London Marathon

What: It’s one of the capital’s real showpiece annual events and this year, once again, about 30,000 runners take to the streets. Some world-class athletes will be on show but the real star is the city itself; its many landmarks are all visited along the race’s jinking route.

When: April 17.

Do it because: If the weather holds, it’s one of the city’s great days out, with thousands lining the streets to cheer competitors.

Click here for the London Marathon 2011 guide

» The route runs from Greenwich Park to The Mall near Buckingham Palace
Tube: St James’s Park for the finish
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