- Best London Marathon 2019 freebies including free food, booze and travel
- Busaba Eathai – free main
- Franco Manca – free pizza
- Leon – free “Little Box” before the race
- Maxwell's – free burger and fries
- MEATliquor – free burger
- Real Greek – free meal
- Royal China – free dim sum
- The Carpenters Arms – free pie and mash
- The Market Porter – free burger
- All Bar One – free glass of Moet Champagne
- Crussh – free smoothie
- Hippo Inns – free drink
- Nicholson's – free beverage
- Three Cheers – free drink
- Here’s The Free Stuff You Get With Your London Marathon Medal
- Sushi At YO! Sushi
- A Protein Shake At Neat Nutrition
- Pasta Or A Cookie At By CHLOE
- Dim Sum At The Royal China
- A Drink At Skylon
- A Drink At Aster
- Sashimi Pizza And A Drink At Kurobuta
- Veni-Moo Burger At Mac & Wild
- Yoga Classes At Psycle London
- Pizza At Bunga Bunga Battersea
- Guacamole At Cantina Laredo
- Best food and drink deals offered to London Marathon runners
- Free pizza at Bunga Bunga Battersea
- Free negronis at Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration
- Free burger at Whyte and Brown
- Free mac and cheese at Berners Tavern
- Free drink at Bluebird Chelsea
- Free coffee at Colicci
- Free burger at MEATliquor
- Free drink at Skylon
- Discount on all food and drink at by CHLOE
- Where to get free food and drink after London Marathon 2019 with your medal
- 1.Franco Manca
- 2. Busaba Eathai
- 3. The Epicurean Collection
- 4. Bababoom
- 5. Maxwell's
- 6. Pastaio
- 7. Three Cheers Pubs
- 8. Hippo Inns
- 9. Kurobuta
- 10. Royal China
- 11. Provisioners
- 12. Baluchi
- 13. Greenwood
- 14. Cinnamon Bazaar
- 15. CHLOE
- 16. Happy Burger
- 17. Tom's Kitchen
- 12 things you can’t do at the London Marathon
- 1.Swap your running number
- 2. Apply for a Good for Age place using someone else's time
- 3. Go for a wee in public
- 4. Take water from every station
- 5. Drop full bottles of water in the middle of the road
- 6. Wiggle to a faster start zone
- 7. Wear a jumper over your running number
- 8. Be late to your start zone
- 9. Have a pre-run pint
- 10. Bring your dog (or any pet) with you
- 11. Run in new shoes, or a costume you haven’t practised in
- 12. Apply for next year’s ballot under multiple email addresses
- 26 Free Food And Drink Offers For London Marathon Runners
Best London Marathon 2019 freebies including free food, booze and travel
AFTER finishing the gruelling 26.2 miles of a marathon, you deserve a good meal and a refreshing drink on the house.
Luckily, there's a wide range of freebies up for grabs for all runners in London tomorrow – April 28.
If you complete the London Marathon, you'll be able to get loads of freebies by showing your medalCredit: PA:Press Association
From free transport to the start, to free food and drinks, you'll be able to celebrate crossing the finish line with a whole host of free stuff.
We've made a round-up of all the freebies you can enjoy below.
All you need to do is flash your London marathon medal afterwards or show your race number beforehand.
Busaba Eathai – free main
Thai food tastes even better when you don't have to pay for itCredit: © Ape Inc. 2018
If you Asian food, you may want to pop by any Busaba Eathai branch in the UK after the run.
The chain is giving runners one main meal for free – and you can choose from a pad Thai, wok noodles, curries, char-grills, soups, salads, stir-fries or rice bowls.
The offer is valid both Sunday April 28 and Monday April 29.
Franco Manca – free pizza
Or if Italian food is your kind of treat, Franco Manca is giving away free pizzas to anyone who completes the marathon.
The offer is valid from Sunday April 28 to Monday April 29 – just show your medal for a free post-run sourdough reward.
Leon – free “Little Box” before the race
Get a free meal ahead of the race at LeonCredit: Leon
If you're looking to carb-load ahead of the race on Sunday, Leon is offering runners a free “Little Box” (usually £3.95-£5.95) on April 26 or April 27 in any London branch.
You can choose from Sicilian chicken meatballs, Brazilian black beans, lentil masala, Caribbean plantain curry, or Kay's home-style Thai curry.
You can get this freebie from 11am till close while stocks last – just show your official race number.
Maxwell's – free burger and fries
If you visit Maxwell's at Covent Garden in London and show your medal you can get a free burger and fries when you dine in on Sunday.
You can choose between meat and vegan options costing between £11.95 and £14.95.
Volunteers will also get 25 per cent off, the restaurant told The Sun.
MEATliquor – free burger
Treat yourself to a free bacon cheeseburger at MEATliquor after the marathonCredit: MEATliquor
Complete this year's London Marathon and take your medal to any MEATliquor in London on Sunday to get a free burger.
You can choose from meat, vegetarian, or vegan options – usually setting you back between £7.50 and £9.75.
If you're an official volunteer, you'll get a free burger too by showing your steward badge.
Fries, sides and drinks aren't included – these cost from £2.
Real Greek – free meal
Greek food fans can get a free “Greek Plate” (usually £8.50) at any Real Greek restaurant when you dine in.
The offer’s available from April 28 until May 3 and you don’t have to buy anything to claim your freebie – just simply show your medal.
You can choose between chicken skewer, halloumi skewer, loukaniko (beef and pork sausage), falafel or lamb kefte, and it'll be served with saffron rice, Greek salad, tzatziki, and a Greek flatbread.
Royal China – free dim sum
Get free dim sum as a reward for finishing the raceCredit: Royal China
If Asian cuisine really is your favourite, you may want to head to Royal China after the marathon.
The restaurant chain is giving any runners one free dish from any dim sum menu when dining in the Baker Street, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill or Canary Wharf restaurants on Sunday.
The Carpenters Arms – free pie and mash
If you want to get hearty meal a few days after the marathon, you can get free pie and mash at The Carpenters Arms in London on Tuesday April 30 or Wednesday May 1, according to MoneySavingExpert.
The Pieminister pie and mash also comes with peas and gravy – it'll usually set you back £9.50.
All you need to do to get the free meal is show your medal.
The Market Porter – free burger
Runners who complete the marathon on Sunday and turn up to The Market Porter in London Bridge can also get one of their burgers for free.
The offer is valid on Sunday April 28 and Monday April 29.
All Bar One – free glass of Moet Champagne
Celebrate finishing the marathon with a glass of fizz
Those wanting to celebrate with a glass of fancy fizz after finishing the marathon should instead head to All Bar One.
This is because runners who download the All Bar One app (or you're an existing user) can get a voucher for a free 125ml glass of Moet Champagne.
Simply show the voucher in the app along with your London Marathon medal at any All Bar One in London on Sunday to get it.
Crussh – free smoothie
Or if you're after something non-alcoholic, you can get any free medium smoothie (usually £4.50-£4.80) at Crussh for free, according to MoneySavingExpert.
You don't need a voucher, just flash your medal in store on Sunday – you can find your nearest one here.
Hippo Inns – free drink
In good news for runners, there are also a wide range of free drinks up for grabs at pubs around London.
If you take your medal to any of the 12 Hippo Inns pubs in London, you can get a free pint of house beer, house wine, house spirit or soft drink.
The offer is available on Sunday only – you can find your nearest Hippo Inns pub here.
Treat yourself to a cold pint after the runCredit: Corbis – Getty
Nicholson's – free beverage
Or pop to one of 42 Nicholson's pubs in London for that well-deserved post-marathon celebratory beverage and show your medal to get a free drink.
You can choose from a pint of Nicholson's pale ale, a 25ml Tanqueray gin & tonic, or draught soft drink.
Unfortunately, you can only get one free drink each.
Three Cheers – free drink
You can also quench your thirst with a free drink at any of the nine Three Cheers pubs in London.
The offer's available between 12pm and 11pm on Sunday– just show your medal at the bar.
You can get either one free pint of beer, a 175ml glass of house red or white wine, a 125ml glass of prosecco, a house spirit and mixer, or a soft drink.
The Three Cheers pubs taking part in the offer are:
- The Abbeville in Clapham
- The Avalon in Clapham
- The Bolingbroke in Battersea
- The Latchmere in Battersea
- The Princess Victoria in Shepherd's Bush
- The Rosendale in West Dulwich
- The Stonhouse in Clapham
- The Tommyfield in Kennington
- The Bedford in Balham
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Getting to the London Marathon can be tricky as thousands of runners travel at the same time, but one bonus of being a runner is that you can get free public transport on most services within London and on some services to and from the capital on race day.
Here's a list of services giving marathon runners (but not spectators) free travel on April 28.
You don't need to get a ticket, just show your race number to staff.
- Transport for London (TFL): Runners can travel for free on the TFL network on Sunday. Just show your race number of ID to get free travel on the tube, buses, Overground, DLR and tram networks
- Southeastern: Runners get free travel from London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Victoria to either Greenwich, Maze Hill or Blackheath
- c2c: Runners get free travel between Essex and London
- Chiltern Railways: Runners get free travel on Chiltern Railways
- Oxford Bus Company: If you live in Oxford, you'll be pleased to know that runners travel free on the X90 coach service between Oxford and London on the day
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Here’s The Free Stuff You Get With Your London Marathon Medal
The greatest reward when you cross the London Marathon finish line is that you can stop running. Beyond that, however, you can cash in on your new medal by taking it to the following establishments to get free stuff. And by stuff we mainly mean alcohol and food.
Sushi At YO! Sushi
YO! Sushi is bucking the trend by making its freebie available before you even get your marathon medal. From Monday 16th April to Saturday 21st anyone who can prove they will be running the race – your official email confirmation should do it – will get a free dish from the Marathon Menu at any of the chain’s London restaurants. yosushi.com
A Protein Shake At Neat Nutrition
If you’d prefer your post-race beverage to be healthier than a pint, head to the café in the Lululemon store on Regent Street, where you can get a free protein shake from Neat Nutrition with your medal. neat-nutrition.com
Pasta Or A Cookie At By CHLOE
The head might say opt for the free pasta – you can get (plant-based) Mac n’ Cheese or the Avocado Pesto Pasta – but your heart will probably lean towards the Cinnamon Espresso cookie. Show your medal at By CHLOE. in Covent Garden and make your choice. eatbychloe.com
Dim Sum At The Royal China
One dim sum dish probably won’t be enough to refuel your body after running 42.2km, but every little helps – especially when it’s free. Present your medal at the Baker Street, Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill or Canary Wharf branches of The Royal China to get your dumplings on. theroyalchina.co.uk
A Drink At Skylon
Enjoy a free drink with a cracking view over the Thames from Skylon Restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. skylon-restaurant.co.uk
A Drink At Aster
After you’ve finished taking in the views at Skylon, head for Aster Restaurant near Victoria station, where showing your medal will net you another free drink. aster-restaurant.com
Sashimi Pizza And A Drink At Kurobuta
Head for a Kurobuta branch in Chelsea or Marble Arch clutching your precious medal and you’ll be rewarded with a sashimi pizza and a glass of house wine, Asahi beer or JARR Kombucha. kurobuta-london.com
Veni-Moo Burger At Mac & Wild
Nabbing a free Veni-moo burger is quickly becoming one of the best London Marathon traditions, which also means it will be pretty hard to get a table at Mac & Wild on either Sunday 22nd or Monday 23rd April, so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Mac & Wild Fitzrovia is offering free venison and beef megaburgers on Sunday and Monday, while the Devonshire Square branch only has the deal on Monday. macandwild.com
Yoga Classes At Psycle London
In among all the eating and drinking you’ll be doing to celebrate in the week after your marathon, you should also think about doing some kind of recovery work – your body has just run 42.2km, after all.
From 23rd April until 6th May you can claim a free yoga class at Psycle London’s Shoreditch gym. (This will involve booking the class and paying for it online, but when you present your marathon medal at the class the cost will be refunded to your Psycle account.
) You can book one free class for each of the two weeks the offer runs. psyclelondon.com
Pizza At Bunga Bunga Battersea
On either Sunday 22nd or Monday 23rd you can have your massive achievement recognised with a free pizza at Bunga Bunga Battersea if you show your marathon bling. battersea.bungabunga-london.com
Guacamole At Cantina Laredo
Free guacamole sounds great at any time, but great free guacamole tops it every time. Head to Cantina Laredo on Monday 23rd April and your medal will entitle you to one of the West End restaurant’s Great Eight varieties, which includes guac with blue cheese, guac with pineapple and even guac with grasshoppers. cantinalaredo.co.uk
Best food and drink deals offered to London Marathon runners
After running a lengthy 26.2 miles, one of the first priorities for participants of the 2019 London Marathon will most ly be consuming their victory meal as soon as possible.
Luckily for those taking part, following the race, an assortment of eateries will be offering discounts and deals on food and drinks for proud medal holders.
Whether you're in the mood for a post-marathon margherita or fancy a free negroni to celebrate your achievement, your months of arduous training have definitely merited a tasty treat.
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Here are the best food and drink offers for participants of this year's London Marathon:
Free pizza at Bunga Bunga Battersea
If you're in the vicinity of the Battersea branch of Bunga Bunga following the marathon, then head on over with your medal for a whole pizza free of charge.
Whether you fancy the spicy sausage which comes with the Ruby Loves pizza, or would prefer the familiarity of a comforting margherita pizza, you'd better make the most of this offer while it lasts.
This deal is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Bunga Bunga Battersea is located at 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA.
Free negronis at Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration
The bar is offering free negronis to London Marathon participants
While training for the marathon, there's a strong possibility you had to abstain from drinking too many, if any, alcoholic beverages.
Once the race is over, it'll be time to enjoy a tipple or two (although you may find your tolerance has gone drastically down).
Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration is offering all marathon runners a free, refreshing negroni after the race. So, if you're a fan of this particular aperitif, this deal is for you.
This offer is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration is located at 1A Bedford Street, WC2E 9HH.
Free burger at Whyte and Brown
As the London Marathon runners make their way to the finish line down The Mall opposite Buckingham Palace, many of them will undoubtedly be dreaming of their ideal victory meal on the other end.
For some, when you're feeling ravenous after an intense b exercise, nothing can beat a good ole burger to satisfy the taste buds.
Whyte and Brown is offering all medallists a roast chicken crispy burger the day after the race, consisting of a free range chicken fillet, gravy mayonnaise, crispy chicken skin, onion relish and a toasted bun.
This deal is valid on Monday 29 April.
Whyte and Brown is located at Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW.
Free mac and cheese at Berners Tavern
For all the cheese lovers out there, this is the deal for you.
Berners Tavern will be offering all London Marathon finishers a free portion of mac and cheese following the race, which they'll be able to wash down with a complimentary cold beer. An ideal combination.
This offer is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Berners Tavern is located at 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP.
Free drink at Bluebird Chelsea
In the mood to celebrate after completing the marathon?
Then head on over to Bluebird Chelsea, where you'll be offered a free drink to commemorate your achievement.
This offer is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Bluebird Chelsea is located at 250 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU.
Free coffee at Colicci
If you'd rather opt for caffeine over alcohol, then you'd best venture to The Italian Gardens Cafe or one of Colicci's six kiosks in Hyde Park, where all London Marathon medal holders will be offered a free cup of coffee the day after the race.
This offer is valid on Monday 29 April.
The six Colicci kiosks are located in Hyde Park.
Free burger at MEATliquor
While the runners are the main focus of the London Marathon, those who work at the event play a hugely significant role in ensuring the smooth running of the entire day.
That's why MEATLiquor is offering all runners and workers the opportunity to indulge in a free burger following the race.
All they need to do is show their medal or steward's pass in order to receive their complimentary meal.
This offer is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Branches of MEATLiquor are located at 15 Hoxton Market, N1 6HG; 74 Northcote Road, SW11 6QL; 37 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EW; Boxpark Croydon, CR0 1LD; and 133b Upper Street, N1 1QP.
Free drink at Skylon
After the marathon, you can take in the glorious views of the capital while sipping on a complimentary drink, thanks to Skylon.
All you need to do is present your medal at the venue in the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank to receive your free beverage.
This offer is valid on Sunday 28 April.
Skylon Restaurant Bar and Grill is located at Royal Festival Hall, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
Discount on all food and drink at by CHLOE
Plant-based restaurant by CHLOE. is offering all London Marathon runners and volunteers 25 per cent of all items on the menu for the week leading up to the race and the day after.
This offer is valid from Monday 22 April until Monday 29 April.
By CHLOE. is located at 24-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HA, and at 6 Duchess Walk, Tower Bridge, SE1 2SD.
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Where to get free food and drink after London Marathon 2019 with your medal
Free food and drink after the London Marathon? Yes please. You’ve powered through months of training, battled your way to the finish and got your hands on the coveted 2019 London Marathon medal. Now, it’s time to refuel and raise a glass to your efforts! Head to one of these venues and celebrate on the house with free food and drink:
What? Sourdough pizzeria Franco Manca is rewarding London Marathon medal holders with a free pizza on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 April at all of its pizzerias. The offer includes one pizza per person upon presentation of a 2019 finishers medal. The offer is valid for dine-in only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
Where? Pretty much all over London, you can see a full list of Franco Manca restaurants here.
2. Busaba Eathai
What? Fancy some Thai food at the finish? Busaba Eathai are inviting all London Marathon runners to enjoy a free meal at any of the 13 London restaurants by showing their medal when ordering their meal. Runners can choose one main meal from Busaba's selection of Pad Thais, Wok Noodles, Curries, Char-grills, Soups, Rice Bowls, Salads or Stir-fries.
Where? The nearest Busaba location to the finish line of the marathon is Leicester Sq, 35 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4EA. There are also 12 other restaurants across London.
3. The Epicurean Collection
What? A group of countryside inns and city pubs, there are 5 premium pubs in the Epicurean Collection, all of which are offering 2019 London Marathon runners a Pint and a Sausage Roll or Scotch Egg for their efforts!
Simply show them your medal on the 28 April to redeem.
Where? To make it easier for tired runners, below are the travel methods and times from the finish (The Mall) to each pub.
The Punch Bowl, Mayfair, W1J 5RP
From the Mall: 20 minute walk
The Cross Keys, Chelsea, SW3 5NB
From the Mall, 37 minutes: Walk to St James Park tube > District Line to Victoria >170 bus to Beaufort Street > 3 minute walk
The Admiral Codrington, Chelsea, SW3 2LY
From the Mall, 22 minutes: Walk to St James Park tube > District line to Ealing Broadway > 7 minute walkOr walk to St James Park tube > Circle Line to South Kensington > 7 minute walk
The Brown Cow, Fulham, SW6 5SA
From the Mall, 36 minutes: Walk to St James Park tube > District line to Parsons Green > 8 minute walk
The Sands End, Fulham, SW6 2PR
From the Mall, 46 minutes: Walk to St James Park tube > District line to Earls Court >C3 bus to Glenrosa Street > 6 minute walk
What? Flash your medal at this Middle Eastern cuisine joint on Sunday or Monday and you’ll get a free kebab – and no, we’re not talking the dodgy elephant leg after a night out kind.
BabaBoom serves authentic dishes made with quality British produce, such as rotisserie lamb shoulder or broad bean falafels with fluffy Persian flatbreads.
If you’re thinking of running an UltraMarathon any time soon, chat to owner Eve (who is also running London this year) and if you live in the local area, take part in the restaurants Medal Mondays, which is a free side with every kebab when you bring a medal.
Where? You’ll need to head out to Clapham Junction by getting a train from Waterloo, then it’s a 10-minute walk to the restaurant on Battersea Rise, or 189 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ ( near Angel or Highbury and Islington underground stations).
What? After months of training, start the recovery in style at Maxwell's in Covent Garden.
Show off your medal and get a free Maxwell’s Old Timer Burger (a classic burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion, gherkin and relish) or Vegan Bacon and Cheese Burger (Plant-based Moving Mountains Burger, shiitake bacon, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, gherkin and avocado mayo). What's more, London Marathon volunteers also get 25% off on the day, because the marathon couldn't happen without them.
Where? Located on King Street in Covent Garden, Maxwell's is less than a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.
What? Just in case you're not sick of pasta, flashing your medal at Pastaio on Sunday 28 April will qualify you for a free plate of fresh pasta.
Where? You can either walk for 15 minutes from St James' Park finish line to the restaurant on 19 Ganton Street from noon until 10.30pm. Alternatively, it's a 7 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus station.
7. Three Cheers Pubs
What? Whilst we’re talking about pubs, pop to a Three Cheers pub with your medal and you can get a free drink, between 12 midday and 11pm on Sunday 28 April. You can choose from a pint of beer, 175ml red or white wine, a spirit and mixer, a 125ml glass of prosecco or a soft drink.
Where? There are nine Three Cheers pubs in London – the nearest to the finish is The Tommyfield in Kennington (5 minutes on the tube from Charing Cross, then a 5-minute walk).
You can also head to The Stonhouse (Clapham Common), The Latchmere (Battersea Park), The Bolingbroke (Clapham Junction/Clapham South), The Avalon (Clapham South), The Abbeville (Clapham South), The Rosendale (West Dulwich), The Princess Victoria (Shepard's Bush) and The Bedford (Balham).
8. Hippo Inns
What? After months of training and a gruelling race, you’ll have more than earned yourself a pint (or a glass of house wine/ house spirit and mixer). So, head to a Hippo Inns pub with your medal on Sunday and you can get one for free!
Where? Hippo Inns have eight branches around London – The Duke of Sussex in Waterloo is the nearest to the finish – hop on a tube from Charing Cross, then it’s a 3-minute walk from Waterloo station.
You can also go to Islington Town House (Angel), The Colton Arms (Baron’s Court), The Eagle (Ladbroke Grove), The George (Canary Wharf), The Black Horse (Kingston), The Lillie Langtry (West Brompton/Earl’s Court), The Signal Pub (Forest Hill), The Royal Oak (Twickenham), The Grafton (Kentish Town), The Blue Anchor (Hammersmith) or The White Haus (Farringdon).
What? Pop into Japanese restaurant Kurobuta to receive one of their famous tuna sashimi pizzas and a glass of house wine, Asahi beer or JARR Kombucha completely free. If you're not feeling Japanese food just after running 26.2 miles, the offer is extended till Monday 29 April.
Where? With two different restaurants, one in Marble Arch, a 10-minute walk from the station, or a 12-minute walk from Paddington for those travelling after the race. The other is on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
10. Royal China
What? Royal China is offering London Marathon runners a free dim sum dish on Sunday 28 April. Medal holders can choose between favourites such as Cheung Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls) with peanut sauce, Steamed Prawn and Chive Dumplings and Honey Roast Pork Puffs.
Where? The nearest restaurant to the finish line is the Baker Street branch, but Royal China also have restaurants in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.
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What? Provisioners is the new restaurant run by Clive Watson (known for Blixen, Riding House Café) in The Dixon hotel, Tower Bridge.
The hotel is actually set within a building that dates from 1906, when it served as the Tower Bridge Magistrates Court.
If you're feeling celebrating, there is a bar, too, Courtroom Bar – that is set in the old Magistrates' Courtroom.
Where? You can get a southeastern train from Charing Cross to London Bridge, which takes just seven minutes.
What? Marathon runners can get a special refuel meal on Sunday 28 April at Baluchi. Flash your medal to the team and get a butter chicken, or aubergine and tamarind curry with rice on the house.
Where? You can get a southeastern train from Charing Cross near the finish line to London Bridge, which takes just seven minutes.
What? Sure, you might be sick of carbs, but nothing says a party pizza. Head to Greenwood at Victoria and say hello to a free '2042g' pizza. With 20g of carbs and 42g of protein, it's actually a pretty great recovery meal.
Where? The restaurant is only a mile from the finish line, which might sound a lot, but it'll be worth the sit-down when you get there. Alternatively, you can get on the underground at Embankment and go two stops on the hammersmith and city line to Victoria.
14. Cinnamon Bazaar
What? Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden is rewarding all London marathon runners a free chaat dish of their choice on Sunday 28 April. You'll be able to put your feet up, and pick from nine different varieties on the menu, from the signature Papdi chaat to a soft sheel crab chatt with curried yoghurt.
Where? Cinnamon Bazzar is a 12-minute walk from the finish line.
What? Vegan restaurant by Chloe in Covent Garden is offering London Marathon runners and volunteers 25% off the entire menu from Monday 22 April until Monday 29 April, to allow runners to fuel-up and recover. To redeem the offer before you have your medal, simply show staff your registration.
Where? by Chloe is located in Drury House in Covent Garden, which is an 18 minute hobble from the finish line.
16. Happy Burger
What? Hello Burger will be welcoming London Marathon finishers, offering a complimentary burger and Station Road Iced Tea with your medal.
Where? If you happen to live near or are passing through the south-east on Sunday after the race, Happy Burger are based in Sidcup and Bromley.
17. Tom's Kitchen
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What? Tom's Kitchen Chelsea will be offering all London Marathon medallists a free breakfast on Monday 29 April to help them refuel from the 26.2 miles. Runners can claim a full english or vegetarian breakfast board on Monday from 9-11am.
Where? Tom's Kitchen Chelsea is at 27 Cale St, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QP.
12 things you can’t do at the London Marathon
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It’s the most popular race on the planet and for those lucky enough to have a place, the countdown is officially on. But what can’t runners do at the London Marathon? From running with your dog, to turning up late, here’s twelve things you absolutely cannot do if you’ve got a place at the London Marathon.
1.Swap your running number
It might sound obvious, but if you run using someone else’s number, let someone else run with yours, or make a counterfeit number, you could be banned from all further London Marathon events for up to five years.
London Marathon organisers explain, “number swapping is strictly prohibited for a number of reasons, the most important of which is the danger and confusion it can cause in the event of an incident on the course.
” If you're taken ill on the course, your number is used to contact your family, so swapping numbers can cause distress to family members and waste emergency staff time.
2. Apply for a Good for Age place using someone else's time
Participants will also be banned from all future events organised by London Marathon if they apply for a Good for Age place using someone else’s times, or falsify information on your own entry form.
3. Go for a wee in public
Runners should not urinate in any front gardens or public places along the 26.2 mile course, but should always use the portaloos provided.
4. Take water from every station
London Marathon encourage runners to think before they drink. Obviously people should listen to their bodies and drink when thirsty, but over-hydrating also has its own risks.
5. Drop full bottles of water in the middle of the road
Not only can this be dangerous to fellow runners, who can easily trip on a water bottle, but the London Marathon’s ‘#DrinkDrainDrop’ campaign is designed to reduce the amount of plastic bottles that cannot be recycled. Plastic water bottles with liquid in cannot be recycled, so runners are encouraged to squeeze out remaining liquid in the bottle, before discarding them to the side of the road.
6. Wiggle to a faster start zone
Your start zone is the time you originally put on your form when entering the ballot. Runners are welcome to move back to a slower start pen, but cannot move forwards to a faster zone. It’s important to start steadily, so don’t panic about being in the wrong pen, your time will start when your chip crosses the line.
7. Wear a jumper over your running number
Make sure your running number is correctly secured and isn’t covered, as London Marathon organisers won’t be able to identify you in your race photos and runners without numbers will be removed from the course.
8. Be late to your start zone
If you fail to arrive to the start location of the marathon at the specified time, London Marathon Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to the race. In other words, plan your route and leave plenty of time for public transport to go wrong.
9. Have a pre-run pint
London Marathon organisers have the right to refuse your entry into the race if they feel you are unable to participate due to the consumption or use of alcohol or drugs. Save that pint for the finish line, and check out the best places to get free food and drink with your finishers medal here.
10. Bring your dog (or any pet) with you
You are not permitted to bring any pets or animals with you to the London Marathon, or use them to help you along the course.
11. Run in new shoes, or a costume you haven’t practised in
It might sound an obvious one, but London Marathon organisers remind all runners not run in brand new shoes on race day, or wear a fancy dress costume they have not trained in.
12. Apply for next year’s ballot under multiple email addresses
If you’re inspired by this year’s race, no matter how much you want to run, participants cannot enter the ballot more than once using different email addresses. Participants who do this can be banned from all future events organised by London Marathon for a period of up to five years.
26 Free Food And Drink Offers For London Marathon Runners
If a casual 26.2 mile jog—you know, no big deal—is on your agenda this weekend, you may be interested to know that there are plenty of good things to be found at the finish line.
As well as TfL offering free travel to all runners and volunteers*, many London pubs and restaurants are also giving away food and drink — after all, you deserve it.
Just flash your finisher’s medal and relax with one of these epic freebies:
(See also: the Great Big Marathon Spectator’s Pub Crawl.