London Marathon 2016 takes place Sunday 24 April. Good luck to everyone taking part, and we hope you all raise lots of money for your chosen charities! And good luck also to everyone spectating at this year's event. Here's a few tips to help you on your way...

The route...

Best places to watch....


The start is one of the most popular spectator points and is therefore very busy. But, if you do fancy jostling with the crowds then The Cutty Sark is just after the 6 mile mark, and is a great vantage point.

The start line at Greenwich Park is again very busy, so why not move down to Evelyn Street - by which time all elite men, elite women and Joe Public will have entered the same route (there are 3 different starts) - where you can get some great views of the runners.

Pub: The Royal Standard, Blackheath - Watch the marathon commence from the large beer garden. 44 Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, London, Greater London, SE3 7JQ


Tower Bridge is another of the iconic spots to watch the athletes at the midway point – you'll get some great views but you'll need to get there early as it will be very busy.

If you want a less congested area, Canary Wharf is likely to be less crowded and is easily accessible with the DLR. Westferry Road (Heron Quays DLR) is just round the corner and has become a popular spot to see runners double back on themselves along Marsh Wall.

Pub: Prospect of Whitby - A historic pub with a beautiful view of the Thames. 57 Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SH

Restaurant: Browns Butlers Wharf - Provides views over Tower Bridge from the decked terrace as the runners go by. 26 Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, Greater London, SE1 2YG


The Highway offers good viewing on both sides of the Marathon course - mile 13-14 and mile 21-22. Miles 23-26 run along the Embankment, past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace and finishing at the Mall.

Seating on the Mall is restricted to ticket holders only – so if you haven't got a ticket, don't turn up! All these spots are the most exciting and the busiest, so again you'll need to get there early to get a good view.

Pub: Buckingham Arms, St James' Park - A traditional pub that's great to cheer on the runners in the final leg of the race. 62 Westminster, London, SW1H 9EU

Celebrities to spot!

Get your celebrity binoculars out and see who you can spot...

Top Gear host Chris Evans
Dame Kelly Holmes MBE
Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones
Bobby Norris from the The Only Way is Essex
CJ de Mooi from quiz show Eggheads
Robert Rinder, ITV's Judge Rinder
Chris Chittell from ITV soap, Emmerdale
Jack Ashton from BBC drama Call the Midwife
Baasit Siddiqui of Channel 4's Gogglebox

Whether you're taking part or a spectator, enjoy the race!

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