The London Marathon returns to the capital on Sunday 22 April. Whether you’re planning to run those arduous 26.2 miles or watch from the sidelines, here are three local heroes taking part in all the action
Fuel up at Rail House Café
Even if running a marathon is the last thing on your mind you can still make a difference this month with Rail House Café. The all-day dining restaurant has introduced three deliciously guilt-free dishes to their main menu – donating £1 of each to local children’s charity Whizz-Kidz. Start the day with peanut butter porridge with cacao nibs or enjoy a superfood-loaded lunch of stir-fried quinoa with tofu, pak choi, cherry tomatoes and broccoli. Good food, great cause.
Rail House Café, Nova Food, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; railhouse.cafe
Say cheers at Aster
Nordic-French restaurant Aster is offering a complimentary drink to all London Marathon runners. Simply show your medal to the bar team to receive your free drink – alcoholic or otherwise. Then sit back, relax and rest those weary legs, glass of champs in hand. You deserve it.
Aster, Nova Food, 150 Victoria St, SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
Earn brownie points at Timmy Green
And if you’re in need of something a little more substantial after your valiant effort, head around the corner to Timmy Green for a free salted caramel brownie. Again, all you need to do is show off your medal and the team will deliver your congratulatory treat post-haste.
Timmy Green, Nova Food, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; daisygreenfood.com
DID YOU KNOW… The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world – having raised more than a jaw-dropping £890 million since its inception. It was founded in 1981 by former track and field athlete and sports journalist Chris Brasher and Olympic athlete John Disley.