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The London Stories

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A travel expert shares a running route with culture and fuel stops along the way.

In partnership with American Express, Furthermore asked influential Equinox talent and friends in London to curate their favorite fitness spots, healthy restaurants, as well as culture, art, and style destinations. If you’re headed to the U.K. capital for London Fashion Week, consider this your complete travel guide—just one more way American Express has your back no matter where you go.

Tom Machant

As co-founder of London-born luxury travel agency Black Tomato, Tom Marchant knows the ins and outs of each of the city’s sprawling neighborhoods. Marchant is also a member of the American Express Platinum Collective. “If they created a film about Black Tomato, East London would be where the majority of action would take place,” says Marchant, noting their first office was in buzzy Shoreditch.

“But, if I was ever running low on creative inspiration, it was actually to North London where I’d walk (or run) to get some headspace in the busy capital.” It has a bit of everything—landmark buildings, lush parks, culture hits, and restaurants. Here, the best of Regent’s Park, Marylebone, Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill, and Hampstead.

The walk/run

The fitness

  • The morning chasers

    “This local running club offers a workout for your body and soul as you enjoy routes that take place in Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, and Regent’s Park."

  • Regent’s Park secret garden

    “This secret garden is accessible via the rose garden in the inner circle of Regent’s Park. This is a true hidden gem and you’re almost promised some solitude with a visit.”

The food

London is home to the healthiest and prettiest dishes. Here are some of my favorite.

The culture

  • Regent’s Park secret garden

    “This secret garden is accessible via the rose garden in the inner circle of Regent’s Park. This is a true hidden gem and you’re almost promised some solitude with a visit.”

  • The morning chasers

    “This local running club offers a workout for your body and soul as you enjoy routes that take place in Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, and Regent’s Park."