EAT AND DRINK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE LONDON MARATHON WITH THESE 8 ON COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS
What do goodr and the British have in common? We love us some booze! That’s why we’ve put together a course guide of the London Marathon, highlighting some great options to toss one back during-race or post-race. We also know that the Brits don’t always get the highest marks for their cuisine. Don’t be mistaken, CEO Carl the Flamingo is always down for fish and chips, but if you’re in need of a nibble, this list makes note of some palatable spots along your 26.2.
(1) Mile 6.5: Not only will you spot Cutty Sark, a 17th Century clipper ship with a whiskey named after it (we like that!), but you’ll also be in the neighborhood of Goddards, one of the best traditional pie and mash shops in London.
(2) Mile 11.5: Bermondsey AKA the Diagon Alley of breweries. What you’ll find here is an amalgamation of breweries within a mile or two, most under disused railway arches. If you only have time to visit one, definitely checkout Cloudwater Brewery. Some may say that it’s the best brewery in the UK.
(3) Mile 12.5: Turn right and all of a sudden Tower Bridge is in front of you, it is lined with people, 5 deep, screaming encouragement. A magnificent moment to be alive. Run across the bridge to mile 13 and pat yourself on the back for reaching halfway. Hungry? Check out ByChloe, a vegan chain of restaurants. Last year they offered 25% off to all London Marathon finishers for the whole week after the marathon if you showed your medal. Who knows, maybe you can cut a deal with them for a discount just for flashing your bib. Always worth a shot. You’re a marathoner after all.
(4) Mile 13.5: Welcome to East London! Sample the finest Pakistani food in Europe at Tayyabs. If downing spicy food while participating in a multi-hour endurance race seems too risky, just bookmark this one for a later date. If you go for it and there’s some kind of mid-race shorts-ruining blow out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your tale.
(5) Miles 15-20: You’ve made it to Canary Wharf and Isle of dogs. This is London’s Financial District and a bit of a soulless place. At about 16.5 you’ll pass Pizza Town. Mid-marathon pizza cravings can be as distracting as a bad calf cramp. Per the one Google review left by a person going by the name Saddam Hussain, this spot is 5 stars! We’d suggest you proceed with caution. We’re not joking… search it, we dare you.
(6) Mile 24: Channel your inner Charles Dickens! Oh, you don’t have an inner Charles Dickens? Shame. Well anyways, you’ll be passing Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese; one of the oldest pubs in London. Back in the day this was a frequent watering hole for Charles Dickens. Yes, that’s why we brought him up.
(7) Mile 25: You just visited the oldest pub, might as well hit up London’s oldest wine bar! (Turns out there are a lot of old things in London.) Escape your personal pain cave and venture into Gordon’s Wine Bar, which is basically an actual cave for drinking wine. Sounds like our kinda cave.
(8) Miles 25-26.2: Big Ben, St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace– hope you’ve been practicing your wave to the Queen. After having spent your entire morning frolicking in the streets of London, it’s time to fully embrace the royal vibe with a high tea! …And then maybe take one of those rad ass double decker buses back to Bermondsey for a pub crawl. Keep Strava rolling, those miles count too.
Pro tip: There are many participating restaurants and bars where you can get freebies before and/or after the marathon. Runners World publishes a list usually a few weeks before the event.
Now that we’ve saved you a bunch of dough-ray-me (okay, we know that movie is supposed to take place in Austria, but Julie Andrews is English, so piss off), you should probably snag a pair of these British flag coloured (“u” added for authenticity) limited edition 2020 London Marathon goodr sunglasses. Guaranteed to get the immediate attention of any backed up bartender, and trust us, you’ll want that kind of leverage in London!