Food freebies for London Marathon runners

512px-2013_London_Marathon_at_Victoria_Embankment_(1)The average Marathon runner will burn between 2,900 and 3,500 calories as they negotiate the 26.3 mile Virgin London Marathon course on 26 April 2015.  With energy levels low, runners will need to recharge their batteries. Here’s a few places the stoic (some might say down-right masochistic) bunch of pavement pounders can get a free bite to eat…






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Royal China (group)

On Sunday competitors can grab a free dish of this chain’s “fantastic, Hong Kong quality” dim sum when dining in one of their six London restaurants. Diners simply need to present their Marathon medal to a member of staff on arrival at the restaurant.


Rocket (group)

These “bustling” diners have long been a favourite among our reporters for “great pizza” at “reasonable prices”. For those participating in the London Marathon on 26 April the price of a pizza is even more reasonable than usual – it’s free. Just bring your medal to the chain’s Holborn branch to claim your pie.

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Roast SE1

For those looking to celebrate their achievement with complimentary bubbles instead of food, head to Borough Market. Runners dining at Roast will receive a well-earned glass of champagne, or seasonal market tipple, when they show their race medal.










For us lazy bystanders…

Canary Wharf

One Canada Square E14

For those not planning to take part there are plenty of vantage points from which to enjoy the action. One Canada Square are opening on Sunday 26 April especially for the London Marathon. They will be offering a bottomless brunch – three courses for £25 and two courses for £20, just add £20 for bottomless prosecco, raspberry bellinis, Bloody Marys and ETM red and white wine.


Tower Bridge

The Perkin Reveller

Get thee to the Tower! – if you’re looking for a sunny day lunch destination, you could do very much worse than this surprisingly low-kew ‘tourist’ lunch spot, by the Thames.

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Gordon’s Wine Bar WC2

“Get a seat in the cave – it’s about as interesting a place to get drunk as there is!”; by Embankment tube, this cellar wine bar, which also boasts a huge terrace, is a “fun” spot, with an “excellent and varied” wine list; “you don’t really go for the food”.

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