Completing the London Marathon is no easy feat, but there’s more than just a sense of relief/pride/exhaustion awaiting runners who cross the finish line this Sunday.
That’s because all across London, a host of restaurants and bars are serving up free food and drink to triumphant runners who complete the race and have the shiny medal to prove it.
We’re not just talking token snacks either – think huge burgers dripping in cheese, pad thais, pizzas and even a tipple or two.
Basically, it is the perfect excuse to replenish your energy stores and tuck into some seriously mouthwatering dishes.
However, you won’t want to wander around the capital looking for deals – so we’ve already done the hard work for you and searched out all the best foodie freebies for London Marathon runners.
Best London Marathon free food and drink offers
Free pizza from Franco Manca
From Sunday 28 April to Monday 29 April runners can visit their nearest Franco Manca restaurant bearing their medal and claim a free pizza from the menu or specials board.
Available nationwide. Check details for your nearest restaurant by visiting: www.francomanca.co.uk .
Free burgers at Maxwells
Take your finisher’s medal along on race day to Maxwell’s in Covent Garden and you’ll be rewarded with one hearty burger for free. Choose between the Maxwell’s Old Timer or Veggie Burger and indulge guilt-free after a gruelling day.
The restaurant is pretty popular so it might be worth booking in advance to ensure you get a place. Maxwell’s is also offering volunteers 25% off their food, but you’ll need to bring proof with you.
Address: Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, 34 King St, London WC2E 8JD. Book at maxwells.co.uk .
Free meal at Busabi
Following a 26.2-mile journey, some sustenance is required, which is why Thai food chain Busaba are offering runners the chance to refuel for free.
Simply show your medal at any of the 13 restaurants dotted around London between 28 April and 29 April to claim a meal. Runners get the choice of any one of the Pad Thais, Wok Noodles, Curries, Char-grills, Soups, Salads, Stir-fries or Rice Bowls.
Available nationwide. Book a table at your chosen restaurant online by visiting www.busaba.com/bookings .
Free Wild Bowl from Mac & Wild
Scottish champions Mac & Wild will be congratulating all London Marathon runners with free wild bowl.
Runners can choose either the salmon, vegan pulse pop (made with golden vegan haggis pops) or the venison bowl, which all come with super grains, a tasty sauce and salad. All you need to do is bring your medal as proof.
For more information visit macandwild.com .
Fr ee pizza at Bunga Bunga Battersea
Present your medal and pick up a free pizza from Bunga Bunga on Sunday.
Runners can choose from favourites like the Ruby Loves topped with Nduja spicy soft sausage and the Micaela Margherita. Don’t have to miss out on this gourmet delight.
Address: 37 Battersea Bridge Road. For more information visit battersea.bungabunga-london.com .
Free Burger at MEATliquor
Take your medal to the nearest MEATliquor restaurant to tuck into a tasty burger for free. (Don’t worry there are veggie and vegan options available too).
Fans of the burger joint and any volunteers who show their steward badge can take part throughout Sunday 28 April.
Available nationwide. Check restaurant details online at meatliquor.com
Free glass of champagne at All Bar One
All Bar One is inviting runners to celebrate crossing the finish line with a glass of fizz.
Runners will be treated to a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon champagne at All Bar One on Sunday 28th April. Runners just need to download the All Bar One app and use the voucher to redeem this offer.
Nationwide. Check details for your nearest All Bar One here www.allbarone.co.uk
Free smoothie from Crussh
Crussh juice bars are rewarding runners with a healthy free smoothie worth £4.50,to reboot their energy levels post-race. Just flash your medal from 28 April to 3 May to redeem your freebie.
Nationwide. Check details for your nearest Crussh branch online at crussh.com
Free meal at Real Greek
Worked up an appetite over those 26.2 miles? Fill up on a free meal at a The Real Greek between the 28 April and 3 May by showing your medal.
There’s a selection of free dishes on offer including the chicken skewers, lamb kefte and falafel, which come served with rice, salad and tasty tzatziki. Yum.
Nationwide. Check details for your nearest branch online at www.therealgreek.com