This is a companion to our comprehensive guide to Running in London center. Greater London covers a huge area, with some wonderful areas for running in the city’s extensive suburbs. Here, we focus on the best spots for running in areas that are outside the immediate city, but within the M25 loop — divided into sections North, South, East, and West of central London. The focus is on the signature parks and off-road paths.
Our northern routes include Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Barnet, and Enfield. To the south, the area includes Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham. We also have routes northwest of the city in Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon, and Brent, southwest of the city in Hounslow and Richmond, northeast of the city in Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest, and Redbridge, and southeast of the city in Greenwich and Bexley. Also some good running spots near Heathrow and Gatwick airports. We’ve also included several routes in Windsor, which is just west of the M25. Not sure where you fall on the map? This handy map of the London Boroughs from LondonMap360 may help. And see our Running Overview map for route locations.