London is a city that’s full of fitness fanatics, it’s home to a wealth of high-end gyms and many swanky classes, but pounding the pavements is a free form of exercise that is also very popular here. With a multitude of green spaces and many iconic sights to see, this city is a runner’s haven. Here are our top tips for running in London.
There is no doubting that London is a busy city, so if you don’t want your run to be interrupted by tourists and commuters, it’s best to hit the streets early. From tranquil streets to stunning sunrises and a magical atmosphere as the city wakes up, an early run will allow you to experience a side of London that not many tourists get to see. It’s also the best time to take photos of the city as you’ll capture the city’s landmarks without the crowds and with the glow of the morning light.
When running in London it is important to dress appropriately. The city is famous for its rain and changeable weather. Be sure to check the forecast before heading out and bring some waterproofs if necessary. If running in the winter, wrap up warm and keep an eye out for ice and slippery pavements. And if venturing out in low light, opt for reflective clothing to keep yourself visible in the traffic.
Speaking of traffic – London roads are busy and, depending on what you’re used to, the traffic might surprise you by coming from the other direction. Make sure to stop at every road and wait for the green man at traffic lights before crossing.
Running with others is another great way to keep safe. It’s also a good way to make the run more enjoyable. If you’re on a business trip, try organising a morning run with colleagues before you get stuck in the meeting room all day. You could also try a running tour to combine running with sightseeing. Go! Running Tours offer guided tours of the city, providing the perfect way to see the city on foot. Their local guides will pick you up from Corinthia London and show you the best the city has to offer, at a pace that suits you.
Although running can be a nice way to get lost in a city, if it’s your first time in London, we highly recommend planning your route. Corinthia London is ideally located next to the Thames and the Royal Parks, offering access to some of the most popular routes amongst local runners. Ask at the hotel or check out websites such as MapMyRun and Strava for routes in the area. Be sure to avoid Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, especially during peak times, as these are the most congested shopping areas.
There are plenty of parks to choose from, in close proximity to Corinthia London. Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park may take your fancy or a little further afield, you’ll find Regent’s Park too. You could even try running the Diana Memorial Route, which takes in four of the Royal Parks in a figure-of-eight loop. The route gives you the chance to see many landmarks along the way, such as Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Spencer House. To see other parts of the city, try Hampstead Heath to the north or Victoria Park to the east.