The Best pubs to watch the London Marathon
While 40,000 runners will be pushing themselves to the limit at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, many more will be cheering them on from the side-lines.
At some point spectators will need to stop to rest, eat and drink, and we’ve put together a list of the best pubs along the London Marathon route open on race day to do just that.
Bear in mind that marathon day is one of London’s busiest days of the year, so finding a place to eat at the spur of the moment can be difficult. We recommend pre-booking a table to secure your spot, and it’s also a nice idea to take your runner out for a meal and a pint to celebrate after they cross the finish line.
Be sure to book at one of the great pubs along the marathon route listed below, which all serve hearty pub meals and pints of London Marathon’s official beer London Pride.
Pubs along the London Marathon route from start to finish
Here are the best pubs along the marathon route to stop for a pint, breakfast, lunch or dinner, which are taking table bookings for race day.
The Pilot, Greenwich
Near the London Marathon start line in Greenwich stands The Pilot – a pub, restaurant and boutique hotel near the O2 Arena, with stunning views of Canary Wharf. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the bar is well-stocked with craft beer, ale, wine and more.
It’s the perfect place to stay the night before and after the London Marathon, providing a great base from which to run in, or watch, the race. If you do wish to stay during marathon weekend, be sure to book early to secure your room.
The Pilot is located at 68 River Way, East Greenwich, London SE10 0BE. The pub is easily accessible by boat and cable car. Visit The Pilot Greenwich to find out more or make a booking.
The Sail Loft, Greenwich
Second on the marathon trail is The Sail Loft in Greenwich. Right on the river, The Sail Loft serves up fresh food and drinks with beautiful views of the Thames. It’s a great place to grab breakfast or lunch on marathon day, or to stop for a refreshing drink by the water’s edge.
The Sail Loft is located on the banks of the River Thames in Greenwich, at 11 Victoria Parade, Greenwich, London SE10 9FR. It is also reachable by boat from Westminster or the O2. Visit The Sail Loft for more information or to make a booking.
The Barrow Boy & Banker, London Bridge
As runners pass through London Bridge, spectators should quench their thirst and hunger at The Barrow Boy & Banker – a popular London Bridge Ale & Pie house serving fresh ales, craft beer and some of the best pies in London.
The Barrow Boy & Banker is located at 8 Borough High St, London SE1 9QQ, on the south side of London Bridge, right opposite London Bridge Station on Borough High Street. Visit The Barrow Boy & Banker to find out more.
The Merchant, Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is the next stop for a half-pint of London Pride or a bite to eat, and The Merchant awaits with a great selection of craft beer, cocktails and pub grub. It’s perfect for a drink overlooking the water of the North Dock and recharging one’s batteries before re-joining the marathon crowds.
The Merchant pub in Canary Wharf is located at 25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Canary Wharf, London E14 4DH – a short distance from Canary Wharf’s tube and DLR stations. It’s also right next to The Limehouse, which is another great pub with a Sri Lankan restaurant inside.
The Chamberlain Hotel, Tower Hill
The Chamberlain is a grand Edwardian hotel, pub and restaurant in Tower Hill which is located near the beginning of the home stretch of the London Marathon – making it a great place to stop for a drink or for lunch, and also a great place to stay the night.
The Chamberlain Hotel is located at 130-135 Minories, London EC3N 1NU. Visit The Chamberlain Hotel Tower Hill for more information, to book a room, or to book a table for lunch or dinner.
Hung, Drawn & Quartered, Tower Hill
Another great spot in Tower Hill for lunch is Hung, Drawn & Quartered – an Ale & Pie pub located just a stone’s throw from the Tower of London.
A jewel in the crown of Tower Hill pubs, Hung, Drawn & Quartered serves up freshly-prepared pub food and fine ales in beautiful, traditional pub surroundings. Located at 26-27 Great Tower Street, London EC3R 5AQ, book a table in advance to avoid disappointment on race day.
The Hydrant, Monument
The Hydrant is the perfect place to cool-off on marathon day in Monument. The pub and restaurant specialises in fresh – including fresh raw juices, ice-cold craft beer, tasty cocktails and wholesome meals.
The Hydrant is located at Equitable House, 1 Monument St, London EC3R 8BG – right opposite the famous Monument on the north side of London Bridge, and is next door to the entrance to Monument station. Visit The Hydrant’s website for more information or to book a table for marathon day.
The Banker, London Bridge
The Banker is right by the Thames in London Bridge with great views of the river, traditional pub food and a plethora of drinks. It’s a popular spot to relax on the riverside and a great place to book a table for race day.
Located at Cousin Lane, London EC4R 3TE, The Banker sits right on the north bank of The Thames between Southwark Bridge and London Bridge and is conveniently located just a short walk from Bank and Cannon Street tube stations. Visit The Banker London Bridge for more information or to book a table.
The Mad Hatter Hotel, Waterloo
The Mad Hatter is a traditional pub with boutique hotel rooms located on Stamford Street in the Southwark area. It’s the perfect base for people running the marathon to stay the night before and after the race, and it’s also a top spot along the route to stop for food and drink on the home stretch.
Located at 3-7 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 9NY, visit The Mad Hatter Hotel Waterloo for more information, to book a room or to book a table.
The Ship, Borough
The Ship in Southwark boasts a hearty British food menu and cold beer – perfect for a meal during the marathon or a celebratory post-race meal. It also has spacious terraced garden hidden at the back, which is the perfect urban retreat if you’re lucky enough to get a table on race day.
There’s live sport on-screen, so you won’t miss the marathon action while you take a break. Located at 68 Borough Road, Southwark, London SE1 1DX, visit The Ship Borough to find out more and book a table.
The Admiralty, Trafalgar Square
The Admiralty is located right on the southern edge of Trafalgar Square and is located a short walk from the end of the London Marathon, making it a great spot for a post-race pint and satisfying carbohydrate-filled meal.
After a little rest, relaxation and refuelling at The Admiralty, you’re in prime position to bask in the marathon atmosphere. Located at 66 Trafalgar Square, St. James's, London WC2N 5DS, visit The Admiralty for more information and to book your table.
The Red Lion, Westminster
Situated between 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, The Red Lion is perfectly located for post-marathon food and drink. With a great range of beers and ciders, as well as a British food menu, The Red Lion is the perfect spot to book a table for a marathon day meal or your favourite tipple.
Located at 48 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2NH, visit The Red Lion in Westminster for more information and to book.
The Sanctuary House Hotel, St James's Park
In the heart of Westminster stands the Sanctuary House – a grand hotel and ale and pie pub that is a great place for a hearty post-marathon meal, or to stay the night in one of their beautiful boutique hotel rooms.
The pub, restaurant and hotel is close to St. James’s Park where the marathon finishes, as well as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Located at 33 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9LA, visit The Sanctuary House Hotel for more information, to book a room, or to book a table.
The Jugged Hare, Victoria
The Jugged Hare is a beautiful traditional British pub on Vauxhall Bridge Road, just five minutes’ walk from Victoria Rail and Underground Station and a short walk from St James’s Park. The pub serves up great food and beer in grand, stylish surroundings, with high ceilings and chandeliers – making it a top contender for places to eat or go for a pint after the London Marathon.
Located at 172 Vauxhall Bridge Road in Westminster, London SW1V 1DX, visit The Jugged Hare Victoria to find out more and to make a booking.
Book your table for the London Marathon
Don’t end up hungry or thirsty on marathon day – being a supporter is hard work, and the runner you're supporting will be in great need of a big, satisfying meal afterwards, so be sure to book a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner to secure your spot on one of London’s busiest days of the year.
Alternately, you can stop in at any of the great marathon pubs included in this list for a drink or two on the day of the London Marathon.
There are many more pubs near the marathon route - Click here to find a London Marathon pub.