Where to Watch The Boat Race
There are two bank-side fan parks; at Bishop’s Park in Fulham (the beginning of the race), and at Furnivall Gardens in Hammersmith (the half way mark). Both open at 12 noon and have a big screen, bars and street food. The latter is known as course’s liveliest location. The races start at 4.31pm (Women’s) and 5.32pm (Men’s).
But there are plenty of great spots to watch the boat race...
Just a few minutes walk from Putney Bridge tube station, Putney Bridge has great views of the two crews right from the very start of the race, up as far as the Fulham bend. Get there early for a good spot though as fans line the railings up to four or five deep. You can then walk to Bishop’s Park and catch the rest of the race on the Big Screen.
Dukes Head, Putney
At the start of the annual race is the Dukes Head, a grand Grade-II listed boozer that has been sitting in this prime Putney spot for 150 years. It’s been a hotspot of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race for over a century, so if it ain’t broke…
The Bishop’s Park Fan Park is located at the very start of The Boat Race, and the focus is on fun for all the family. Open from 12 noon, there will be bars and street food and a big screen to watch the BBC live coverage from start to finish.
After seeing the rowers off at Putney Bridge, rush back to the Middlesex Bank and grab a spot at The Temperance to watch the rest on screen. From here you can enjoy the cocktails, beers, food and atmosphere
The Crabtree, Hammersmith
Wedged between Putney and Hammersmith Bridge, The Crabtree is a pretty perfect spot to catch The Boat Race. So perfect – with its vast garden and terrace that leads up the water’s edge – it even throws a festival. Expect plenty of big screens, food and drink, live music playing all day long and a DJ set till late. From 11am.
The Dove, Hammersmith
It may have a Guinness World Record for the smallest bar room in the world, but rest assured that there will be space from which to watch the race at this historic pub – as long as you get in early. The riverside terrace is an excellent viewing spot for the Hammersmith to Chiswick Eyot stretch, and a great place for a pint and a meal too.
Of all the good viewing points on the Middlesex bank, all the way from The Dove in Hammersmith (above) to Dukes Meadow, Chiswick Pier is one of the best as one of the crews will often put in a decisive push for the finish line at this stage.
The Emmanuel 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.