The definitive guide on where to get free food and drink after London Marathon

You've powered through months of training, battled your way to the finish and got your hands on the coveted London Marathon medal. Now, it's time to refuel and raise a glass to your efforts! Head to one of these venues and celebrate on the house.

POLO BAR

What? If there’s nothing you want more following a hard run than a massive fry-up, post-run refuels don’t get better than this offer from Polo Bar. Show your medal on 23rd April and you’ll get a traditional full English for free – that’s bacon, Cumberland sausages, eggs, slow-roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding and bloomer toast.

Where? Liverpool Street – a bit further east than the finish area, but Polo Bar is open 24 hours a day so you’ve got until midnight to take advantage of this deal. You’re looking at a 15-minute tube journey with one change from Charing Cross, or a 10-minute direct journey if you have it in you to walk to Oxford Circus.


ROYAL CHINA

What? Celebrate your marathon achievement with a free dim sum dish at one of Royal China’s luxurious restaurants when you show your medal on arrival on 23rd April. If you’re not too hungry post-race this will give you a much-needed energy boost, and if runger is well on its way then get a few more dishes in!

Where? Royal China has branches near Baker Street, Canary Wharf, Fulham, Queensway and Harrow. The nearest location is Baker Street - take a 7-minute tube to Baker Street station, then a 7-minute walk to the restaurant.


COPPA CLUB

What? Modern, elegant eatery Coppa Club is offering a free meal to London finishers who show their medals to staff. Their European menu packs everything from traditional pizza and pasta (in case you didn’t get pasta fatigue while carb-loading) to burgers and sharing plates – there’s something for you no matter how hungry you are at the finish.

Where? Choose from St Paul’s, Tower Bridge and Oxford Circus-based restaurants. Coppa Club’s closest venue to the finish is their Oxford Circus branch. Jump on the Bakerloo line from Charing Cross or Embankment stations to Oxford Circus, then it’s just a 3-minute walk. If you live in or around Reading, you can also redeem the offer at their Sonning-on-Thames branch on your way home!


MAC & WILD

What? Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild’s Veni-Moo burger was voted London’s best burger last year – pretty good, no? Even better, you can eat it for free on 23rd April when you show your medal. Featuring one beef patty and one venison patty with cheese, gherkins, béarnaise sauce and caramelised onions on a brioche bun, this is the most delicious way to get your essential post-marathon protein.

Where? Locations in Fitzrovia (near Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road stations) Devonshire Square (near Liverpool Street and Aldgate stations). Fitzrovia is easiest to access from the finish – it’s a 7-minute walk from Oxford Circus station.


SIMPLE HEALTH KITCHEN

What? If you’re London-based and will be back to work following the marathon, fear not – Simple Health Kitchen is here to fend off post-race runger with a free juice or protein brownie for London Marathon finishers from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th April. Simply present your medal and choose your snack.

Where? St Paul’s – easily walkable from Mansion House, Bank and Cannon Street stations.


MR FOGG’s TAVERN

What? London Marathon takes place on a Sunday, so of course it makes sense to follow it up with a Sunday roast! Present your medal at Mr Fogg's Tavern for a free lunch with your choice of pork belly, roast beef, roast chicken or vegetarian potato bake and all the trimmings – plus a pint for good measure.

Where? St Martin’s Lane – a 15-minute walk from the Mall.


THAI SQUARE

What? Show your medal at Thai Square to receive a free king prawn pad Thai – a perfect combination of carbs, protein and veg to kickstart your race recovery.

Where? Thai Square’s Trafalgar Square branch, which is conveniently located within staggering distance of the finish line. What more could you want?


BABABOOM

What? Flash your medal at this Middle Eastern cuisine joint and you’ll get a free kebab – and no, we’re not talking the dodgy elephant leg after a night out kind. BabaBoom serves authentic dishes made with quality British produce, such as rotisserie lamb shoulder or broad bean falafels with fluffy Persian flatbreads. They’ll even throw in a pomegranate and blackcurrant frozen margarita if you beat restaurant co-founder Eve Bugler’s time of 2:51.

Where? You’ll need to head out to Clapham Junction by getting a train from Waterloo, then it’s a 10-minute walk to the restaurant on Battersea Rise.


GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN

What? This popular burger spot is offering a free 6oz cheeseburger to runners who present their medal while ordering on race day or Monday 24th April.

Where? GBK has London branches all around the marathon route. Get your meat fix in Covent Garden, Soho, St Paul’s, Waterloo, Clink Street, Spitalfields, Tower Hill, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. The nearest one is on Frith Street in Soho, a 15-minute walk from the finish line.


SQUIRREL

What? Another one for Londoners – head to Squirrel between 12 midday and 2pm on Monday 24th with your medal and you can get a free salad. Packed with lean protein, veg and complex carbs, Squirrel’s salads will give your muscles a great kickstart towards recovery.

Where? Squirrel is based just a minute’s walk from South Kensington tube station.


HIPPO INNS

What? After months of training and a gruelling race, you’ll have more than earned yourself a pint. So, head to a Hippo Inns pub with your medal on Sunday and you can get one for free!

Where? Hippo Inns have eight branches around London - The Duke of Sussex in Waterloo is the nearest to the finish – hop on a tube from Charing Cross, then it’s a 3-minute walk from Waterloo station. You can also go to Islington Town House (Angel), The Colton Arms (Baron’s Court), The Eagle (Ladbroke Grove), The George (Canary Wharf), The Black Horse (Kingston), The Lillie Langtry (West Brompton/Earl’s Court) or The Signal Pub (Forest Hill).


11 CADOGAN GARDENS

What? This elegant Chelsea venue is offering a free glass of champagne to marathon finishers when they present their medals – cheers to that!

Where? 11 Cadogan Gardens is a 4-minute walk from Sloane Square underground station.


THREE CHEERS PUBS

What? Pop to a Three Cheers pub with your medal and you can get a free drink, between 12 midday and 11pm on Sunday 23rd April. You can choose from a pint of beer, 175ml red or white wine, a spirit and mixer, a 125ml glass of prosecco or a soft drink.

Where? There are seven Three Cheers pubs in London – the nearest to the finish is The Tommyfield in Kennington (5 minutes on the tube from Charing Cross, then a 5-minute walk). You can also head to The Stonhouse (Clapham Common), The Latchmere (Battersea Park), The Bolingbroke (Clapham Junction/Clapham South), The Avalon (Clapham South), The Abbeville (Clapham South) or The Rosendale (West Dulwich).


PING PONG

What? If you head to dim sum masters Ping Pong for a pre-booked table with your 2017 medal in hand, you can get a bucket of refreshing Tsingtao beers for you and your supporters to enjoy when you spend £30 on food. Glorious!

Where? Ping Pong has nine venues across London, with the closest being on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden – a 10-minute walk from the finish line. You can also head to locations in Soho, St Paul’s, Bond Street, Southbank, Wembley, St Katharine Docks and Westfield in both Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford.


Franco Manca

What? Sourdough pizzeria Franco Manca is rewarding London marathon medal holders with a free pizza this Sunday and Monday at all of its pizzerias. The offer includes one pizza per person upon presentation of a 2017 finishers medal. The offer is valid for dine-in only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Where? Pretty much all over London, you can see a full list of restuarants here