The London Landmarks Half Marathon is so much more than just a run! The event celebrates London's grand, quirky and hidden history like never before. Discover the birthplace of the bowler hat. Explore London's Roman Amphitheater. Learn more below about the quirky and hidden landmarks along the route.

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Creator ofthe Bowler Hat

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Lock & Co’s hatmaker, Thomas Bowler, designed a new hardy hat for the Earl of Leicester’s gamekeepers - so the bowler hat was created

The MountingStone

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Special steps were created to help the Duke of Wellington mount his horse when visiting the Athenaeum club

Britain’s SmallestPolice Station

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Built so the police could watch troublesome demonstrators in Trafalgar Square

Oscar Wilde’sMemorial

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The bronze memorial is designed as a seat so you can enjoy Oscar Wilde’s company

GringottsBank

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Australia House was used as the setting of Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter

London'sOldest Shop

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R. Twining & Co has been run by the same family from the same location since 1787

Guy Fawkes’sHouse

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Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plotters met here when hatching their plans for the Gunpowder Plot

Shakespeare’sHouse

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Shakespeare bought the house in 1613 on the corner of St Andrew’s Hill and Ireland Yard

Ye OldeWatling

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The pub was said to have been built by Sir Christopher Wren for his workers on St Paul’s Cathedral

Air RaidShelter

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Located under Chancery Lane Tube station, this World War II shelter was designed to hold up to 8,000 people

Postman’sPark

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Famous from the film Closer, this memorial in Postman’s Park commemorates ordinary people who died trying to save the lives of others

St Mary-Le-Bow

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The bell is known as the "Great Bell of Bow" in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons

London’s RomanAmphitheatre

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Constructed by the Romans this amphitheatre seated more than 7,000 spectators

LargestGrasshopper

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An eleven foot grasshopper sits on top of the Royal Exchange- the emblem of Sir Thomas Gresham, founder of the Royal Exchange

Dick Whittington’sHouse

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Richard Whittington, real-life inspiration for Dick Whittington and his cat, was the Mayor of London four times.

PuddingLane

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The Great Fire of London started in a shop on Pudding Lane believed to have belonged to Thomas Farriner, who supplied ships biscuits for the Navy

BillingsgateRoman Bathhouse

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Discovered in 1848, the Bathhouse lies beneath modern office buildings and gives an insight into Roman life

WhitehallPalace

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Shakespeare first performed the Tempest here for the court of King James I

Big Ben

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London’s famous clock tower chimed for the first time on 11th July 1859

The Shard

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The tallest building in Western Europe, it is modelled on a shard of glass, and made of 11,000 panels.

LondonEye

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The world’s tallest observation wheel, you can see for 40km on a clear day!

TheGherkin

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The Gherkin, located in the City, is over three times the height of Niagara Falls.

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