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23 August 2014

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Marathon eating this weekend

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London Marathon - marathon.jpgIt’s that time of year again, as Sunday sees the Virgin London Marathon race back into town. It raised more than £53 million last year and is set to beat that total this time around. Several London restaurants are joining in with the spirit of giving, laying on freebies for marathon runners. Here's our pick of the best deals, plus the top spots for a bevvie or a bite along the route if you're a mere spectator.

Blue Boar Smokehouse
Set only minutes from the marathon’s finish line in Westminster, this meat-minded restaurant is the perfect reloading spot for fuel-low bodies. Presentyour marathon medal on Sunday and receive 20% off your food bill.
Blue-Boar-Smokehouse-Restaurant-2014-1.jpgRead our full review of Blue Boar Smokehouse

Mayfair Pizza Co.
Marathon runners will enjoy a free meal at this West End newcomer any day up until Sunday, to either stock-up on carbs ahead of the big day or have a well-earned blow-out afterwards. Just produce your marathon number to be eligible.
Read our full review of Mayfair Pizza Co.

Meatliquor_2012_-_118.jpgMeat Liquor
This hip Marylebone burger lair is offering free burgers to marathon runners all day on Sunday, and 50% off the total food bill for any official London Marathon volunteers.
Read our full review of Meat Liquor

Mews of Mayfair
Pop-in for a complimentary carb-fest in the form of a portion of mac ‘n’ cheese free for all runners at any point before marathon day.
Read our full review of Mews of Mayfair 

Mews-of-Mayfair-Restaurant-2013-12.jpgSmollensky’s on the Strand
This longstanding grill restaurant is offering a free main course from their à la carte menu to runners on Sunday evening, just show your medal to get the deal.
Read our full review of Smollensky's on the Strand


Not running? Here's where to eat along the route...

marathon-canary-wharf.jpgBermondsey - Tower Bridge (miles 11-14)
The majority of runners should reach this spot by late morning, so once you’ve waved them past, an early lunch beckons. Head to Bermondsey Street to enjoy a tapas pitstop at José or grab some wine and ham at Bar Tozino by Maltby Street Market.

Canary Wharf (miles 15-20)
As runners pass the halfway mark and zig-zag through Canary Wharf in the early afternoon, grab an alfresco drink and a bite to eat at Ibérica La Terraza or refuel at Plateau’s glass-roofed bar, with great views of the action. Alternatively, head to Wahaca's terrace bar for a good view and some great tequila-based drinks.

Embankment - The Mall (miles 25-26)
If you’re going the distance with the runners, Embankment is the place to be as they reach the final stretch of the race. Chow down on gastropub fare at The Angel & Crown not far from Leicester Square, or get even closer to the finish line at Inn the Park, a casual caff set in St James’s Park itself.

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