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VM London Marathon - 03 Oct '21 (MVA09)

VM London Marathon - 03 Oct '21
UAE Runners Click Here

VM London Marathon - 03 Oct '21 (MVA09)

Country Visited: U.K & Ireland
Days Distance Race Type Price from Style
5 Full Marathon Abbott World Marathon Majors 119000 Basic Guided
  • Overview

  • Itinerary

  • Accommodation

  • Extension Tour

  • Important Information

  • FAQs

  • Reviews

  • Dates & Prices


Among the older & most prestigious races in the world & one of the six World Marathon Majors today, the very first London Marathon was held in 1981. Since then this large celebratory sporting festival of sorts, has become a must-do for many marathoners. The race guarantees unparalleled spectator support and thousands who take to the streets run in support of charities, making this race amongst the highest fund-raising events in the history of marathons. Active Holiday Company is proud to be the Official Tour Operator in India, helping Indians get one step closer to their Six Star dream. The race goes past many iconic landmarks of London - you'll go over Tower Bridge and pass the House of Parliament and finally past Buckingham Palace. The race attracts world-class competition and is one of the best organised marathon races. And although there is no time-limit to complete the race, to receive a finisher medal, you are required to complete the race within 8 hours. 


  • Guaranteed Race Entry 
  • Superbly located hotel 
  • Meet runners from all over India & UAE  
  • No stress of planning or organising - just run your race
  • On ground support - you'll need it 
  • Dedicated Meet & Greet area for friends and family post the race 
  • Skip the lines - quick bib pick up at the expo


  • 4 nights stay at a top Trip Advisor rated hotel within walking distance of the Westminster Bridge and the Waterloo tube station. 
  • Full English breakfast on all days  
  • Guaranteed race entry to the Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Oyster travel card with GBP 20 credit, given to you before departure (you can use it for travel from the airport, as well as to the race expo)
  • Guided walk to the finish line followed by English Tea & Scones to meet and network with fellow runners 
  • Personalised T-Shirt (for race participants only).
  • Local on-ground support from Active Holiday Company  
  • Travel to the starting point of the race by train is provided free by race organisers


Day 1
Arrive – London (Thu) Open or Close

On arrival in London, make your way from the airport to the hotel (our detailed travel documents will provide you with information on how you can get to the hotel).
You have the rest of the day free to spend as you please.

Meals: None

Day 2
London (Fri) Open or Close

Today, after a leisurely breakfast head out for a guided walking tour of the Old City.
It is imperative for all runners to be a part of this tour as not only do you get to visit sites that you cannot and should not miss, it will also help you navigate your route back to the hotel on Race Day.
On this tour, you will stop by everything quintessentially London, from the Big Ben to the Buckingham Palace and St. James Park, finally ending at Westminster Abbey.
This is also a wonderful opportunity to meet your fellow runners and compare notes. You can also choose to make your way to ExCel Center to collect your running kit and bib immediately after the tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Hi Tea

Day 3
London (Sat) Open or Close

Get an early start to the day and head to St. James Park (the finishing point for the race), for a warm-up run. Head back to the hotel, in time for breakfast.
You have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure.
This centurion old mega-polis has a mind boggling array of activities and sites to captivate you. We suggest a trip to the London Eye, which is walking distance from your centrally located hotel or maybe a cruise along river Thames.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Race Day! (Sun) Open or Close

Race Day is finally here!
This iconic race is run over a largely flat course around the river Thames, passing the Tower of London. In the penultimate mile along the London Eye comes into view, and as does Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and finishing alongside St. James's Palace.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
Depart – London (Mon) Open or Close

With a medal in the bag and bragging rights galore, it’s time to say good bye to London. You will need to find your way to the airport.
Or instead, celebrate having run a World Major with an extended tour of Europe’s wonders! Ask us for our exclusive extension for London Marathoners to Amsterdam as we get you on bicycles to witness the Tulips in full bloom.
Meals: Breakfast



Your hotel, Premier Inn London County, is a Trip Advisor top-rated property in the heart of the city, within walking distance of iconic spots such as the London Eye, the Big Ben, and less than 1.5 km from the finish line. Getting to the start of the race is made simple with the hotel being located right next to Waterloo station from where trains depart to the starting point (Greenwich) of the race.  

Extension Tour

  • Cycling Tours

    Tulip tour of Holland

    Tulip tour of Holland [5 days]

    Physical Grading
    • JAN
    • FEB
    • MAR
    • APR
    • MAY
    • JUN
    • JUL
    • AUG
    • SEP
    • OCT
    • NOV
    • DEC
    • From
      ₹ 43,066
      • Cycling
      • Local & Cultural

    Cycle through the Tulip fields of Holland from Amsterdam to Leiden

  • Walking & Hiking

    Kingdom of Fife Scotland

    Kingdom of Fife Scotland [7 days]

    U.K & Ireland
    Physical Grading
    • JAN
    • FEB
    • MAR
    • APR
    • MAY
    • JUN
    • JUL
    • AUG
    • SEP
    • OCT
    • NOV
    • DEC
    • From
      ₹ 62,261
      • Trekking
      • Hiking / Walking

    The Kingdom of Fife can look back on moving history. The Picts and Scots competed here for supremacy and fought together against invasions of the Viking tribes from Denmark.


  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions

A complete registration form with a non-refundable deposit of INR 65,000 per person (for race participants) and INR 10,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. 


Full payment not received by 30 June: Your booking will be canceled and the non-refundable deposit amount retained by us as a cancellation. 

Cancel on or before 15 August*: Cancellation amount INR74,500 / AED 3700 
Non-Running Companion traveling with you: 100% refundable 
Cancel after 16 August*: 100% Cancellation

Non-Running Companion traveling with you: 100% refundable 

*This applies if the event takes place and you are unable to participate due to travel restrictions or other reasons AND the race does not offer any option of refund or deferral. You can choose to request a refund of the balance or apply the excess funds to another race/future travel with Active Holiday Company.  

If the event organizers offer the option of refund or deferral and/or amend their cancellation policy, we will communicate a revised cancellation/deferral policy based on the options offered to us.

If this is your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, check our FAQs to ensure you receive a six star medal at the finish.

Race entry is not available without the package; however, the package can be booked without the race entry (non-runners prices apply). Race entry is available only for residents of India and GCC countries (irrespective of their nationality). All prices are based on GBP INR ROE on 1st December 2020 and price is subject to revision should the exchange rate fluctuate drastically before full payment is made.

Entries are available on first come basis. Due to the popularity of this race, we offer the first right of refusal to runners who have run other International races with us before. The tour is offered to new runners after our past runners have taken their entries. 

Please contact us for flights, visas and insurance if you need assistance.

Before You Go

Things you need to know


Q.1 Is the 2021 race entry guaranteed if I book a package through Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

All of our World Marathon Major packages come with guaranteed race entry. However, with the cancellation of all 2020 races, in case of changes such as restrictions on the number of permitted participants due to a legal regulation, official order, for the protection of participants or for reasons beyond our control it is possible that your confirmed and guaranteed entry may be cancelled. In this case, we will communicate the options offered by the race organiser at that point. It will be our endeavour to communicate the most updated situation as clearly and as quickly as possible.

Q.2 What happens if the race is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak? Open or Close

With the vaccine being administered the chances of races not taking place towards the end of 2021 are low, however it is impossible to predict how things will pan out the next few months as travel may continue to be affected and nations may introduce new measures such as border closures etc. with little or no notice. Quarantine rules may also need you to budget for longer stays in other countries. Should the event be cancelled for 2021, we will contact you as soon as we know and offer the options available to us. Depending on the race organiser and these could be
1. Moving your entry to the new event date or to next year.
2.A refund of your payments made to us
The exact option available will depend largely on the race organiser and refunds can be offered only if we receive the same from the event company. We may retain a small administrative fee to cover our expenses.
Unless specifically communicated by the race organisers at any point, it is assumed that the cancellation fees are applicable as per the cancellation policy explained under 'Important Information' tab.

Q.3 Will my travel insurance cover the cancellation fee in case of a cancellation - by my choice or on the event organisers part? Open or Close

The exact coverage will be detailed in the conditions of your insurance policy and we encourage you to check whether you can make a claim with them directly. Most Indian insurance providers cover a very small part of the cancellation fee.

Q.4 What if UK is subject to travel restrictions but the race is still taking place? Open or Close

If there are travel restrictions in place but the race is scheduled to take place as normal and you are unable to travel as scheduled, then our standard race cancellation policy will apply unless the race organisers offer us alternatives which can include the option to defer. Our ability to offer a refund will depend on being able to cancel your entry with the race organiser and hotel bookings with refunds. However, this can’t be guaranteed at this point.<br />
As of June 2021 full cancellation applies if you are unable to travel for the race due to travel restrictions or any other reason. It is the runners responsibility to meet the quarantine requirements applicable at the time of the event.

Q.5 Can I book extra nights before or after the race? Open or Close

Please contact us if you’d like to add pre or post nights to your trip to your hotel stay in London. If you are booking your pre and post nights at the hotel directly please note that you will have to change your room by checking out of that room and checking in to the new room allocated for the group. Please do not request us or the hotel reception to allow you to continue staying in the same room if your booking has not been made as part of our group.

Q.6 This is my Sixth WMM, how do I receive a six star medal at the finish? Open or Close

If you have booked your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, please contact us so that we can guide you through the process and ensure you receive a medal at the finish.

Q.7 Can I check-in early? Open or Close

Check-in time is 3 pm on the day of arrival at both the hotel and the hostel. Early check-in is subject to availability at the time of arrival. The marathon weekend is a very busy time for all accommodations and if you are arriving early and you would like a room ready upon arrival you will need to book and pay for it from the previous night.

Q.8 Will I have to collect my own bib? Open or Close

Yes, all the World Major Marathons require that the participants attend the expo in person and collect their bibs. Your travel documents will contain detailed instructions on how to get to and from the expo from your hotel.

Q.9 What category of the accommodation included? Open or Close

Premier Inn County Hall is a business hotel rated highly for its reliable and functional services. It is chosen for its fabulous location and ease of access but all our runners also love the service and the rooms there. We occasionally combine the stay with Premier Inn Waterloo if room availability is an issue.

Q.10 I am a solo traveller, is it possible for me to find someone to share my room with? Open or Close

We have several single runners interested in sharing a room with another runner and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement. If you have a friend who is already on the group you'd like to share your room with please let us know your preference at the time of making the booking so we can pair you together.

Q.11 Is it possible for me to buy just the race entry and make my own accommodation arrangements? Open or Close

As Tour Operators, we are required to sell the race entry along with accommodation. Our contract with the race does not permit us to sell a stand alone race entry.

Q.12 I’ve got the race entry through the Ballot/Charity, can I book the accommodation from Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

Yes, it is possible for you to stay with our marathon group if you already have the entry or if you are travelling with a non-running companion. However, please note that this will be at the same hotel as the rest of the group travelling on our package.

Q.13 I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade or change my accommodation? Open or Close

No, it is not possible for us to book your stay elsewhere. We plan our trips so that the whole group stays together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking.

Q.14 I cannot attend this race. Is it possible for me to transfer my registration to another runner? Open or Close

London Marathon does not allow runners to transfer their spots to another runner. Entries are also non-refundable under all circumstances.

Q.15 Is it possible for me to defer my registration to the following year? Open or Close

Yes London Marathon is one of the only WMM races that allows you to defer your registration to the following year. This can be done online, closer to the race day. Though your race spot is guaranteed the following year, you will still need to pay for your entry again. Our standard cancellation charges apply even if you defer to the next year since current years fees and hotel payments are not refundable.

Q.16 Will you be able to assist me with visas and air tickets? Open or Close

Yes, we can help you with visas and flight tickets for an additional charge. Please get in touch with us for details. The UK visa does not need you to apply only within 90 days of travel so we suggest you get the visa out of the way at the earliest possible.


Post Your Review

Overall score:

(Based on 16 reviews)

  • Virender kumar Gandhi

    Apr 2019


    Having done 52 marathons, this experience have been very unique and special in many ways. My first with Active Holiday
    The stay at London, the location visit , the breakfast, the reception post completion and time to time help during stay by Gauri have been par excellence

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    1. The whole team waited at Waterloo station when i went to take a band aid at a medical store
    2. Post completion reception by Gauri inspite of the fact that I was the last finisher in the team
    3. The company given to my wife by Gauri is worth remembering .
    A wonderful experience

    Feedback on the trip guide

    Our Guide thru out was only Gauri

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Register thru Active holiday and be free of all worries

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    Local travel card of 20 £ was very useful during London stay

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  • Kishore Ranganathan

    Apr 2019


    Extremely well organised. Gauri's enthusiasm was infectious.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    A pb by over 40 minutes

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Rest assured. Active Holidays takes good care of you.

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Dates & Prices

Premier Inn London County (4N/5D) - 30th September 2021 to 4th October 2021 (BOOKINGS CLOSED)

Per person on twin share
(With Race Entry)
Per person on single room
(With Race Entry)
Non-Running Companion Child Per person on twin share
(Without Race Entry)
Per person on single room
(Without Race Entry)
INR 119000 INR 152500 INR 44500 INR 6900 INR 54000 INR 81500

All prices exclude GST 5% applicable to Indian travellers.
There is also a 5% TCS now appliable to Indian travellers (this can be claimed back in your IT returns).
A service charge of 2% for Indian cards & 3.75% for International cards is applicable on all online transactions.

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Why Run with Active Holiday Company

We are the region’s best known & most trusted Marathon Tour Operator. We are the official Tour Operators for the World Marathon Major Races. We are runners just like you!
  • Guaranteed Race Entry, no timing qualification

    Guaranteed Race Entry,
    no timing qualification

  • Well located accommodation that delivers value

    Well located accommodation
    that delivers value

  • Thoughtfully planned programs with runner ‘comforts’ included

    Thoughtfully planned programs with
    runner ‘comforts’ included

  • All logistics looked after, you focus on your race!

    All logistics looked after,
    you focus on your race!

  • Best in class service & 24/7 emergency support

    Best in class service &
    24/7 emergency support

  • Network with like-minded runners & companions

    Network with like-minded
    runners & companions

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