Visitors to 28 West Bar & Grill can surf and turf their way to a full stomach while enjoying the eatery’s views of the Thames. The hearty meal consists of a 10oz rump steak, half a Canadian lobster, corn on the cob and skinny fries, all served with béarnaise sauce (usually £35 per person).

Choose Between Two Options

  • £35 for steak and lobster for two (50% off)
  • £70 for steak and lobster for four (50% off)

The Merchant

28 West Bar & Grill enjoys a riverside location in the capital, overlooking the Thames by the Canary Wharf development. The restaurant’s menu features fresh, seasonal British food, along with a variety of cocktails for fun-loving Londoners. The establishment is open seven days a week and remains open until very late on all but Sunday.

A Personalised Street Sign for Your Home Treat Republic £15 -



A Personalised Street Sign for Your Home

Treat Republic £15  - 
Claim and name your personal space with a fun personalised street sign from Treat Republic. These aluminium and wood artworks are a great way to add an individual and quirky touch to your home.
  • £15 (regular price £35) for a personalised street sign
  • These 30cm x 20cm signs can be personalised with any street name or family name as well as the first part of your postcode and town
  • The street sign is made from aluminium backed with hard wood and can be mounted to the surface of your choice using the provided adhesive strips
  • Delivery is not included in the offer price and starts from £3.95 with standard, express and international delivery options available

Wimbledon: Selfie sticks banned from tennis championship


Wimbledon courts

Selfie sticks have been banned from the Wimbledon tennis championship.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club has warned the sticks - which help with taking self-portrait photos - will not be allowed into this year's event.
The ticketholders' guide said: "In common with many other major sports and entertainment events and cultural attractions, the championships will not allow selfie sticks into the grounds."
The devices have already been banned at some museums and sports grounds.
A spokesman for the club told the Sunday Times the move was brought in partly because of the "nuisance value" but "primarily so it doesn't interfere with spectators' enjoyment".
Fans take selfie with Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2014
These Andy Murray fans made do without a selfie stick at last year's Wimbledon - and others will have to do the same
A selfie stick allows its user a longer reach when using a smartphone or camera to take a "selfie" - a self-portrait photo.
Last month the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, placed the devices in the same category as tripods, which were already prohibited.
The Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and US museum group, The Smithsonian, have also banned selfie sticks.
And after a complaint from a fan, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club prohibited the sticks from their White Hart Lane ground.
Tourists taking a selfie
Selfie sticks allow people a longer reach when using a smartphone to take a picture

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

London Marathon in Photos


Competitors in the London marathon

The races started at Blackheath and Greenwich Park, with the finish line on The Mall

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Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe finished her final London Marathon in two hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds ...

London Marathon Runners Cross Tower Bridge

Conditions were reasonably good for the runners, with patchy rain and mild temperatures

The start of the men's elite race

USA"s Joshua George wins the Men"s wheelchair race ahead of Great Britain"s David Weir

Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race, while David Weir came second

Marathon runners

Guinness World Records received more than 100 requests from entrants attempting a new world record, including the fastest marathon wearing high heels

A young boy looks through the glass flooring at the Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre as the marathon runners cross over the River Thames. More than 750,000 spectators lined the streets to watch the 37,800 runners compete in the 35th year of the famous 26.2-mile road race

A young boy looks through the glass flooring at the Tower Bridge Exhibition Centre as the marathon runners cross over the River Thames. More than 750,000 spectators lined the streets to watch the 37,800 runners compete in the 35th year of the famous 26.2-mile road race
From fundraisers in fancy dress to elite athletes, competitors from up and down the country tackled the London Marathon course today

From fundraisers in fancy dress to elite athletes, competitors from up and down the country tackled the London Marathon course today
From fundraisers in fancy dress to elite athletes, competitors from up and down the country took part in the London Marathon today - which attracted  the highest number of participants in its 35-year history. Pictured: Runners don masks of David Cameron and Nigel Farage

From fundraisers in fancy dress to elite athletes, competitors from up and down the country took part in the London Marathon today - which attracted the highest number of participants in its 35-year history. Pictured: Runners don masks of David Cameron and Nigel Farage
British Formula One driver Jenson Button (pictured) grinned as he clutched his medal after finishing the London Marathon

British Formula One driver Jenson Button (pictured) grinned as he clutched his medal after finishing the London Marathon
While many were running in weird and wonderful get-ups to beat Guinness World Records, others were raising money for charities close to their hearts or overcoming personal challenges

While many were running in weird and wonderful get-ups to beat Guinness World Records, others were raising money for charities close to their hearts or overcoming personal challenges
The men and women's elite races came to a finish just before lunchtime, which paved the way for the masses of charity runners to pound the streets Many fun runners were dressed head-to-toe in comedy costumes (pictured) - as more than 750,000 spectators cheered them on

The men and women's elite races came to a finish just before lunchtime, which paved the way for the masses of charity runners to pound the streets - many of whom were dressed head-to-toe in comedy costumes (pictured) - as more than 750,000 spectators cheered them on
Prince Harry and David and Victoria Beckham were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering on the 37,800 runners

Prince Harry and David and Victoria Beckham were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering on the 37,800 runners
One man opted for a 'naked suit' as he made his way around the famous central London course with fellow fun runners and fundraisers

One man opted for a 'naked suit' as he made his way around the famous central London course with fellow fun runners and fundraisers
Some runners chose giant costumes, including these participants who dressed up as animals, despite barely being able to see out of them More than 750,000 people lined the streets to watch the marathon as the runners made their way from south east London to The Mall in the centre of the capital

Some runners chose giant costumes, including these participants who dressed up as animals, despite barely being able to see out of them
One person chose to wear a giant dinosaur figure-head as they attempted to make their way around the 26.2-mile central London course 

One person chose to wear a giant dinosaur figure-head as they attempted to make their way around the 26.2-mile central London course 

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum - What's on this May at Burgh House




Coming up this May at Burgh House
There's plenty to see and do this May at Burgh House. We're delighted to be hosting a major retrospective of work by Bryan Senior, and we have an exciting range of talks and recitals. Read on for more details.


Art Exhibitions

  

London Paintings from Six Decades: Bryan Senior Retrospective

Fri 1st May - Sun 28th June

Bryan Senior was born in Bolton in 1935 and demonstrated artistic talent from an early age, studying briefly at the Chelsea School of Art and continuing to paint whilst studying at Cambridge. In 1957, Bryan moved to Hampstead and his subsequent work was greatly inspired by his experience of London. This exhibition brings together a selection of Bryan's London work, with a particular focus on Hampstead, his home for many years.
 

A Life in Painting: Jean McNeil

Wed 22nd April – Sun 10th May

Jean McNeil looks back at a life of painting in London and East Anglia. The land and seascapes reflect the artist's changing inner scene. www.jean-mcneil.co.uk
 

Martin Atkinson: Colourful Pathways

Wed 13th May - Sun 24th May

This exhibition of oil and pastels will be both literal and figurative. From the Heath and beyond, the art will describe paths, avenues, rivers and canals.www.martinatkinsonartist.com
 

Marlene Rolfe: Making it up

Wed 27th May - Sun 31st May

Marlene Rolfe's paintings combine images from different sources: drawings, photographs, maps, shadows, textiles, other works of art. In the paintings, past and present, inner and outer, presence and absence co-exist, as they do inside us.
 

Talks & Events

 

Camden History Society: Spies at the Isokon

Thursday 14th May, 7:30pm

Dr David Burke, author of The Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists, reveals what is now known about the Russian spies who lived in the Isokon Building on Lawn Road and nearby houses, as well as the artists and writers who lived there, too. Non-members welcome. £1 on the door.www.camdenhistorysociety.org
 

Family Matters

Thursday 21st May, 7:30pm

Directed by award-winning playwright Claire Brooker, this showcase of extraordinary true tales, written and performed by four of London's best-loved poet-writers, is based on real-life stories. Agnes Meadows, Patricia Foster, Linda Shanovitch and Janett Plummer take us on a rollercoaster ride crossing centuries and continents - you couldn't make it up! Tickets are £8 and are available here.
 

Recitals

 

The Romantic Piano Trio

Sunday 10th May, 3:00pm

The Marmara Piano Trio collaborates with the Piano Trio Society in presenting popular piano trios: the dramatic early C minor piano trio of Beethoven, the virtuosic Mendelssohn D minor trio and Brahms' Hungarian Dances, which will have your feet tapping! Tickets are £10 (children free) available on the door or fromwww.pianotriosociety.org.uk
 

Hampstead Music Club: Piano Masterclass

Thursday 12th May, 8:05pm

A masterclass by Vanessa Latarche, Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music. Suggested donation £3. Please contact Masa Tayama on 07768520352 for more details.
 

Juan Drown and Joseph Tong: Viola & Piano Duo

Sunday 31st May, 2:15pm

Viola and piano duo Juan Drown and Joseph Tong give a recital including works by Brahms, Enescu, Gaubert, Sibelius and Schumann. Tickets £10 (£5 children) available on the door or by emailing juandrownviola@gmail.com

Jane Austen in the Making

Friday 15th May, 7:00pm

Accomplished actor and writer Karin Fernald presents 'We fainted alternately on the sofa' - Jane Austen in the Making, a theatrical exploration of some of the author's earliest works. Written while Austen was still in her teens, these amusing pieces were never intended to be published - but certainly entertained her family and friends! Tickets are £8 (£6 Friends of Burgh House) and are available here.

Bryan Senior: introduction to the Retrospective

Wednesday 20th May, 7:00pm, FREE

Bryan Senior will discuss his life and work in this free talk, which will offer a unique insight into his influences and experiences, as well as his current exhibition at Burgh House. Not to be missed.

Lifelines with Alan Johnson

Thurs 28th May,
7 for 7:30pm

The Labour politician talks with Piers Plowright. Alan, who has been MP for Hull West and Hessle since 1997, has held a number of cabinet positions, including Home Secretary. The second volume of his memoirs,Please, Mister Postman, was published in 2014; the first, This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood, won the Orwell Prize for political writing. Tickets are £12 (£10 Friends of Burgh House) and a supper including wine in our Buttery Cafe is available after the talk for only £20. More information and tickets are available here.

Bank Holiday opening

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum is open on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 12-5pm. We are CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May.
Our Buttery Café is open on both Bank Holiday Mondays 9:30am-5:30pm.

London Marathon: Thousands take part in 35th annual race


London Marathon: Thousands take part in 35th annual race

London marathon

Tens of thousands of runners are taking part in the 35th London Marathon.
Organisers said more than 37,800 people are expected to complete the 26.2 mile course from Blackheath to The Mall, making it the biggest in the event's history.
Many competitors are raising money for charity and hoping to beat the 2014 record amount of £53.2m.
Paula Radcliffe, 41, a former winner and the current world record holder, is running her final marathon.
She started with the mass starters rather than the elite field for her final run along the course, on which she set the world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in April 2003.
Paula Radcliffe
Paula Radcliffe started with the mass starters and said her final race would be a "totally different experience"
Women's elite race
Kenyans Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo are competing in the women's elite race
Speaking to BBC Sport, Radcliffe said: "I want to do myself justice so obviously I won't be close to my fast time.
"It will be a totally different experience for me."
Three-time winner Radcliffe, who has had to nurse an Achilles problem just to make it to London, will be honoured with the inaugural John Disley Lifetime Achievement award at The Mall finish.
Organisers said about 37,800 runners started the race this year, compared with the previous record of 37,227 in 2012.
Competitors are running past some of London's most iconic landmarks including the Cutty Sark.
Home favourite David Weir, who was hoping to land a record seventh crown, finished second behind American Joshua George in the men's wheelchair race.
In the elite men's race Wilson Kipsang is hoping to become the fourth man to win three titles.
Many celebrities are running including Formula 1 star Jenson Button and Radio 1 DJ Greg James.
Athlete David Hemery, who won gold in the 1968 Olympic Games in the 400m hurdles, is running his first marathon for 39 years at the age of 70.
USA"s Joshua George wins the Men"s wheelchair race ahead of Great Britain"s David Weir
Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race, while David Weir came second
Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen
Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen were declared joint winners in the first London Marathon in 1981
Some runners like Rob Young have given themselves additional challenges.
For Mr Young it will be his 367th marathon in a year having decided to run at least one marathon a day after watching last year's event.
The mother of the cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is also running her first London Marathon to keep a promise she made to her son before he died.
Jane Sutton said: "When I have been going out running he has been the person I am thinking about and hopefully I've got the same determination as him so I will cross that finish line."
Laura Harvey and Paul Elliott will be starting married life on the run by tying the knot halfway through the race.
Ms Harvey said: "We're both running separately halfway. We run to about Tower Bridge come off go to our venue, have a quick change to warm up, get married, have a few photos and then go to the end."
The oldest entrant is Paul Freedman, 90, from Hornchurch, Essex, while the youngest will be Jonny Innes from Falmouth, Cornwall, who is celebrating his 18th birthday.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

London Marathon - Spectator Information - 26/04/2015


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EVENT INFO

Spectator Info

Friends and relatives coming to support on Sunday 26 April 2015 should pay special attention to the information below regarding the best viewing points along the Virgin Money London Marathon course.

Track your runner

Keep track of your favourite runners, whether they are your friends, family, elite runners or superstars like Paula Radcliffe, on our live tracking page on Race Day. You can search by surname or running number and follow your runner(s) as they make their way around the course (updates will appear as they cross the timing points, which are at 5K intervals). The page will also show an estimate of the runner's location based on pace.

The course

The downloadable PDFs below feature maps of the entire route of the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon (and a detailed map of the finish area, along with info on where you should meet your loved ones after the race) to help you plan where to go on Race Day.
The maps also include an elite runners’ pace guide to help you to follow the top-flight action, plus a specially formulated mass-field pace guide so you will know when to keep an eye out for your loved ones as they come gasping and sweating along the road.
This year's Virgin Money London Marathon features one of the strongest elite fields assembled in marathon history. For factfiles on the star runners in the men's, women's and wheelchair racers click here. The IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships is part of this year's event. For explanations of the various Paralympic categories, click here.

Raise a glass to your runner

A list of pubs participating in special events along the course is printed on Map 3 – find out where you can watch with a pint in hand as the runners stream past. Pubs near the course are marked on the map with a pint glass. London Pride pubs are also marked on the map. London Pride is the official beer of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Getting around

With all roads closed, the only way to get around is by public transport. London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) all lay on extra services on Race Day, and this is by far the best way to get around.
Before setting off, you need to prepare – spectating isn’t quite as tough as marathon training but it still needs some thought:
Travel light – you will be standing for hours on end, so keep your belongings to a minimum and try and leave as many valuables as you can at home.
Comfortable clothes (especially shoes) are a must. You should be prepared for a typical April day in London – sun, showers and wind.
It’s busy! If you are a regular commuter, think rush hour. If not, think what it’s like when you attend a concert or festival. You will often have to queue and some stations may be forced to shut temporarily while staff clear the crowds.
Expect to do lots of walking, including stairs and escalators – you should think carefully before bringing young children; pushchairs can also be troublesome.

Places to avoid

If you want to follow your loved ones and try to get a glimpse of them as they pass, we suggest that you avoid very crowded areas, where it can be difficult to find a viewing spot, hard to move around and tough to get in and out.
Busy areas include Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark. While the ship is undoubtedly a beautiful backdrop for the race, the crowds that are attracted here can make spectating uncomfortable and transport in and around Greenwich becomes particularly busy. We strongly advise spectators to avoid this area.
Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the finish in The Mall. Obviously many of you will eventually end up in this area later on in the day as you head to the runner meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road.

Spectator routes from central London stations

The mass race starts at 10:10 from Blackheath and Greenwich Park. We don’t suggest accompanying your runner to the start. The assembly areas are for runners only, so you will have to say goodbye well before race time anyway. There are a couple of options. All runners are entitled to free travel to the start on Southeastern trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Victoria. If you were to say goodbye at any one of these stations, then it’s an easy transfer onto the London Underground to make your way onto the marathon route, get your spot and probably have time for some breakfast too!
We encourage runners to get to the starts early – the first trains leave central London at 06:50 – so if you travel into London together you will have plenty of time. You won’t be bored – the elite wheelchair race starts at 09:00, followed by the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships (ambulatory) at 09:05 and the elite women at 09:20. The elite men will start at 10:10, then the masses.  
From Charing Cross you can take the Northern line southbound to Waterloo. Transferring onto the Jubilee line eastbound gives a number of options. From London Bridge station you can walk along Tooley Street to Tower Bridge Road and see the runners just before they cross Tower Bridge at mile 12. Or, walk over London Bridge into the City of London – the race passes underneath London Bridge.
If you are early enough (between 08:40 and 09:30) you will see the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon age-group races, which start just east of London Bridge. Later on, the main race passes by at mile 23.
If you keep walking you will reach Bank station, a major underground interchange. It also connects with the DLR, so you can head east out towards Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs to see the race between miles 14 to 21. Canada Water station on the Jubilee line is a short walk to mile nine at Surrey Quays. If you get back on the Jubilee line eastbound you can get to Canary Wharf (mile 19).
Another option from Charing Cross is to travel south one stop to Embankment and connect with the District & Circle lines eastbound. Get off at Tower Hill and you can watch the runners from a number of locations in this area BUT it will be very, very busy.
The best option is to walk from Tower Hill station to Tower Gateway on the DLR and head east out towards the Isle of Dogs.
Cannon Street and Victoria are also on the District and Circle lines – see suggested connections above.
If you are coming to Waterloo East station then you should head for Waterloo station on foot and follow the travel suggestions above.
If you are leaving your runner at London Bridge station then follow the suggestions above for viewing and connections from there.

Bakerloo line update

Please be aware that there will be no service on the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday 26 April. For travel updates and to plan your journey, go to www.tfl.gov.uk.

London Overground

The London Overground has several stations on, or very close to, the marathon route – Surrey Quays, Canada Water (connect with the Jubilee line on the London Underground), Rotherhithe, Wapping and Shadwell (connect with the DLR). Trains run every 10 minutes throughout the day.
London Overground’s line from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction links south east and south west London. With fast frequent services, this line offers connections to:
  • Canada Water
  • Clapham High Street
  • Clapham Junction
  • Highbury & Islington
  • Shadwell
  • Shoreditch High Street
  • Whitechapel
London Overground routes will operate as follows on Race Day:
Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford route (normal service on sections of the route which are not mentioned below):
No service between Clapham Junction and Kensington (Olympia). Use local buses on all reasonable routes (all day).
An amended timetable will run between Kensington (Olympia) and Willesden Junction (all day).
Highbury & Islington to West Croydon/Clapham Junction route (normal service on sections of the route which are not mentioned):
An enhanced timetable will run between Dalston Junction and New Cross from 07:30 until 08:45.
An enhanced timetable will run between Highbury & Islington and Crystal Palace until 15:00.
An enhanced timetable will run between Dalston Junction and West Croydon until 15:00.
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MBNA Thames Clippers

Avoid the crowds and see the sights, MBNA Thames Clippers will be running special River Bus services from Central London to Greenwich Pier, taking just 35 minutes from Embankment (from 07:00) and also from Hilton Docklands Riverside Hotel to Greenwich Pier, taking just 10 minutes (from 06:30). There will be reduced ticket prices for runners on production of a running number. You can pre-book your tickets in advance at www.thamesclippers.com

Mile 15 & Mile 18

This year there is a slight adjustment to the route between miles 18 and 19 due to building work at Canary Wharf. The very popular viewing spot at Heron Quay roundabout (close to the site of the former City Pride pub) at miles 15 and 18 will NOT be available this year. Access will be restricted and spectators should make alternative arrangements.
While the route through for runners is protected, the ongoing works will be fenced and inaccessible and it will not be possible to see runners at this location. All spectators should follow the directions of our event marshals who will advise and direct people to alternative viewing spots.

Canary Wharf & The Isle of Dogs (DLR)

Miles 14 to 21 on the London Marathon route are well served by a number of DLR stations. The DLR connects with London Underground at Canary Wharf (Jubilee line), Bank (District & Circle lines – connect at Monument station) and Tower Gateway (walk to Tower Hill – District & Circle lines.) So, when you want to head back towards the finish you can use these interchanges.  

Meeting up after the race

You will be reunited with your runner at the runner meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade. You will NOT be allowed into the secure area. Many of you will use the crossing points and pedestrian bridge in order to make your way to and from this area, we therefore would ask that you take the time to look over the map above and plan your route to and from the finish area carefully.
The closest stations to the finish area are indicated on the map. For those arriving from St James’s Park station, please proceed along Queen Anne Gate where the crossing point will take you directly into the park. For people arriving from Victoria station, please use the footbridge on Spur Road. All the crossing points shown will be clearly signed and marshalled but bear in mind that these will be busy and you will often need to wait before you can cross.
Charing Cross and Embankment stations will involve a longer walk (approximately 20 minutes). However, these stations will be less crowded and you will not have to use the crossing points.

Runner meet and greet area

It can be very busy, so please take note of the following advice. There will be meeting points in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade with areas marked by letters of the alphabet – meet at your family initial or at another pre-arranged letter.
Please meet your runner at one of these meeting points. DO NOT congregate around the exit from the secure area at the top of Horse Guards Road. This causes massive congestion for exiting runners as well as other health and safety issues for the large numbers of people in this area. Both the Police and our security personnel are under strict instructions not to allow people to congregate here and to move them along.
Heavy mobile phone traffic on all networks means you may find it difficult to get a signal in and around the finish area. Therefore, do not rely on mobile phones but plan where to meet in advance.
Runners are more likely to run slower than their predicted time. After crossing the Finish Line it will take a minimum of 15 minutes and closer to 30-40 minutes to reach the runner meet and greet area. Remember to build these factors into your arrangements when planning to meet your runner.

And finally...

Make sure you have the details of your runner’s race number. It is the easiest way for our information point to identify them on our database.
There will be a PA system in operation throughout the day at the finish; this is only for the official race commentary and emergency announcements, NOT for friends and family seeking lost runners.  

TV & radio coverage

The BBC’s coverage of the Virgin Money London Marathon will once again be interactive, with viewers on Virgin Media, Sky, Freesat and Online able to choose between the main BBC coverage and combined elite race coverage by pressing the Red Button, or going to the BBC Sport website.  
Coverage of the Virgin Money London Marathon starts on BBC Two from 08:30 and moves to BBC One at 10:00 before finishing at 14:30, but highlights of the whole day will be shown on BBC Two at 18:00. Check your TV listings for details.
BBC London will feature live coverage with Tim Arthur and Harriet Scott from 08:00 until 12:00 and reports through the afternoon on BBC London 94.9, BBC London digital radio and BBC London online.