Part 9 - Covent Garden to Piccadilly Circus (5 Km) - Across London Visual Marathon
Updated: Mar 8
This 5 Km section of the Across London Visual Marathon takes you from Covent Garden to Piccadilly Circus via the South Bank, Westminster, Whitehall, and Leicester Square. The route contains some of London's most famous landmarks.
Part 9 starts outside Covent Garden Station and then goes into around Covent Garden Piazza, and then into the Aldwych by Somerset House, before crossing Waterloo Bridge and dropping down onto the South Bank by the National Gallery. The route then heads east by the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye before crossing Westminster Bridge by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It then makes its way to Westminster Abbey, St James's Park, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, and Trafalgar Square. The final section goes into Leicester Square before finishing off at Piccadilly Circus.
The best time to do this run is first thing in the morning - and at the weekend when it is quieter. At most other times the route will be busy and not really suitable for running - but fine for walking!
The Location of Part 9
As the map shows, this is part 9 of the 14 parts of the Across London Visual Marathon, which starts at the Thames Barrier (part 1) and ends at Hyde Park Corner in the West End of London in part 14. This shows the last nine parts in three sections, starting at the Tower of London.
This is a flexible marathon designed to let you choose which parts you want to do and when so you can do as little or as much as you want at any one time. These photorun blogs are more about the place than the pace, where creative fun is more important than a fast run.
The Route for Part 9
This is a more detailed map and summary of what you can see along the way.
Start at Covent Garden Station and finish at Piccadilly Circus Station.
USEFUL RESOURCES WHEN DOING THE PHOTORUN
The Google map and the summary video are useful to have open when doing these Photoruns. They will help you remember what the route looks like and prevent you from getting lost.
The Plotaroute map is an alternative guide where you can download the route to a device.
Experience part 9 of the route at high speed.
This short video gives a quick overview of the route and the sights and then shows you what the route would look like if you were running it at about 25 mph.
This is a very short animated view of the route. Click the link below when you are there to position yourself on the map, view the photo or download the route to a device.
SUPPORTING PHOTORUN INFORMATION
This section provides you with a virtual tour, a guide to the sights you can see, a brief history of the area and a gallery of some of the sights with a brief description of each.
Map and Virtual Tour - Part 9
Take a virtual tour of the area and see it virtually in 360. Just click on the location icons on the map, and you will be transported to the location. You can then look around and get a sense of space and place before you experience it first-hand.
Gallery of Sights
This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many of the sights you will see along this photoroute. Double-click to see the image in full screen. or go to the Plotaroute link above to see them on a map.