Putting on your trainers and taking to London’s pavements is not only a great way to maintain your fitness regime when you’re away from home, but also the perfect opportunity to explore the capital’s enchanting streets, parks and monuments. If you’re staying at one of our central London hotels, these exhilarating jogging routes will take you past superb scenery and iconic London landmarks for a workout with a difference.
Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park
One of London’s most popular green spaces, Hyde Park and its neighbouring Kensington Gardens are a jogger’s utopia. If you’re looking for a more challenging route, jog around the 4.3-mile perimeter. Enter Kensington Gardens in the south-western corner in and head north past regal Kensington Palace, up and towards the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Go anticlockwise towards Marble Arch and loop back around Hyde Park, taking in the beauty of the Serpentine along the way. Distance: 4.3 miles
For a gentler route, enter Hyde Park in the same place but head east past the Albert Memorial, turning onto West Carriage Drive, following the road across the Serpentine. At the end of the road, turn left and take the diagonal path down to the Round Pond and back to where you began. Distance: 2 miles
Buckingham Palace Gardens, Thames & Westminster
Enjoy a spot of sightseeing while you exercise by taking in Westminster’s seminal landmarks on a run. Enter Buckingham Palace Gardens in front of the Victoria Memorial the complete an anti-clockwise lap exiting where you came in. Head down Birdcage Walk along the border of St James’s Park. Continue past Parliament Square and Big Ben and along Westminster Bridge, turning left onto The Queens Walk on Southbank. Head along the riverbank, past the London Eye, and cross the Golden Jubilee Bridge. Follow Victoria Embankment until you’re back at Big Ben. Distance: 3.75 miles
Chelsea & Battersea Park
Combine Chelsea’s fashionable streets with the beautiful greenery of Battersea Park on this attractive jogging route. Make your way south from Brompton Road heading down Sloane Avenue, past the Saatchi Gallery and Burton Court. Follow Royal Hospital Road onto Chelsea Embankment and go left over Albert Bridge, taking in the stunning Thames view. Enter Battersea Park, heading down the diagonal right path around the exquisite boating lake, and exiting at Chelsea Bridge. Distance: 3.5 miles
Green Park & Hyde Park
Smaller than neighbouring Hyde Park, Green Park offers a more peaceful run amongst wild grasslands and mature trees. One of the Royal Parks, it borders Buckingham Palace. Enter at the northern corner at Green Park Underground and head right, taking the path parallel to the park perimeter. Jog past the Bomber Command Memorial and Wellington Arch, exiting at Hyde Park Underground. Cross over into Hyde Park and follow the pathway up to Speakers Corner and out at Marble Arch, looping back down Park Lane. Distance: 3 miles
Best of Bloomsbury
Take in the historical buildings and picturesque garden squares of Bloomsbury with this jogging route that weaves its way through the area’s charming backstreets. Start at Russell Square and head east along Guildford Street and past pretty Coram’s Fields. Cross the bustling Gray’s Inn Road and turn left on Packenham Street and left again onto Frederick Street. Continue onto Sidmouth Street, past the quaint Regent Square, and Tavistock Square Gardens, turning left back to Russell Square. Distance: 2 miles
Once you’ve completed an invigorating early morning run following one of the jogging routes, enjoy a delicious breakfast at one of our exquisite London hotels to set you up for the day.
Image Credits: Hyde Park © iStock/Kit_Leong. Woman running in London © iStock/michaelpuche. Battersea Park © iStock/BiffBoffBiff. Green Park © iStock/Chris Hepburn. Square in Bloomsbury © iStock/dynasoar.