Bars Along the London Marathon

Perhaps like BarChick, you’ve spend the last 6 months enjoying London’s nightlife a bit too much instead of training and a life on the wagon, then like us you may just be going along to support some annoyingly productive friends. Obviously you'll need a drink! Here are some places to enjoy yourself whilst watching your mate jog on…

START: ZERODEGREES

They open at 12pm, so once you’ve gotten over the excitement of the starting pistol and cheered on some runners for a bit, it’s pub time! With their microbrewery as the centrepiece of the bar, this is the perfect place to go for a pint and kick off Sunday the way a spectator should. 29-31 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London, SE3 0TJ

6.8 MILES: THE GREENWHICH MEANTIME BREWERY PUB

With over 50 ales on offer, it’s home to one of the biggest selection of beers in London, including the owners Greenwhich Meantime. They also serve up some great food so grab yourself a pint and a burger and you can be on your way to cheer with added enthusiasm/indigestion. The Old Brewery, The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, London, SE10 9LW

7 MILES: THE MITRE HOTEL

If all the running around with water bottles and cameras has left you a little jaded then head down to the Mitre Hotel for a large glass of wine and order yourself a full on roast. 291 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8NA

12.5 MILES: TANNER AND CO

This place is a little off track, you won’t be able to high five your mate en route, but we recommend stopping off here all the same. The décor is old school gym vibes so take a seat on the pummel horse, hit the old apparatus with your cocktail in hand or simply swing from the ropes after one too many... oh and if you’re after a snack they do some damn fine British food before you get back to the race. 50 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD

13 MILES: THE TOWER HOTEL

With perfect views of all the runners going over Tower Bridge and a terrace to catch some rays on, this is one of the best viewing spots of the race. Not only that but they will be serving up Mojitos, Pimm's, Sangria and hot dogs, shredded BBQ, chicken wraps and halloumi burgers. St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD 

13.9 MILES: THE WAPPING PROJECT

From the same people that brought you 10 Greek Street, this converted power station is a wicked looking space. As well as being a gallery it’s also a restaurant and bar. Treat yourself to lunch as the food is mega good and with the marathon passing by twice you’ll have enough time to try a good selection of their delicious cocktails. Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Hall, London, E1W 3SG

14.6 MILES: THE NARROW

Gordon Ramsay’s spot is going to be jam packed so we suggest a booking. It’s in prime position squeezed in between the runners and the Thames so if you’re sitting outside you could even manage hollering encouragement from your table. You’ll be well fed and watered here. 44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DP

18.4 MILES: TOMPKINS

If you’re looking for something a little less pub-like en route then this is your place. It’s a New York style steak house and the bar has a great wine menu to match, but as always we would recommend the cocktails - if anything they’ll make you cheer louder! 4 Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9HN

19.1 MILES: THE PARLOUR

They’re already well into the run at this point, so you don’t have to turn up until a bit later. Not everyone went to bed at 10pm on a Saturday night – and if that's the case then good news... they have a wicked selection of 6 different Bloody Marys to get you back on form. Grab breakfast and be grateful that you’re not running in a panda suit. The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square Park, London, E14 5FW

24.2 MILES: THE FOLLY

The name seems appropriate when thousands of people are happy to run over 26 miles on a Sunday because some Greek dude did it once. But if the race has given you a bit of a guilt trip, order up one of their skinny super food cocktails like the antioxidant Blueberry Hill (with gin, blueberries, fresh sage and lime bitters) and drink yourself healthy. Running that far isn’t good for you anyway... knees or something, right? 41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT

25.2 RADIO BAR AT THE ME HOTEL

Take it up high and cheer from London’s latest rooftop. It’s on the 10thfloor of the hotel and has an amazing 180 degree view of the city. If you’ve got a couple of tourists in tow they’ll get a fine view of The Shard, St Paul’s, Big Ben, The Gherkin and the IMAX theatre… that’s more than enough birds with one stone. ME hotel, 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA

25.3 MILES: CELLAR DOOR

All these healthy people getting out on a Sunday morning... do the opposite – go underground. Cellar Door is a wicked little bar in a former men’s public toilet, so while you’re waiting for your mate to reach the finish line at the speed of someone who’s running for a bet, you might as well enjoy a cocktail... one for each mile? Zero Aldwych, London, WC2E 7DN

25.6 MILES: GORDON’S WINE BAR

The finish line is close, but they’re not quite done yet... and neither are you. In fact, at Gordon’s you could just be getting started – it’s hard to leave this place. You’re safely hidden away from the sun/rain in one of London’s oldest bars and the wine is amazing, so work by the bottle. 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE

FINISH: VISTA AT THE TRAFALGAR

Once the whole excitement is over and you’ve watched a few runners cross the finish-line

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