The Boat Race has been a quintessential British occasion since 1829. What can be more pleasurable that lounging under the Spring sunshine (if the weather permits) and emerging foliage than with a chilled pint of lager or Pimm’s. Watching well-hung crews bust guts and sinew on the River Thames and not have to lift as much as a finger. Oh, and the people-watching, sashaying up and down the river from Putney to Chiswick or lying prostrate on the lush grass watching the clouds float by. Of course, there is the important commerce for the pubs along the race route. Cheers to another Boat Race jolly.
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A few minutes’ walk from the tube station, Putney Bridge offers great views of the two crews off the start and as far as the Fulham bend. Spectators can then walk to Bishops Park and catch the remainder of the race on the Big Screen.
Craven Cottage will provide fantastic views of the race from the Riverside Terrace, with food and drink available throughout the day. We will be screening Sunderland v Tottenham live from the Riverside Bar from 12.30pm. Read more: http://www.fulhamfc.com/
The busy embankment in front of the boathouses in Putney is a good place to see the first part of the race, especially if you can get into one of the rowing clubs (who often sell tickets on the door). But there are places to watch even if sometimes obscured by bushes all the way to Hammersmith Bridge.
BARN ELMS BOAT HOUSE
A 10 minute walk towards Hammersmith along the Putney embankment, Barn Elms boathouse has a wide concrete landing stage from where you can see the crews as they race off towards the Mile Post. Be warned though your feet could get wet. Ten minutes further along, the bank in front of Harrods Depository is also a good spot.
10-15 minutes’ walk from Hammersmith tube station, the embankment between Hammersmith Bridge & the Crabtree pub has a footpath offering good views of the river. In the right spot you should be able to see the race for a good few minutes before the crews shoot Hammersmith Bridge.
Ten minutes’ walk from Hammersmith Tube Station, the Bridge has always attracted thousands of Boat Race spectators; often the tussle for the lead is fierce as the crews pass below. The Bridge provides good views as the crews come in to view from around the Surrey Bend or as they race into the distance towards Chiswick Eyot and Barnes.
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL BOATHOUSE
Located close to Hammersmith Bridge on the Surrey bank and accessible from the towpath, the space in front of the boathouse provides a good view of the crews battling at close quarters as they race off towards Chiswick Eyot. Another place to be careful your feet dont get wet.
There are good viewing points on the Middlesex bank all the way from The Dove to Dukes Meadow, Chiswick Pier is one of the best. One of the crews often puts in a decisive push at this stage. Run by the Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House opens at 12.00 noon for pre-race refreshments and entertainment.
THE EMANUEL SCHOOL BOATHOUSE
Located close to Barnes Bridge on the Middlesex bank, The Emanuel School Boathouse offers spectacular views of the final stages of the Race. There will be a BBQ and Bar from 12.30.
A large park and recreation ground adjacent to the river between Chiswick Bridge and Barnes Bridge on the Middlesex bank, Dukes Meadow provides views of the final stage of the race.