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Best place to stay for London Marathon - near the start of the finish?

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Aug 2021
9:19am, 16 Aug 2021
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tonyp2604
I am doing the London Marathon in October for the first (and probably last) time. I have contacted the "helpline" to ask if it's better to book accommodation near the start or the finish but didn't get a very clear answer. All I am asking is of it is better to get accommodation near the start or the finish? - thinking about the logistics of finishing and getting back to the accommodation etc. I'm sure I'm not the first person to have asked this but getting a straightforward answer seems to be impossible.
Aug 2021
9:29am, 16 Aug 2021
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jennywren
I’m not sure there’s a definitive answer is there? It’s whatever you feel would be better for you. I’ve stayed near the finish in the past and that’s suited me because I didn’t fancy trekking back to a hotel at the start. Other people would feel differently.
Aug 2021
9:32am, 16 Aug 2021
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Serendippily
Everything seems a long walk … I’d go for near the finish usually as roads and lines shut or get really crowded and I’m more able to face the faff at the start but I don’t know how it will be this year and I’m not sure there’s a wrong answer! Best of luck I’ll be there in FERC colours but around 5hr mark
Aug 2021
9:32am, 16 Aug 2021
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Johnny Blaze
My preference would always be to be near the start as there is some time pressure to make the start in time. After it's over you can make your way back in your own time.
Aug 2021
9:39am, 16 Aug 2021
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Little Miss Happy
I'm with Johnny - once it's over you have all the time in the world to make your way back whereas if something causes a delay getting to the start it's very stressful.
Aug 2021
9:40am, 16 Aug 2021
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Velociraptor
Is there still any accommodation available close to either end?
Aug 2021
10:14am, 16 Aug 2021
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tonyp2604
Thanks for your ideas. I'm favouring being nearer to the start as I think I could do without the stress of being late - it won't matter so much after I finish and I actually know the area around Greenwich quite well.
Aug 2021
10:41am, 16 Aug 2021
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elio
Near the start, as you will have the luxury of a private toilet till very close to go time!
Aug 2021
10:47am, 16 Aug 2021
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Serendippily
Excellent sounds like you have your answer then
Aug 2021
11:02am, 16 Aug 2021
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Totriornottotri
Near the finish as you're in central London. There are lots of trains on the overground line (Waterloo east IIRC) from the centre to the start.

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