Free food after the London Marathon? Yes please. You’ve powered through months of training, battled your way to the finish and got your hands on the coveted 2018 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 with free food and drink:
What? One for before the big day, Japanese street food and sushi restaurant YO Sushi! is offering all London Marathon runners a free carb-loaded, nutritious dish from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st April. All you’ll need to do is prove you’re running the Marathon, and you’ll get to pick a plate from YO!’s 4-dish Marathon Menu, which includes Pumpkin Katsu Curry, Chicken Chahan and Vegetable Yakisoba.
Where? The offer is only valid at the following YO! restaurants in London - Richmond, Guildford, Kingston, Harvey Nichols, Fulham, Russell Square, Baker Street, Bond St, Waterloo Station, Victoria Station, London Bridge, Southbank, High Street Kensington, Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford, Bromley, Brent Cross, Finchley Road.
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 22rd 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. The free burger is available at the Fitzrovia restaurant on Sunday 22nd April and at both locations on Monday 23rd April.
What? Sourdough pizzeria Franco Manca is rewarding London Marathon medal holders with a free pizza on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd April at all of its pizzerias. The offer includes one pizza per person upon presentation of a 2018 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 Franco Manca restaurants here.
What? Plant-based, fast-food chain by Chloe are offering London Marathon medal holders a complimentary bowl of post-race pasta, for that all-important refuel. This includes the Mac N’ Cheese Pasta and the Avocado Pesto Pasta, with gluten-free options available of both. If you’re sick of carbs, you can also pick up one of by CHLOE.’s signature Cinnamon Espresso Cookies.
Where? Located in Covent Garden, if your legs are feeling up to it, it’s a 20-minute walk from the finish line. If not, it’s a five-minute walk from Covent Garden tube station.
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 punch on the house when you order a roast with your choice of pork belly, roast beef, roast chicken or vegetarian potato bake and all the trimmings.
Where? St Martin’s Lane – a 15-minute walk from the Mall.
What? Flash your medal at this Middle Eastern cuisine joint on Sunday or Monday 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. If you’re thinking of running an UltraMarathon any time soon, chat to owner Eve and if you live in the local area, take part in the restaurants Medal Mondays, which is a free side with every kebab when you bring a medal.
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.
What? After months of training, start the recovery in style at Maxwell's in Covent Garden. Show off your medal and get a free burger or veggie burger. What's more, London Marathon volunteers also get 25% off on the day, because the marathon couldn't happen without them.
Where? Located on King Street in Covent Garden, Maxwell's is less than a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.
What? Put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned drink on the house at the Skylon restaurant on Southbank this race day. All medal holders can soak in the panoramic views of London, whilst sipping on a complimentary drink in the Royal Festival Hall.
Where? The Skylon Restaurant, Bar and Grill is based at the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank. It’s a 20-minute walk across the river from the finish line, or a 5-minute walk from Waterloo.
What? After months of training and a gruelling race, you’ll have more than earned yourself a pint (or a glass of house wine). 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).
THREE CHEERS PUBS
What? Whilst we’re talking about pubs, pop to a Three Cheers pub with your medal and you can get a free drink, between 12 midday and 11pm on Sunday 22nd 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).
What? For those living in South London, or travelling home that way from Waterloo, Bunga Bunga in Battersea are offering a free stone-baked pizza to all marathon runners on Sunday and Monday. There’s gluten-free bases available and, if you really feel like celebrating, an Italian Rivera themed Martini Prosecco Bar on the roof.
Where? It’s easy to get to via a bus from Clapham Junction, which is a 10-minute train journey from Waterloo.
What? Pop into Japanese restaurant Kurobuta to receive one of their famous tuna sashimi pizzas and a glass of house wine, Asahi beer or JARR Kombucha completely free.
Where? With two different restaurants, one in Marble Arch, a 10-minute walk from the station, or a 12-minute walk from Paddington for those travelling after the race. The other is on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
What? For runners heading to Waterloo to get home after the race, stop off at The Kings Arms or The Ring Pub for that post-run pub lunch, on the house. Flash your 2018 medal to get a free meal.
What? Turn your post-race celebrations into more of a party with The Blues Kitchen. With three restaurants across London, flash your medal and choose from The Cheeseburger, The Spicy Chicken Sandwich or The Creole Bean Burger on the house.
Where? The Blues Kitchen have three restaurants in Camden, Shoreditch and Brixton.
What? Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo are offering all runners the chance to refuel with free guacamole on Monday 23rd April. It might sound low key, but it’s anything but, with eight different guacamoles to choose from, this is Mexican food mixed with fine dining.
Where? Cantina Laredo is on St Martin’s Lane, a 2-minute walk from Leicester Square tube station.
What? Honi Poké are offering a free poké bowl to all Marathon runners post race on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April. Dishing up the best in healthy, protein-fuelled Hawaiian poké, the signature bowls come served with flamed-torched octopus, tuna, salmon, chicken teriyaki or tofu, paired with a base of sushi rice, brown rice of veg slaw.
Where? Located on Dean Street, Honi Poké is less than a 10-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station. The chain also has another branch in Fenchurch Street that will also be offering runners the free poké bowl.
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?
What? More burgers! Head to one of London's Exhibit Bars with your new medal and you'll get one of their 'loaded burgers' completely on the house.
Where? There's two Exhibit Bars in London - one in Balham, one in Streatham.
SMITH AND WOLLENSKY
What? A good offer for runners and supporters alike, your whole party will get 25% off food and drinks at steak house, Smith and Wollensky. The small print states that one of you will need to have a medal, and the offer is for groups of no more than six.
Where? Based in Covent Garden, the restaurant is less than a 10-minute walk from Leicester Square, and a 3-minute walk to Charing Cross station.
What? Just in case you're not sick of pasta, flashing your medal at Pastaio on Sunday 22nd April will qualify you for a free plate of fresh pasta.
Where? You can either walk for 15 minutes from St James' Park finish line to the restaurant on 19 Ganton Street from noon until 10.30pm. Alternatively, it's a 7 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus station.
What? Flash your medal at the Neat Cafe between Sunday 22nd April and Thursday 26th April and pick up a 'Winner's Shake' on the house. If the 'Winner's Shake', packed with protein powder, oats, chia seeds, dates and peanut butter doesn't take your fancy, you can also choose from firm favourites such as Neat's 'Pretty in Pink', 'Sweet Like Chocolate' and 'Good to be Green' shakes.
Where? The Neat Cafe is Located in the lululemon store on Regent Street and serves natural and nutritious food all year round, not just after the marathon.
What? To get runners ready for the marathon, Ubereats is offering 50% off at Firezza, Vapiano and Rossopomodoro on Saturday 21st April on marathon friendly mains that are £10 or cheaper.
Where? All you'll need to do is use the discounte code 'FUEL4RUNNERS' in the app when ordering from one of the participating restaurants.