Hyde Park (distance varies by runner). This is probably the most popular running spot in London and locals will even take the tube to go to Hyde Park for a run. Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London and rests alongside Kensington Gardens. Together, they make the total area of ‘greater’ Hyde Park a whopping 253 hectares (630 acres), which is larger than the Principality of Monaco, though smaller than New York City's Central Park. The park’s roads are quite flat and the distance can easily be adapted by choosing different paths and your route can run you by some famous sites such as the Serpentine and Speakers’ Corner.
South Bank (5 miles). The South Bank is in the heart of London in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark on the South side of the river Thames and sandwiched between Lambeth Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. As you can imagine, this is tourist central and if you don’t get an early start, you can be running your own event of “dodge-the-tourist.” But this is a great run, especially if you enjoy a jaunt by the water. Simply follow the river and it will take you pass some views of Big Ben, the House of Parliament, and the London Eye. It’s a flat run with a few stairs to get on and off the bridge—and every step reminds you that you’re in London Town. Just watch out for those pesky moving roadblocks…
Putney-Hammersmith Loop (5 miles). This run is a bit out of central London but if you are looking for peace and quite, this one is for you. Again you run along the Thames and on the north side, you go through Bishop’s Park, home of the Fulham Football Club and plenty of morning training groups. But it is the south side that is best. Nestled among the trees is the London Wetlands Center. It’s as close as one can get to that woodsy-, trail-feeling in London. This is a very popular route for the area’s well-heeled residents and you’ll find lots of locals strolling along on the weekends.
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