London running routes
London running routes

Best running spots in London

Our fine city is packed full of well-trodden running routes, but the secret to keeping going is keeping things varied. So we asked our friends at Virgin Sport for their suggestions on the best places to run in and around the city. Whether you’re training for the ASICS London 10k Virtual Race, trying to beat your personal best, or just fancy a jog in the fresh air, take a look at some of London’s best running spots below.

 

Westfield Shepherd's Bush to Mayfair

London running routes

Westfield Shepherd's Bush to Mayfair

“I recommend parking at Westfield Shepherd's Bush and running to Mayfair, home of some of the city’s best coffee shops! This West London route takes you through Holland Park, Notting Hill, Hyde Park then finishes along the iconic Park Lane. I used to do this run at 7am, before the streets bustle with life, and it was always a great way to start the day!” Suggested by Pete 

Regent's Canal

London running routes

Regent's Canal

“I love running along Regents Canal, from Angel to Limehouse Basin. This waterside run is great because you don’t have to worry about cars or crossing any busy roads. You’ll also run past some of East London’s iconic scenery and finish up the run with a view across the Thames.” Suggested by Bex 

Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park

London running routes

Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park

“I recommend starting your route in the grounds of Alexandra Palace and running down to Finsbury Park. I love this run because it takes you along the old railway line, is leafy and green, and has some amazing views of London, including the iconic Palace itself.” Suggested by Theo

River run to Hampton Court Palace

London running routes

River run to Hampton Court Palace

“Starting from Kingston Bridge, you’ll run along the river to the historic Hampton Court Palace. The route takes you through the Palace gardens and across into Bushy Park with a perimeter run past the ponds and cricket clubs. Just make sure to dodge the grazing deer and socially distanced picnics!” Suggested by Frank 

Hyde Park

London running routes

Hyde Park

“For anyone who prefers a Central London route, I recommend running the perimeter of Hyde Park. It’s green enough to forget that you're in the middle of a city, but you're still close to transport connections, and somewhere to get a drink afterwards of course!” Suggested by Sean 

Hackney Wick to Canary Wharf

London running routes

Hackney Wick to Canary Wharf

“I normally run from Hackney Wick to Canary Wharf, and back again if you want to extend the route. I love running from Hackney towards the bright city lights of Canary Wharf, at night in particular. Seeing the lights off in the distance really inspires me to push myself.” Suggested by Shameek  

Cassiobury Park to Rickmansworth

London running routes

Cassiobury Park to Rickmansworth

“For those of you looking to venture a little outside of the city, I recommend starting in Cassiobury Park in Watford and running along the canal towards Rickmansworth. This beautiful running route is very peaceful in the early mornings especially and makes a great change of pace from the busy inner-city”. Suggested by Beth 

The Thames Path

London running routes

The Thames Path

“For my London running route, I recommend running along the Thames Path starting out in Fulham. You’ll run past Craven Cottage, home of Fulham F.C., and if you fancy a detour across Fulham Railway Bridge you’ll be rewarded with great views of Central London.” Suggested by Laura

Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes

London running routes

Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes

“My go to favourite running spots these days are Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes. The Marshes have wide paths which are great for social distancing while running. If I want to extend the route, I’ll add on Springfield Park which is ideal for hill sprints or Victoria Park in the early morning for a fast 5k.” Suggested by Jessica 

Zip there, run back

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Zip there, run back

Zipcar Flex is the perfect car hire option for running one way. Pick up your car from anywhere in the Zipzone, (most of London), drive to your route and then run home. Or, if you fancy trying a route further afield, Zipcar Roundtrip will take you from start to finish. Easy!

Want £15 driving credit towards your next journey? Simply download the Zipcar app and use the code 'virginsport15' to claim. Valid for the first 50 people.

What's included?

Each drive has everything you need included in the cost to help you make the most of your trip – and to keep things simple.    

60 miles included each day, after that it's from 25p/mile
Insurance - third party motor liability - covered in every drive
Breakdown assistance roadside 24/7/365, at no extra cost
Fuel! If you need to top up there's a fuel card on the dashboard

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Cars near you

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in London (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet.