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Test yourself at the London Marathon

Part of the prestigious World Marathon Majors, London Marathon has taken place each spring since its inception in 1981. Attracting elite and amateur runners from around the world, decorated long distance athletes such as Felix Limo and Paula Radcliffe have been amongst London Marathon's past winners. If you're not running, join the onlookers lining London's streets in the centre, east and south of the capital, to cheer on runners as they pass by famous landmarks including Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Cuisine and culture in south London

South of the River Thames you can find some of the best cultural sights and food spots on offer in the capital. Visit the world-famous Tate Modern, with its impressive new extension providing panoramic views over the city. Or head to the National Theatre to watch leading productions housed in a renowned Brutalist arts complex. Nearby, Borough Market is famous for the quality and diversity of its food stalls - get down early during summer to avoid the queues.

Stylish Soho

For an unforgettable night out, look no further than Soho, central London's party district. The roads leading off Soho Square are lined with a beguiling mix of venues, from traditional Irish pubs to stylish cocktail bars and flamboyant gay clubs. Nearby Carnaby is home to many cutting-edge restaurants, including the excellent Indian joint Dishoom.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the London Marathon? Travelodge London Central Covent Garden Hotel puts you in the heart of the city, or Travelodge Central London Kings Cross Hotel is best for those arriving by train.