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Putney Perfection

29 January 2022 / Area Guides

How Riverside Life Brings Balance

Imagine spending a glorious late-spring afternoon in the company of thousands of riverside revelerers, watching the world’s top rowers compete in what many consider to be one of history’s most prestigious boat races? Imagine also, a home by Europe’s most iconic rivers – the Thames. 

The annual Boat Race, between Oxford and Cambridge’s leading university rowing teams, is set to return in April, and following a prolonged pandemic pause this year is set to be the biggest and best river race in modern times. 


THE BOAT RACE 2022 – Sunday 3rd April

The Women’s Race at 14:23

The Men’s Race at 15:23 

For details go to

Record numbers of onlookers are expected to watch what will be a race to remember, and 100s of thousands of people will line the banks, filling riverside bars and neighbourhood restaurants to capacity. The happy hoard will cheer their respective teams to victory well fed and well watered!

Putney really does make the perfect riverside vantage point for Race Day, but then again it is pretty perfect all year round.  I have lived and worked here for almost a decade, and fully embrace the joys of riverside living. The area offers a laid back and lively atmosphere, and (entertainment wise) there really is something for everyone here.  

The same applies in a property sense. There is an amazing range of options to choose from here. First-time buyers gravitate towards flats in charming Victorian properties, some with expansive natural parklands or the river in view. Or for those that prefer a new build option, shared-ownership developments and well-positioned ex-council properties in Putney and the surrounding neighbourhoods make perfect sense for those that are taking that first exciting step on the property ladder. 

For more established families, Putney also offers a superb choice of larger character homes that suit every stage of family life. A massive upside for parents and children alike is the impressive range of great schools and after school activities in the area – everything from horse riding to sailing club on Putney Embankment. And, for City and international workers, transport routes across the city and to major airports are excellent. 

But for me, Putney is about one thing. The river. The sense of freedom it brings. A walk by the Thames any day of the year will clear your head and bring you back to earth, regardless of the stresses of city life. 30 minutes from the City, the hustle and bustle is (geographically) not far away, but having access to the river brings a sense of peace and balance to even the busiest lives.

If you are interested to learn more about London riverside living and Stirling Ackroyd’s portfolio in this area, please contact our Putney branch.

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