Run For Your Life: London’s Best Running Routes With Strava

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Since lockdown, general population running has increased massively, more people than ever are taking to the streets to get in the miles and get themselves fitter. In partnership with Strava we’ve created a list of some of the best routes in London to get in those scenic miles using the companies ‘Run Routes’ feature on the app. Check out the full list below.

The Princess Diana Memorial Loop

This royal route is a glorified figure of eight through Kensington Park, Hyde park, Green Park AND St James Park. Enjoy the grand sights of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace as you no doubt spring past at high velocity. This running spot really is the full Monty – green, central and scenic. It doesn’t get much better.

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Tow Path Adventures: East London Canal Loop

Discover the east end with a twist when you head out to explore the tow paths and backwaters of the old docks. Starting at Limehouse cut, you will run past the impressive Olympic stadium and beautiful Victoria Park. The tow path ends at Angel, where you can hop on the tube. Simple.

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Scenic Views: Regents Park and Primrose Hill

For inner city running tracks, Regent’s Park is top of the list. There are designated paths though the majestic parkland, meaning you can admire the rose-filled flowerbeds and boating lake whilst getting your jog on. Head up to Primrose Hill for some beaut views of the London skyline.

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Running Wild: Richmond Park

Richmond Park isn’t just famous for Fenton the dog. It is also home to some pretty fantastic trails through the woods and the fields. If you’re up for a long slog, following the Tamsin Trail, which is just over 7 miles with a couple of climbs.

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The Abandoned Railway : Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace

Who knew there is an old abandoned railway line from Finsbury Park to Ally Pally Park? Hidden in amongst the woods, this route takes you back to 1873 when the train line was running. Enjoy the stunning trees along the route, and you can always take a breather in Highgate Wood half way around.

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Hill Training Circuit: The Tour De Wimbledon

Bored of setting the incline on the highest setting on the treadmill? Granted London isn’t the hilliest of cities, but there are hills out there and they’ve got to be better than a sweaty gym. Starting at Wimbledon Station, you’ll run past Wimbledon park, past the All England Lawn Tennis Club Centre Court (so maybe don’t do this run during the tournament), up to Southfields, before running back along Wimbledon Common and running (thankfully) downhill back to the station. Good news – it’s hilly but without being hideous.

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Sight Seeing Paradise : Thames circuit

Ah the classic run along Southbank, you’ll have to be prepared to dodge tourists along the way, but this flat run will take in sites such as the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Somerset House, The Shard, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. You’ll also be running along the river which always makes things more interesting.

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The Gear

Strava Run Route Feature

Strava subscribers can get personalised route suggestions in the app, or use the web to plan rides and runs with a whole new suite of easy-to-use features. If you don’t already have a subscription to Strava, start a free trial to dive in. Start your free trial now.

UnderArmour Flow Velocity Wind Running Sneakers

There’s fast, and then there’s UA FLOW fast. Lightweight, rubberless, and durable, is UA’s newest cushioning gives a close-to-the-ground, grippy feeling of speed. The kind of speed that feels like you’ve got the wind at your back. £140.00, Available

2XU Aero Singlet

With X-VENT fabric technology, the Aero Singlet combines a double-knit sweat-wicking body and lightweight breathable mesh back to keep you dry and cool so you can perform in comfort. Perfect for muggy summer runs around the city. £30.00, Available

UnderArmour Speedpocket 5″ Shorts

Once you run with UA Speedpocket bottoms, you’ll wonder how you ever ran without them. The pocket expands to hold even the biggest of plus-sized phones and keeps it secure, not allowing it to bounce around during your run. £42.00, Available

STANCE Distance Quarter Infiknit Socks

All socks are made equal, right? Well, no and especially not STANCE’ Infiknit socks. Infiknit technology never rips, never tears and lasts a lifetime. But if you’re turbo-gnarly and rip one, Stance have got you and replace it, no questions asked. Sitting slightly above the ankle these are perfect for every run to add comfort and and a bit of colour. £14.99, Available


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