Running doesn’t need to be a struggle when you’ve got a gorgeous backdrop to keep you distracted.
1. Along the south bank of the Thames
When to do it: Sunday Sunrise
This run takes you along the south of the Thames, aligning your path with quintessentially London views, including the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and the modern high-rise skyline of The City. For a smooth, uninterrupted run, get up early to beat the crowds (as we all know, the Southbank area is a particularly sticky spot for tourists). Hopefully, the weather will be on your side and the daybreak will gleam beautifully off the river.
2: Richmond Park Loop
When to do it: A Saturday afternoon
West of London you’ll find the city’s largest and, arguably, the most tranquil enclosed space. Famous for its wildlife, particularly the Red and Fallow Deer, the park flaunts beautiful ponds and gardens, with a view of the city in the distance. The winding paths and vast space mean that your running distance is easily adjustable, depending on how far your legs can carry you. Do make sure you make it to the top of Richmond Hill – the views looking down are worth the upward climb.
3: Regent’s Park
When to do it: A morning before work
If your offices are nearby, Regent’s Park is the perfect place to squeeze in a quick run before work (it helps if there are showering facilities in your office). The pristine park’s neat size is perfect for a quick kick around. You can stick to the wide and straight paths, for a speedy run, or make your way to Regent’s Canal for waterside views.
4: Victoria Park
When to do it: Sunday afternoon
If you don’t live East, you might have only been to Vicky Park for LoveBox, but its vast grounds and pretty sculptures make it a beautiful spot for a run. Make your way past the small lake, complete with swan boats, and past some of the park’s picturesque bridges, gardens and Japanese-style architecture. At the weekends, there are plenty of outdoor yoga and fitness classes running, which you could always try sneak into…
5: Battersea Park
When to do it: An evening after work
Battersea Park’s flat ground is perfect for a less strenuous jog. In the early evening, when you run the path between the park and the Thames, the lit up Albert Bridge looks rather gorgeous. But what’s really special about Battersea Park is its Peace Pagoda. Should you choose to run in the morning, you might catch a Buddhist monk softly beating his drum on his daily ritual walk from his temple to the pagoda.
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