Cheap Hotels and B&Bs near London Marathon 2024 Start and Finish Line
The London Marathon is one of the greatest races in the world. There’s almost a carnival-like atmosphere before, during and after the race. It’s a great occasion with lots of dedication, endurance and enthusiasm for serious runners.
Whether you’re thinking about taking part or just being a spectator, it’s recommended to book accommodation well in advance of the big day itself. As you would expect with so many visitors, hotels are quickly snapped up. There are plenty of comfortable, spacious and affordable hotels along and not too far from the route.
Just a 10-minute walk from The Royal Observatory, this ibis London Greenwich features a 24-hour front desk, on-site parking and a stylish bar. The O2 Arena is just a 10-minute drive away. The bright, modern... read more
Situated on the Greenwich Peninsula, this Holiday Inn Express offers modern, air-conditioned accommodation just a 15-minute walk from the O2 Arena, the IFS Cloud cable cars and North Greenwich tube station. Free WiFi is available... read more
Neighbouring Greenwich Train/DLR Station, the 4-star Novotel London Greenwich is just 10 minutes' drive from the O2 Arena. This modern hotel offers private onsite parking and boasts a fitness centre, a stylish restaurant, and spacious... read more
St Christopher's Greenwich is located just 150 metres from Greenwich Train and DLR Station. It offers a bar and restaurant, and a free WiFi zone, 15 minutes’ walk from Greenwich Park. Dormitory and private rooms... read more
Just 10 minutes’ walk from the O2 Arena, The Pilot Inn offers beautiful, boutique bedrooms. Full English breakfasts are provided, along with free Wi-Fi access and a traditional pub restaurant. Chic and brightly furnished, each... read more
Located in Royal Greenwich, DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich is just 15 minutes’ walk from the historic ship The Cutty Sark, and the National Maritime Museum. A gym area is available on site, and rowing,... read more
Lets Holiday In London Greenwich is a holiday home situated in Royal Greenwich. It is within 100 metres of Cutty Sark DLR train station, and just a few minutes walk to the British Rail and... read more
Situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Greenwich Train Station, Staycity Aparthotels Greenwich High Road offer modern apartments with onsite parking and free Wi-Fi. London Bridge can be reached via train in just 8 minutes’ from... read more
SE10 8NA, London, 291 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich
In the lively centre of Greenwich, the Mitre offers well-appointed rooms and a restaurant and bar. Offering free Wi-Fi, this traditional London Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Greenwich Park. All rooms have air conditioning,... read more
Located in East London, Greenwich/02 Luxury Apartment offers a self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. The property benefits from nearby public parking facilities free of charge. The apartment comprises a fully equipped kitchen with... read more
Just a 9-minute drive from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich House is a self-catering accommodation located in London. With free WiFi access, the property is 10 minutes' drive from the Cutty Sark and The O2... read more
InterContinental London - The O2, an IHG hotel offers modern luxury on the Greenwich Peninsula. Guests can enjoy stylish accommodation with a spa, signature dining and rooms with views of the River and The O2.... read more
SE28 0NR, London, Bridge House, Defence Close, London
Located in London and only 9.3 km from Blackheath station, Bridge House Apartment provides accommodation with garden views, free WiFi and free private parking. This apartment is 13 km from Canary Wharf Underground Station and... read more
Situated in London, 11 km from Blackheath station and 12 km from Greenwich Park, Abbeywood Station House London provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. This apartment is 16 km... read more
Lovely 4 Bed House London is situated in the Greenwich district of London, 9.4 km from O2 Arena, 10 km from Greenwich Park and 12 km from Canary Wharf Underground Station. The accommodation is 9.2... read more
SE10 8LD, London, 10 Barnstaple House Devonshire Drive
Central Greenwich guest rooms is located in Greenwich, a 6-minute walk from Greenwich Station. Royal Observatory Greenwich is 1 mile away. Each room has a flat-screen TV and use of a shared bathroom. Central Greenwich... read more
Boasting garden views, Charimore Executive Apartment features accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 11 km from Blackheath station. This apartment is 15 km from Canary Wharf Underground Station and 16 km from... read more
Featuring city views, Charlesmere gardems provides accommodation with a balcony and a kettle, around 8.6 km from Blackheath station. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available. The apartment... read more
Two bedroom apartment in Royal Greenwich is situated in the Greenwich district of London, 2.6 km from Blackheath station, 5 km from Canada Water and 5.2 km from O2 Arena. The accommodation is 1.6 km... read more
Riverside Cutty Sark 2BD Retreat is a 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Greenwich, London. The apartment has a full kitchen, living room with TV, dining room, 1 bathroom and additional toilet. Greenwich Park... read more
Offering free WiFi, simply guesthouse offers rooms in London, 10 km from Greenwich Park. The property is around 10 km from O2 Arena and Greenwich. Some units at the property feature a balcony with a... read more
Set in London, within a 5-minute drive from the O2 Arena, Apartments Near The O2 offers accommodation with seating area. Free WiFi is available. The accommodation comes with a TV and a private bathroom with... read more
Offering city views, Lovely 2 bed 2 toilet Hill House river view apartment is an accommodation located in London, 9.4 km from Blackheath station and 10 km from O2 Arena. This apartment provides free private... read more
MODERN 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT is situated in the Greenwich district of London, 8.6 km from O2 Arena, 9.3 km from Greenwich Park and 12 km from Canary Wharf Underground Station. It is located 8.5 km... read more
Situated in London, within 3.1 km of O2 Arena and 3.6 km of Greenwich, Harlinger Lodge features accommodation with free WiFi. Offering a garden, the property is located within 3.7 km of Greenwich Park. The... read more
In the Lewisham district of London, close to Greenwich Park, Kew House features free WiFi and a washing machine. Guests staying at this apartment have access to a balcony. This 1-bedroom apartment comes with a... read more
Set within 2.6 km of O2 Arena and 3 km of Blackheath station in London, Elegant Plus Luxury Apartments offers accommodation with free WiFi and a kitchen. Greenwich Park is 1.5 km from the apartment,... read more
SE2 9DR, London, Hippersley Point 4 Tilston Bright Square
EXECUTIVE 2 BED APARTMENT is set in the Greenwich district of London, 12 km from Blackheath station, 12 km from O2 Arena and 13 km from Greenwich Park. It features quiet street views and free... read more
Situated in London, less than 1 km from O2 Arena, Luxury Apartment in North Greenwich features accommodation with a terrace, free WiFi, a lift, and a shared kitchen. The property features river and city views,... read more
Ibis London Greenwich★★★(30 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, SE10 9JN, United Kingdom) Rate: from £55* This pleasant hotel near to the start of the Marathon, offers first rate accommodation. Located in one of the best positions near the start line, book a room well in advance for one of the capital’s major sporting events.
De Vere Devonport House★★★★(King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9JW, United Kingdom) Rate: from £72* Hotels such as the De Vere Devonport House, at the foot of Greenwich Park, makes the perfect base from which to enjoy the race. This prestigious establishment offers guests comfortable room accommodation so you can be near the action when the race kicks off.
The Clarendon Hotel★★★(8-16 Montpelier Row, Lewisham, London, SE3 0RW, United Kingdom) Rate: from £69* Taking part in or going to watch the 2019 London Marathon? To be near the starting line, book room accommodation at The Clarendon Hotel. This recommended hotel has a good array of room amenities, internet*, parking* and dining options*.
Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich★★★(Bugsbys Way, Greenwich, SE10 0GD, United Kingdom) Rate: from £65* This hotel is only ten minutes away from the starting line. It’s a traditional hotel where guests can expect comfy accommodation and the best of facilities. Hotels like the Holiday Inn Express are very popular especially for major events.
Novotel London Greenwich★★★★(173-185 Greenwich High Rd, Greenwich, SE10 8JA, United Kingdom) Rate: from £79* For 2023’s London Marathon, choose the Novotel. Hotels such as the Novotel offer a selective range of amenities and facilities. Have a workout in the fitness centre* or relax in the Hammam* before heading off to the start line to watch the race.
Near finish (The Mall, Buckingham Palace area)
The Sanctuary House Hotel★★★(33 Tothill Street, Westminster Borough, London, SW1H 9LA, United Kingdom) Rate: from £107* Located near the finishing line, not far from the Mall in the heart of Westminster, stands the Sanctuary House Hotel. As hotels go, this establishment provides first rate room accommodation. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book a room early so you don’t miss out on one of the world’s most popular marathons.
Premier Inn London Leicester Square★★★(1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, Westminster Borough, WC2H 7BP) Rate: from £123* Take centre stage at the Premier Inn Leicester Square. The hotel is located right in the heart of the West End where the Marathon finish line is only around a ten-minute walk away. Expect extra comfy beds* in every room with all the facilities you’ll need during your stay.
Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road★★★(10 St Georges Drive, Westminster Borough, London, SW1V 4BJ, United Kingdom) Rate: from £55* Whether you’re visiting the capital to watch the capital’s major Marathon event, see the sights or on a business meeting, look no further than the Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road. Enjoy bed and breakfast accommodation, stylishly decorated rooms with a Wi-Fi* service for all guests.
Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo★★★(157 Waterloo Road, SE1 8XA, United Kingdom) Rate: from £110* Book a room at the Hampton by Hilton. Just five minutes from Waterloo train station and within walking distance of many of city’s major attractions, hotels such as this are in great demand especially during the Marathon.
Holiday Inn London Mayfair★★★★(3 Berkeley Street, Westminster Borough, W1J 8NE, United Kingdom) Rate: from £153* This traditional hotel is ideally located in one of the capital’s most exclusive areas, Mayfair. Benefit from tastefully decorated accommodation, extensive room facilities as well as hotel services. Best described as elegant, the Holiday Inn is a charming hotel, a great place to stay.
note (*): prices are based at the time of publishing. All prices and amenities are subject to change without prior notice. Please check latest rates and current amenities on hotel or our provider’s website.
Book a hotel room near Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge or how about close to the Victoria Embankment? These locations are absolutely ideal whether you’re taking part in the race or watching from the sidelines.
The London Marathon is the world’s largest marathon. The race has been sponsored by TCS, a global leader in IT services, consulting and business solutions Money, as the TCS London Marathon.
Why not spend a weekend in London for the Marathon? There are silly costumes, runners dressed as nurses, butlers or 3D dinosaurs. Men and women in replica spacesuits, superheroes, tiger suits as well as rhino suits always need to be cheered on. Have your camera ready for the unexpected like the guy with a fridge on his back and the running grandfather clock. There are even couples who decide to get married during the race itself and continue running afterwards.
Hotel staff are well acquainted with the ways of the London Marathon and how to make sure guests get the most out of the day. What could be better than relaxing in fantastic accommodation while having a meal and a drink or two as the runners and celebs go by? Choosing to stay in hotels for the race weekend means you can avoid the congested public transport system. The Metro buses and taxis are always jam-packed with visitors to the city, all trying to get to the same place.
Largest running event held on Sunday 21 April 2024
The race was first run in 1981 and has been held in the City of London every year since. The course itself is set around the River Thames. It begins at three separate points close to Blackheath and finishes in The Mall, next to St James’ Park. Participants of all ages from across the UK and overseas try to complete the course of 26 miles and 385 yards. It’s also a large sporting celebrity event which has raised to date more than five hundred million pounds for charities.
The London Marathon receives worldwide media coverage which makes it more and more popular every year. Competitors need to do plenty of pre-marathon training to complete this gruelling course. If you’re going to run the marathon for the first time, expect a lot of discomfort and pain along the way. You need to keep hydrated, taking in water from the race stewards as you run the course. The adrenalin will be flowing especially when the crowd keeps you going as the finish line approaches.
Hitting the wall hurts. It’s a fear of many runners. When it happens, you’ll know about it, it will feel as though you are running through treacle. Whether running the race seriously or for fun, once the marathon is over, you can then return to your hotel accommodation to chill out and relax. Make sure to book a room with an en suite bathroom and a bath to rest those weary limbs so your body recovers. In the evening, enjoy a meal then join fellow hotel guests and tell them what it’s really like to run the London Marathon.
There’s the fun side too. Enjoy the costumes and British sense of humour with runners from all walks of life doing their bit for local and international charities.
The marathon starts at Greenwich Park and Blackheath, continues through Surrey Quays, Brunel Rd, Tooley St, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, Embankment, Parliament Square and Birdcage Walk, with a royal finish on The Mall by Buckingham Palace in the City of Westminster.
The course begins at three separate points: the ‘red start’ in southern Greenwich Park on Charlton Way, the ‘green start’ in St John’s Park, and the ‘blue start’ on Shooter’s Hill Road.
In 2024 the TCS London Marathon is being held on Sunday April 21st.
The closest tube stations of the start line is New Cross Tube Station (Amersham Vale, London, Lewisham, SE14 6LA) and North Greenwich Tube Station (5 Millennium Way, London, Greenwich, SE10 0PH).
Hotels, Hostels, Apartments and B&B’s can be found within easy reach of the start and finish line of the London Marathon. Check rates in our database.
Stay close to Start Line Greenwich Park and Blackheath
The start line is located at Greenwich Park and Blackheath in south-east London.
One of the nearest accommodations is cheap The Clarendon Hotel. The Clarendon overlooks historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park and is situated within walking distance of the London Marathon start lines.
Another cheap hotel nearby is Ibis London Greenwich, just a 10-minute walk from The Royal Observatory. The ibis London Greenwich is a 5-minute walk from Greenwich Market and the Cutty Sark. Greenwich DLR and Railway Stations are within walking distance.
Hotel near Finish Line at The Mall (City of Westminster)
The finish of the marathon is on The Mall by Buckingham Palace in the heart of the city. A very popular place to stay nearby is 4 star rated Crowne Plaza London St James. This accommodation offer elegant guest rooms a 10-minute walk from Victoria Coach and Railway Stations, offering access to the Gatwick Express. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are a 10-minute walk away.
No fewer than 55 world records were attempted during the last London Marathons. For top athletes, there are route markers at one mile intervals. These help all of the competitors take on the challenge of running past the Royal Artillery Barracks, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Bridge and the Tower of London.
As one of the top six world marathons, this wonderful competition has a million pound prize purse. In 2023 the men’s event was won by the Kenyan runner, Kelvin Kiptum, in a top course time of 2 hours 01 minutes and 25 seconds.
The lady’s race was also won by a Dutch athlete, Sifan Hassan in 2 hours 18 minutes 33 seconds. With so many professional, amateur and charity runners, accommodation is top priority. If you’re competing or thinking about taking part in the marathon in London, keep searching online for hotels and their availability.
Borough : Royal Borough of Greenwich – City of Westminster
Red Start : Southern Greenwich Park on Charlton Way Green Start : St John’s Park
Blue Start : Shooter’s Hill Road
Finish : The Mall by Buckingham Palace
Nearest Hotels and B&B’s : in the towns of Hoylake, West Kirby, Frankby, Greasby, Wirral, Moreton, Birkenhead, Wallasey and Heswall.
What to do and see
Royal Observatory Greenwich (Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF, England): see the Greenwich Meridian (Greenwich Mean Time) and learn about history of science and astronomy.
Blackheath : pretty village with a beautiful church in South London.
National Maritime Museum (Park Row, Greenwich Park, SE10 9NF, England): nice museum part of the Royal Museums of Greenwich, along with the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark. Most of the exhibitions are free.
Cutty Sark (King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT, England): historic ship, and one of the most famous ships in the UK. The ship has been significantly restored due to a fire.
Greenwich Market (High Rd, Greenwich, London, England): flea market. You can find a little bit of everything in there including some really unique food vendors.
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