Best spots to watch this weekend’s London Marathon

This Sunday, 23 April, thousands of runners will pound London’s streets, competing in the city’s famous annual marathon and even more people will line the route to cheer them on.

Heading to the capital to watch family, friends, and celebrities, or just to show your support? Here are some of the best venues in London to get a good view of the action and maybe fit in some sightseeing at the same time.

The Cutty Sark

Spectators often want to be at the start of the race, especially if they’re cheering on someone special, but this can be a very busy area. The Cutty Sark in Greenwich might be a better option. It’s only six miles into the race, and you can then go through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to watch the runners reach the 17-mile marker on the Isle of Dogs.

Tower Bridge

This has to be one of the most famous sights along the route and marks the halfway point in the race. After you’ve watched the runners race over the bridge, you could head towards the river and do some sightseeing onboard one of the Thames boat hire vessels.

Westminster

As the runners head for the penultimate mile, they’ll be in need of a bit of encouragement. There are some great vantage points along the Embankment and you’ll be close to some of the capital’s famous attractions including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It’s a great place to enjoy some stunning riverside views, and a fantastic location for tourists.

Buckingham Palace

If you manage to make it to the end of the race, you’ll be able to cheer the runners on the last leg as they head past Buckingham Palace.