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Four best running routes in Westminster

Published: 27 September 2021

With a great number of parks and riverside routes, running around the City of Westminster is one of the best ways to explore central London. To help you discover the most beautiful places to run, we’re sharing four of our favourite routes.

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A map showing the route of the five bridges running route on Strava

Five Bridges 

Starting on the northside of Westminster bridge, this route follows the river past a whopping six bridges and multiple landmarks, with stunning views across the water to power you on the whole time. When you reach tower bridge, run across it and follow the river all the way back before finishing where you started at Westminster Bridge. 

Distance: 9.5 km

Find the Five Bridges route on Strava.

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A map showing a running route through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park

Four Royal Parks

Enjoy nature in the middle of the city as you jog through regal parkland and well-manicured gardens. Any number of routes are possible through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which offer a combination of paved and dirt tracks. The route then enters Green Park and St. James Park, passing Buckingham Palace, the Horse Guards Parade and the Mall. This entire run is flat and nearly traffic free, except for at Hyde Park Corner. Note that Kensington Gardens is closed after dark.  

Distance: 10.5 km

Find the Four Royal Parks route on Strava.

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A map showing a running route through  Green and St James's Park as well as going over Jubilee Bridge

London Eye and Jubilee Bridge

Start at Embankment station and head west along the river, where you’ll have front row views of the London eye across the water, before turning north and heading into St James’ Park. Loop around the park on any of the many paved or dirt tracks, cut into Green Park and then head back to where you started to complete the circuit. 

Distance: 7.5 km

Find the London Eye and Jubilee Bridge route on Komoot.

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A map showing a running route around the edge of Regent's Park

Regent's Park 10k

Regular organised races take place in Regent's Park, but there’s nothing to stop you enjoying the open space for yourself. The course is a three lap route covering the tarmac paths within the boundaries of Regent's Park, and is entirely self-contained. It’s generally flat with only one gentle incline, and you’ll pass London Zoo and the boating lake before heading down the famous Regent's Park Broad Walk. The next official race is on Sunday 14th November 2021. 

Distance: 10km

Find out more about the Regent's Park 10k.