If you found your enthusiasm for exercise beginning to dwindle towards the end of last year as festivities took hold and one too many mince pies were consumed then like us, we are sure that you will be enjoying the New Year and a clean slate for motivation.
Whether you are training for the mighty marathon or taking on a New Year’s resolution, we’re here to provide some inspiration with one of our favourite running routes in London that can be enjoyed in all the seasons. So wrap up warm, dust off those running shoes and clear the cobwebs!
From One Aldwych’s prime position in the heart of Covent Garden you are spoilt for choice for places to run. Whether it is a jog alongside The Thames, through one of the Royal Parks or pounding the pavements as you take in the famous landmarks you will not be disappointed.
The stunning Thames Path offers endless options to shake it up and create your very own running route; starting your loop at One Aldwych and heading along towards Tower Bridge and then looping back along the south bank will cover 4.7 miles.
With so many of London’s landmarks within close proximity you could plot a route that takes you via many of them. Head out early in the morning as the sun rises and when the streets are at their quietest to discover as many as possible. A winding route towards The City will take you past many iconic sights including Somerset House, The Royal Courts of Justice, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England, The Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Monument, the Tower of London and finally The Shard.
Alternatively, you could run along the Strand to Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column and enjoy a spectacular run through the stunning Royal Parks. Run through St James’s Park along the famous Mall to Buckingham Palace before crossing through into Hyde Park. For those with bundles of energy, add in a loop of The Serpentine in Hyde Park. On your way back through St James’s Park stop by Duck Island Cottage to see the much-loved resident pelicans Louis, Vaclav and Gargi as they bask on their favourite rocks.
So with a spring in your step, head outside of One Aldwych and enjoy a spectacular run whatever the weather.