If you’re visiting the capital for the Virgin London Marathon taking place on 22 April, you’ll want to soak up as much of the atmosphere as you can!

What better way to do this than with a restaurant marathon along the full marathon route!

Covering all 4 routes, from start to finish, we’ve noted some of the best places to grab a bite to eat with the family after experiencing all the action, and supporting the runners.

Route 1: Blackheath – Woolwich – Greenwich

Kailash momo restaurant, Woolwich Arsenal

This amazing Tibetan and Nepalese restaurant serves up the best momo dumplings, according to regulars, and is a great place to tuck into veg and non veg dishes.

Alongside some excellent starters and mains, their Thukpa soup is something you need to try!

Website: kailashmomo.blogspot.co.uk

Con Gusto Restaurant, Woolwich

From saffron risotto to roasted lamb rack, this small Italian restaurant housed in a grade II listed building is huge on taste!

Excellent service coupled with a warm and welcoming atmosphere makes this place a very popular eatery in the area.

Website: congusto.co.uk

Frankie and Benny’s, Charlton

This family favourite in the heart of Charlton, in Greenwich Shopping Park, serves up some major treats including American-style hot dogs, southern fried chicken and an excellent spaghetti and meatballs.

Their kids menu offers a huge range of choices including starters, veggies desserts and baby food!

There’s even a standalone kids gluten free menu, serving up gluten free starters, mains, sides and desserts.

Website: frankieandbennys.com

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Cutty Sark

The well-known burger chain that is GBK offers excellent service and a delicious burger menu with hearty portions.

Their skinny fries are something of a favourite among those who visit, and they’re family friendly service makes it an excellent choice for those visiting with children or babies.

Website: gbk.co.uk

Route 2: Canary Wharf – Bermondsey – The Tower

Byron, Cabot Place East, Canary Wharf

The burgers served at Byrons are mouthwateringly good to look at, and just as good to eat!

Large portions of sides including nachos, chicken nuggets and Bourbon wings are just some of the wonderful accompaniments alongside their wide variety of sumptuous burgers.

Plus, their desserts are magnificent. Try the Oreo cheesecake!

Website: byronhamburgers.com

The Yellow House, Surrey Quays

It’s no wonder this hip restaurant and bar is a favourite amongst locals and visitors to the area.

With an excellent “wood-fired” and “char-grill menu”, warm service and great atmosphere, The Yellow House is a great place to relax and unwind.

They also have an excellent children’s menu including rolls, pizzas and puddings, and an amazing dessert menu to boot!

Website: theyellowhouse.eu

Blueprint Cafe, Bermondsey

Set in the historic Shad Thames riverside street with wonderful views overlooking the River Thames and Tower Bridge, this eatery is a great place to relax after the London Marathon.

Serving up “modern European cuisine” and an exceptional selection of desserts, wines, and a bottomless brunch list, you’ll be thoroughly spoilt for choice!

Website: blueprintcafe.co.uk

The Brasserie, The Tower Hotel, Tower Bridge

With unrivalled views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames, The Brasserie Restaurant in the famous Tower Hotel makes for an amazing dining experience for all the family.

Website: guoman.com

Route 3: London Bridge – Southwark – Waterloo

Padella, Borough

Probably one of the best places in central London to tuck into the finest and freshest pasta around.

A city favourite, it’s a major treat for the tastebuds. The service is impeccable and warm, prices are great, the atmosphere is modern and fun, and you get the opportunity to watch (in awe!) as the pasta dough is kneaded to perfection with expert precision and mastery.

Website: padella.co

Tate Modern Cafe, Bankside

This wonderful eatery nestled within the iconic Tate Modern Museum is the perfect place to visit and relax once you’re finished watching the marathon.

A great range of sandwiches, cakes and salads are served, as well as a selection of teas and coffees. And once you’re finished, you can take a gander within the museum and enjoy the amazing art on show.

Website: tate.org.uk

Jo Allen, Charing Cross

Within walking distance from Waterloo Bridge sits this  American-style restaurant.

Along the walls of this wonderfully eccentric restaurant sits posters and art dedicated to theatre and theatreland. Famous faces are seen on the walls, and can often be seen dining within the restaurant!

They have a great children’s menu which includes mac and cheese, mini burgers and chocolate brownies!

Website: joeallen.co.uk

Las Iguanas, Waterloo

Aside from the fun name, this eatery has a great Latin American menu which includes vegan, dairy free and gluten free options, a delectable dessert menu, and a fun kids menu including quirky named dishes like Wacky Tacos and Crazy Quesadilla.

There’s even a menu for babies, serving only organic baby food, with the option to reheat baby bottles!

Website: iguanas.co.uk

Route 4: Trafalgar Square – Westminster – St James’s Park

Prezzo, Trafalgar Square

This excellent chain restaurant situated right by Trafalgar Square serves a delicious Italian menu, including a great sharers menu, hearty pizzas and gluten free, vegetarian and lactose free options.

The children’s and Tiny Tots menus are wonderful, and offer a variety of starters, mains and desserts.

Website: prezzorestaurants.co.uk

Cellarium Cafe, Westminster

Situated in the iconic Dean’s Yard, Westminster Abbey, and set over two floors, Cellarium is a grand eatery and a treat for both the eyes and the stomach. Excellent service and a cosy atmosphere makes this a favourite with locals and tourists, and is a great place to relax after taking in the London Marathon.

What’s more, children eat free from the “children’s menu with every main or set menu purchased”. What’s not to love?!

Website: benugo.com

Caxton Grill, Westminster

In the sea of restaurants that call Westminster home, the Caxton Grill is a wonderful find, and a great place for the family. The specially prepared Caxton Menus feature a sample menu, and an excellent children’s menu including a two and three course menu.

A family friendly atmosphere and excellent service makes this a great place to dine.

Website: caxtongrill.co.uk

Boulestin, St James’s Park

With an excellent brunch, lunch and dinner menu, Boulestin is the perfect spot to enjoy authentic French cuisine.

Inspiring dishes include huevos rancheros and a vegan breakfast burrito. There are also a selection of delicious and exotic cocktails and desserts.

Website: boulestin.com


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