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Everything you need to know about the London Marathon

The 2018 London Marathon will start in Greenwich and end on The Mall by Buckingham Palace. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA

So you can have the best time watching the marathon along the 26.2 mile round, here's everything you need to know.

Start Times

  • 08:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
  • 09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
  • 09:15 – The Elite Women's Race
  • 10:00 – The Elite Men's Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race

Who is starting the race?

This year the Queen is acting as the official starter for the event – however, she is doing it remotely from Windsor. It will be the first time in the race’s history she has done so, and the third time for a member of the royal family.

Sir Mo Farah during a Photocall infront of Tower Bridge. Credit: John Walton/PA

Where is it?

The 26.2 mile route starts in Blackheath before heading east through Woolwich for three miles before turning west and passing the Cutty Sark in Greenwich between miles six and seven. It crosses the river at Tower Bridge and then snakes around the Isle of Dogs, past Canary Wharf, before heading west again. The home stretch from mile 23 takes runners from London Bridge, along the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. The finish area is all around St James’ Park and Horse Guards Parade.

The course is mainly flat and passes many of London’s iconic landmarks. Many parts of the capital will be brought to a standstill, with extensive road closures planned.

route starts in Blackheath before heading east through Woolwich for three miles before turning west to Greewich. Credit: London Marathon
The home stretch from mile 23 takes runners from London Bridge, along the Embankment to Parliament Square, and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Credit: London Marathon
view of competitors on the marathon route during the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Where to avoid?

We suggest that you avoid very crowded areas, where it can be difficult to find a viewing spot, hard to move around and tough to get in and out.

Busy areas include the first couple of miles including Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark while Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the finish in The Mall. Crowds are common at the end later on in the day as everyone tends to head to the runner meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road.

How to get around?

Check TfL's website for all your travel updates and to plan your journey using the London public transport: www.tfl.gov.uk.