Oxford VS Cambridge – The best places to watch the boat race from on Saturday

It’s that weekend again, the 161st Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race. Although for the first year ever since I’ve been in London (which is about 6 years now)  it’s actually being held on a Saturday, yes a Saturday!!!! Which basically means an all day party! Fingers, toes, everything crossed for the weather!

Also for the first time ever the Women will be taking the spotlight on the same watery stage and will race first at 4.50pm before the main race at 5.50pm.

If you’re thinking of heading down to join in the action, well you have have plenty of venues to choose from! And here are my top picks to get a refreshing beverage, great entertainment and of course that all important fantastic view!

Kicking it off in Putney is the Star and Garter pub. Perfect for catching the beginning of the race at Putney Bridge with the start line literally just outside. This 3 storey pub will have live screens throughout as well as an array of live bands and DJs from midday.

star and garter

The Crabtree – on the north side of the river off the alphabet streets on Fulham Palace Road sitting between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith, this waterside pub sees the race in full swing. The pub’s beer garden will be serving a BBQ and hog roast with a no booking policy so ensure you arrive early! There will also be live music throughout the day.


The Blue Anchor – The mid way pub near Hammersmith. This spot is always popular and totally has it covered come rain or shine with an outside BBQ or inside screens showing the race should it shower (not doubting the UK weather or anything!!).

blue anchor

Ye White Hart in Barnes – Over mid way through the race this pub is great for seeing the final positions of the teams before they cross the finish line. With the terrace kitchen serving a 3 course meal for £45 (must pre book) and the cannon bar downstairs will host a live bar, DJ, hog roast and BBQ! According to their website they are planning ‘live music, food and fun’! Sounds like my kind of place plus the local village of Barnes is beautiful!

white hart

The Ship in Mortlake – This pub actually overlooks the finish line, the views are spectacular and the atmosphere is truly exciting! With burgers and hot dogs being served throughout the day and a DJ playing into the evening this is not one to miss!

the ship

If you don’t fancy pushing your way through the crowded watering holes there are other spectating points throughout the race. Mainly the 3 bridges of Putney, Hammersmith and Chiswick – however be sure to arrive early as spaces get snapped up speedily!

Bishop’s Park and Furnivall Gardens will also be hosting the ‘boat race in the park festival’ which is free for all and consists of a big screen, beer tents, food, family entertainment and live music.

Finally, for those of you that can’t make it to South West London to view, the race will be broadcast live from BBC1 from 4.15pm.

Now, with the risk of sounding like a loser – be good, be safe, be responsible – BUT ENJOY!!!

See you there!



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