Apartment - luxury
Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AFShow on map
"The place to stay in London - some of the best reviews going!" 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel is an 86 suite 5 star hotel based in Victoria, South West London. The nearest tube station to 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
45-51 Buckingham Gate, St James's Park, SW1E 6AFShow on map
Only a short stroll from Buckingham Palace and the serene splendour of St. James's Park, the Crowne Plaza London St James is a modern, 4-star hotel in the heart of Westminster. With bright and traditional... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
35 St. James's Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1NYShow on map
"Awarded Europes Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 at the WTA awards" The fact that Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books, used to frequent the bar at Duke's Hotel, should give you an idea of the kind of suave... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
St Jamess Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1NJShow on map
The Stafford Hotel is a modern, luxury; 5-star hotel featuring lavishly designed accommodations located on St James's Place in London's vibrant and trendy West End. The hotel itself is a haven of calm in the... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
7-8 Park Place, St James's Park, SW1A 1LSShow on map
"Fine accommodation in one of the most exclusive areas of London" Next to leafy Green Park, St James Hotel and Club is a luxury 5-star hotel in London’s elegant St James's Park area, in the centre of... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
41 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PSShow on map
"Staff outnumber guests two-to-one" With exclusive shops such as Harrods, the UK's largest department store; Fortnum and Mason's stunning food emporium; and Harvey Nichols for chic designer goods, it's no... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PSShow on map
Rubens at the Palace Hotel - A divine hotel with bags of charm and character, excellent service, opulent yet quirky rooms and an imaginative array of services and amenities, including a concierge for your... Read More »
17 - 20 Arlington Street, Green Park, SW1E 1RLShow on map
Arlington Street in Piccadilly, London's West End, is just minutes away from The Wolseley Hotel and Le Caprice restaurant, making this one of London's more glamorous walkways. It's also a picturesque part of... Read More »
3 Ryder street, St James's Park, SW1Y 6PYShow on map
Ryder Street Chambers offer serviced apartments in one of London's most exclusive districts. Located in the heart of the West End, in Piccadilly, the elegant Victorian, red-brick building the apartments are... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
49 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0QTShow on map
Thistle Westminster Hotel is a 134 room, 4 star hotel located in Victoria, South West London. The closest tube station to the Thistle Westminster hotel is Victoria in zone 1 of the Underground. Guests... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Virgin London Marathon
It's true that Londoners are always on the move and it can be hard to navigate your way down Oxford Street without bumping into several people, but this may account for why so many people decide that every April they are going to run from Blackheath to St James's Park, a distance of just over 26 miles, for fun. With London weather unpredictable at best and the chance to get papped by press looking red and sweaty, the Virgin London Marathon isn't how most people would choose to spend 4-5 hours, but the annual event has become a huge success, with thousands of competitors and millions of pounds raised for charities throughout the world.
The Virgin London Marathon was first held in 1981, as the brainchild of former Olympic champion Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. Inspired by the camaraderie of the New York Marathon, which saw over 11,000 participants of all races and creeds run together, Brasher and Disley set about organising a similar event for London, and when the first marathon received £50,000 sponsorship from Gillette, over 20,000 participants signed up to race, proving that it would be a huge success. Today the race attracts much higher numbers, including over 30,000 amateur runners who often run in novelty costumes, making the race a fun spectacle for spectators and participants.
Luckily for the runners, the course of the Virgin London Marathon is largely flat, especially since the cobbled section of the course at London Bridge was changed, due to worries about runners' health. The Marathon takes in major London sights such as the Cutty Sark, Surrey Quays, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, so it's actually an excellent way to tour the city, albeit grueling.
The Virgin London Marathon is also one of the top five world marathons and forms part of the World Marathon Majors Competition, which means that a large cash prize awaits the person who can cross the finish line first, meaning that competition can be good natured with a hint of fierceness. Paula Radcliffe has previously won the Virgin London Marathon and achieved the world record running time of 2 hours 15 minutes. However, most people in the marathon are simply there to do their bit for charity, get a healthy day out and enjoy the company of similarly mad fitness enthusiasts.
The Virgin London Marathon goes to different destinations throughout the city, but if you want to catch a glimpse of the action and support from the sidelines, it's best to book accommodation in Mayfair, near St James's Park, where you can watch runners pass through the finishing line and join in the celebrations afterwards. Mayfair hotels can be pricy, but offer easy access to the city and very glamorous surroundings. The Millennium Hotel London offers traditional rooms in a lavish hotel, decked out with chandeliers and period features. Ascott Mayfair London offers a home away from home (if your original home is a manor house of some sort), with a range of superbly appointed apartment units. The Cumberland Hotel offers contemporary styling throughout with a very trendy bar, where you can drink the night away with a young crowd and the Thistle Marble Arch isn't quite as glamorous as other hotels in the area, but provides a high level of service and comfort.