Mile 18: Canary Wharf
Formerly one of the busiest docks in the world, Canary Wharf became the UK’s new financial hub in 1991.
The 97-acre commercial estate is home to a glittering array of skyscrapers, including One Canada Square, which was the tallest building in the UK for two decades before being surpassed by the Shard. The area was given its name when fruit grown in the Canary Islands started arriving into the docks during the 1930s.
Mile 25: London Eye
As you head west along Victoria Embankment to Westminster, the London Eye dominates the skyline. When it was officially opened by then Prime Minister Tony Blair on 31 December 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world – standing at 135 metres (443ft).
Originally intended as a temporary attraction with a five-year lease, the London Eye has become the capital’s premier viewing platform, with more than 3.75 million visitors annually.
Mile 25: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
You will be welcomed into the final mile of the London Marathon by the spectacular sight of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The clock tower was completed in 1859 and was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. However, it is more commonly known by its nickname Big Ben, which originally referred to the clock’s great bell. Many people think the bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw its installation.
Mile 26: Buckingham Palace
When you negotiate the penultimate bend of the London Marathon, you will come face-to-face with Buckingham Palace and know that you have just 385 yards left until the Finish Line on The Mall.
The first edition of the race reached its climax just metres away on Constitution Hill, but from 1982 until 1993 the race ended on Westminster Bridge. However, in 1994 repair work to the bridge meant the Finish Line was moved to The Mall, where it has been ever since.