Updated for 2019…
With runners burning around 2,500 calories during the epic 26.2 mile route, a good meal is likely to be one of the first things on the agenda after crossing the finishing line. Luckily, many London pubs and restaurants get in the spirit of the marathon, offering offers and treats galore for the finishers. Play it right and you could even eat your way around the city for nothing!
NEW for my 2019 list, Leon have got in on the action. Valid until TOMORROW (27/4/2019), they will give all London Marathon runners a FREE Little Box when you show your marathon number. I especially love the Lentil Masala.
Royal China Group
If you love Chinese food as much as I do, then you’ll want to check out the Royal China Group who are offering London Marathon finishers a free dim sum dish when dining in their Baker Street, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill or Canary Wharf restaurants on the day of the Marathon. Simply show your medal to a member of staff on arrival.
Mmmm, pizza. Great for carb loading and great for cramming into your face at the end of 26.2 miles. Greenwood London in Victoria (so close to the finish) have put together this yummy looking Recovery Pizza for marathon runners, complete with an extra pack of protein to help your muscles recover. Just show them your medal and enjoy!
Vapiano isn’t just a great place to carb load, it’s also the perfect place to recover after! With restaurants in Soho, Great Portland Street, and Bankside, runners can recover with a well deserved pizza or fresh pasta, made in front of you. Vapiano isn’t offering an on the day deal to marathon runners, but you CAN help yourself to a bag of gummy bears as you pay the bill. Plus upload a selfie to social media using the tag #eatpastarunfaster to be in with a chance of winning a gift card. Check out my review here.
The Real Greek
I LOVE Greek food and if you’re a London Marathon finisher, you’re in for a treat! Simply show your finishers medal when you visit The Real Greek from Sunday 28th April 2019 to Friday 3rd May 2019 to get a free skewer plate when you dine in.
All Bar One
If you’ve run 26.2 miles, then you are probably thirsty and want to celebrate with bubbles. Download the All Bar One app and you can download a voucher for a free glass of champagne. Show it along with your finishers medal in any of the London branches on Sunday and toast your achievement.
They may not be offering free food, but keep an eye on your race goody bag – rumour has it you can usually score a free pint of London Pride voucher, although I didn’t get one in 2015 – not that I’m, ahem, BITTER or anything.
I’ll be adding to this list as we approach the marathon. Know somewhere to score some free grub or a beer? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add to the list!