The Virgin Money London Marathon is back for 2019!

 London Marathon_Tower Bridge

Tower Hamlets will see thousands of people race through parts of the borough on Sunday 28 April for the highly anticipated annual Virgin Money London Marathon.

For those coming down to catch the live action, you can view start times, suggested viewing spots and how best to get there on the marathon’s spectator info page.

The Marathon reaches Tower Hamlets 13 miles into the race at the iconic landmark, Tower Bridge. It continues through the borough for a further nine miles, touching West India Dock Road, Commercial Road and continues through the Isle of Dogs before the home stretch – London Bridge to the Mall.

Information about road closures can be found here.

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The following areas are affected by the Marathon:


The route will pass along The Highway between miles 13 to 14 and again on the opposite carriageway between miles 21 to 22. Free local parking is available for Wapping residents at Bishop Challoner School, from 4pm on Saturday 27 April until 4pm on Sunday 28 April. 

Isle of Dogs

Residents on the east and west side of Westferry Road will be able to exit onto Westferry Road and travel south to Manchester Road until 9:45am on Sunday 28 April. From 9:45am no vehicle movements will be possible until after 3:30pm. Event motorcyclists, assisted by stewards, will be available to guide vehicles along Westferry Road when it is safe to do so before 9:45am or after 3:30 only. Residents will be unable to return to Westferry Road until the roads are fully reopened.

Canary Wharf

The Marathon route through Canary Wharf is unchanged from 2017. Shops, cafes, restaurants and transport links remain open.

Getting around

The best and only way to get to the Marathon is to use public transport. London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lay on extra services on race day, and this is by far the best way to get around. Visit Transport for London to plan your journey.

Visit the London Marathon site for more information.


Posted on Friday 26th April 2019