An Insider’s Guide to The Iconic London Marathon


Did you know one of the most sought-after Abbott World Marathon Major races takes place in London? Yes, the TCS London Marathon is known for its world-class competition, excellent organisation, and flat scenic course. The London Marathon takes place in April each year and is one of the most awaited events in the capital city.

Join the Londoners and experience the inspiring event during your visit to the capital city with a stay at the Montcalm Hotel London. Relax and plan your adventure in luxurious rooms with smart amenities and enjoy being in an impeccable city location, near unmissable spectators’ spots and famous landmarks. Read through our blog to learn more about this legendary marathon, its history, the iconic route and more.

Brief History

The first London Marathon took place on March 29th, 1981, with over 20,000 people who applied to run. From this pool, only 6,747 were accepted to run the marathon and only 6,255 crossed the Constitution Hill finish line. Since then, the London Marathon has become one of the most popular marathons in the world, with about 50,000 runners hitting the streets of London every year and for a good cause.

The Route

The London Marathon route has largely remained unchanged since the very first race. Over the years, more than a million participants have completed the 26.2-mile course, starting from Blackheath, and finishing at Buckingham Palace. Running a marathon requires countless hours of training and this year, 50,000 brave souls are taking part in the London Marathon on 21st April 2024.

Make the most of your London holiday and do your bit by cheering the runners in this high-spirited marathon event. Start what’s sure to be a memorable day with a sumptuous meal at one of the exquisite restaurants near Finsbury Square and fuel yourself to take in and explore loads of famous spots along the way. Here are some places to look out for, especially when you’re a spectator:

Mile 12: Tower Bridge

Mile 18: Canary Wharf

Mile 22: The Tower of London

Mile 25: The London Eye

Mile 25: Big Ben

Mile 26: Buckingham Palace

For one of the best views, head to Tower Bridge early, just moments away from your hotel Montcalm London City and bag the perfect spot for some great photos as the runners storm across the iconic landmark. The next best view is towards the end of the race when the runners are most spread out and visible, with the goal (finish line) within the grasp. Cheer the runners towards the end, and then make your way towards the alphabetically signposted meeting points at Horse Guards Road.

The Cause 

The London Marathon participants have raised over a billion pounds for charity over the years with countless tales of achievements throughout the history of the event. The iconic marathon lives up to its aim of providing happiness and a sense of achievement while also reducing greenhouse gas-eliminating activities by monitoring the carbon footprint closely.

The London Marathon has been an annual and inspiring fixture in the world’s sporting calendar since 1981. It’s a celebration of fun and a must-add event on your list of things to do in London. Plan and streamline your exploration to discover the best of London with utmost ease. Book now and enjoy incredible savings on a luxurious stay with our London city hotel deals!