Jogging or running in London is a wonderful way to see the sights while keeping on top of your fitness. Whether you are a newbie runner or a pro, there is a route that will suit your requirements. Add sneakers to your packing list and you can choose from the following jogging routes near your Central Hotel, London.
- Westminster Abbey to Tower Bridge
One of the best jogging routes in London for seeing the icons is Westminster Abbey to Tower Bridge. Leaving your Central Park Hotel in Paddington, you will head to Parliament Square where you’ll be greeted by the famous abbey and the Palace of Westminster.
After warming up with a jog over Westminster Bridge, you will follow the Thames Path eastwards along the riverbank. You’ll pass the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, and HMS Belfast before concluding at Tower Bridge.
From the bridge, you can run back to Westminster Abbey or hop on the Tube at London Bridge.
Note that this route is subject to crowding in the afternoons and evenings, especially at the weekend. Run early to make the most of the trail.
- Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace
This scenic running route lets you tick off not one but two palaces.
Start at Buckingham Palace, the official residence and office of King Charles III in London. Check the timing for the Changing of the Guard before leaving your Central Hotel, London, in case you want to coincide your run with the ceremony. You can tap on a lap of the lake in St James’s Park before running along Constitution Hill toward Wellington Arch.
Upon entering Hyde Park, you can follow the trail past the Serpentine which leads you to Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace occupies the western portion of the park.
You can adjust this route to suit your preferences, with options to run around Hyde Park in full if you have the energy.
- Little Venice and Regent’s Park
This is a wonderful route for those staying at the Central Park Hotel, Paddington.
Paddington Basin is your starting point, with its towpath leading you to the picturesque Little Venice neighbourhood with its canals and Regency-era mansions. Take some time to jog the streets and admire the angles before connecting to the towpath below Warwick Avenue Bridge. You will spot houseboats docked at the waterside.
Follow the signs as you cross from one side of the canal to the other as required, before you pass below Park Road Bridge and enter Regent’s Park. At this stage, you can veer to the right and head to the rose garden and lake. On the other hand, staying with the canal will lead you to ZSL London Zoo and enable you to complete a whole lap of the park. You can also run to Primrose Hill, which grants a panoramic view of the city skyline.
Note that the paths in Little Venice are rather uneven so do take care while running. You may want to culminate the run at Camden Town, where you can grab a post-workout bite to eat at the market.