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Best Places to Watch the Boat Race

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The Oxford University Vs Cambridge University Boat Race takes place on Saturday 24th March. The best places to watch the Boat Race are Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment, Bishops Park, Hammersmith Bridge, Hammersmith Embankment, Barnes Embankment, Dukes Meadows & Chiswick Bridge. The 6.8km Championship Course Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race heads down the River Thames from Putney Bridge, passed Fulham FC and under Hammersmith Bridge to Mortlake in south west London, finishing roughly 17-20 minutes later at Chiswick Bridge. Big screens will be showing the day’s races live in Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens and there will be a timetable of events throughout the day. Below is a guide to the best bars, pubs and restaurants along the River Thames for watching the Boat Race.

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Putney
Bar
Eclectic

This popular Putney waterfront destination is the perfect place to enjoy the boat race with a superb menu including delights such as the "Skippers Catch of the Day" and 28 day aged Angus sirloin steak with samphire butter and triple cooked chips. After lunch head up to the mezzanine and enjoy the party with drinks and plenty of entertainment.

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Hammersmith
Bar / Restaurant

Cheer on the crews from your spot on the riverside terrace and enjoy a bird's eye view of the race from The Old Ship in Hammersmith. Weather permitting, the riverside garden is the place to be with cold beers on tap and some great food to tuck into whilst you enjoy the race day ambience.

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Putney
Bar
Gastro

Always a popular spot for those wanting to enjoy the boat race, the aptly named "Rowing Club's" awesome riverside terrace at The Duke's Head will be filled to the brim with people enjoying craft beers, signature cocktails and live music courtesy of Soul Train.

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Barnes & Sheen
Bar
Pub

Situated near the finish line, The White Hart in Barnes is always well prepared for race day. Grab yourself a prime spot in the Cannon Bar and enjoy music from The Monday Night Re-Runs from 12pm whilst out in the garden the BBQ will be serving up the finest burgers in town.

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Barnes & Sheen
Bar
Pub

Another prime location for watching the very end of the boat race, The Bull's Head in Barnes is famed for being a jazz venue and on race day this is no exception. Enjoy a toe-tapping jazz show featuring countless classics to get you in the mood whilst you cheer on your chosen crew. There'll be plenty of beer on tap and some great food to tuck into as well.

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Putney
Bar / Restaurant
Thai

Thai Square Putney Bridge are all set for the 24th March with a fantastic boat race offering. Soak up the stunning vistas over the river from your table in the second floor restaurant where they'll be showing a live broadcast of all the action and serving a divine menu of Thai Square classics. If you prefer to be right next to the action then head down to the riverbank and enjoy small dishes from just £1. Back in the restaurant, live music will keep the party going until 2am.

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Hammersmith
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

Located along what is usually considered a quieter stretch of river, The Crabtree Tavern comes alive on race day and this 24th March sees the venue play host to it's third Boat Race Festival. Expect a huge range of drinks, fab food and a party ambience befitting of the day.

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Hammersmith
Bar
Pub

Get down to The Blue Anchor (close to Hammersmith Bridge) early on race day and grab yourself the perfect view of the race finish. This place is a London icon, dating back to 1722, offering traditional wood panelled rooms and exceptional vistas over the River Thames from it's compact balcony and stunning Riverside Room. Expect the crowds on 24th March.

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Hammersmith
Bar
Pub

Perched along the riverside just after the famous Surrey Bend, The Dove has been a popular choice for those wanting to catch sight of the boat race for centuries. In fact this was more than likely the location for those catching the very first boat race back in 1829. Enjoy a drink in the beautiful vine entangled conservatory or head to the riverside terrace and catch all the action. Get here early to grab a prime seat, this place packs out on race day.

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Fulham
Bar / Restaurant
Modern European

Operated by Fuller's, this riverside pub is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser on the day of the boat race, offering a huge terrace overlooking the Thames and a prime view of the race. Expect plenty of real ale to accompany a menu filled with classic pub dishes. The roast dinners are legendary whilst the BBQ is certain to serve up a variety of tasty treats should the weather allow!

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