London Marathon - Spectating and pub details

The London marathon is a big race both for competitors and spectators. Sid Wills will be leading the contingent heading to the South side of the Highway in Shadwell for spectating miles 13 and 22. We have also booked space in The Buckingham Arms, close to the finish from 12pm for post marathon drinks. 

This year we return to The Buckingham Arms (a Youngs pub) from midday to 5pm on Sunday 28th April. Full address is: 62 Petty France, SW1H 9EU. Pub details listed on the link below. The pub has a good range of cask ales and food will be available. Children are also welcome if they are accompanied by adults.

As in past years Sid Wills will be leading the contingent heading to the South side of the Highway in Shadwell to watch the race earlier in the morning from 9.45. This is close to the 13 and 22 mile points, so you will get to see the runners twice. The meeting point is close to the (now closed) Old Rose pub in front of the petrol station. St Georges church is on the north side of the Highway. If the road is open for pedestrians, cross the Highway and turn to your right (west) until you see the garage. If the road is closed turn to your left (east) and walk for about 400m to an underpass to cross the road.  It will be easy to spot the spectating Serpies - just look for people wearing the red hoodies, jackets, hats and (in Emma Cannnings case) waving Serpie pompoms!

Getting there: The nearest tube is Shadwell on the DLR. However, if coming from Shadwell the road is closed at 10 or a bit before so you would then need to go further to the underpass.  Alternatively, Tower Gateway (DLR) and Tower Hill (District & Circle) are a brisk 10 minute walk away. Wapping station (overground) is also an alternative, and better if you are arriving later in the morning as it avoids you having to cross.

Good luck to everyone running in a Serpentine vest, including those awarded our Club places. Please do add in your race number and expected time in the Race & Events planner – we’d love to spot as many of you as possible, and give you the benefit of all our cheering around the course.



Submitted: 23 April 2019