London, the busy, traffic-clogged metroplis that it is, is a surprisingly good place to go for a run. There are plenty of parks, canals, riverfront paths and quiet neighborhoods to make for a very scenic and very memorable run.

And the scenery is really varied: from the hip to the elegant, from the royal to the working class, but it's always interesting.

Here are a list of some of the best London runs you can find:

1. Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens run: The twin parks of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens provide a huge, green backdrop for a run in central London, easily reachable from a variety of neighborhoods: Paddington, Bayswater, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington. It's a great place for a morning- or evening run, such as this 7.5km loop.

2. Regents Park run: Another great London park is Regents Park, north of Marylebone Road. Regents Park offers wide lawns full of athletic fields, a rowing lake, the London Zoo, a section of Regents Canal with its narrowboats, and the Inner Circle, a masterpiece of English gardening. Here is a 6.2km run, including a climb up Primrose Hill, for a great view over the city. 

3. Greenwich run: Here is a 5km run through this showplace of English history. It follows the Themse riverfront along the old Naval College, past historic pubs, up to Greenwich Park on the hilltop, with the famous Greenwich Observatory, before looping back through the Georgian townhouses of Greenwich.

4.Three Parks run: This 6.8km run takes you through three of London's great parks in one even greater run: Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James' Park. And along the way, it passes Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and St. James' Palace. 

5. Regents Canal and Camden Town run: The Regents Canal connects Paddington with funky Camden Town. The tree-lined canal, with its basins, towpaths, locks and narrowboats is a refreshing new side of London. The canal is a witness to Britain's industrial revolution. It goes through Little Venice, St. Johns Wood, Regents Park and then into pulsating Camden Town. It takes you through Camden Market, through Regents Park and back to Paddington.

6. Heathrow Harmondsworth Moor run: If you're stuck out at Heathrow Airport, here is a surprisinly green oasis beyond the runways. This run explores the moor and Harmondsworth village, behind the west end of the Bath Road hotels.

7. Hampstead Heath Run: Hamstead Heath is a hilly nature refuge right in the heart of London, with a fascinating old village feeling still found in Hampstead. This 7.2km run cuts throgh the village before looping through the eastern heath, climbing Parliament Hill for a great view, going by the swimming ponds, touring the Kenwood House grounds and then back through the village.

Enjoy running through London!