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Perfect Putney & The Oxford And Cambridge Boat Race

27 January 2022 / Area Guides

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Every year, the world’s top rowers come together to compete in one of the most prestigious rowing competitions in the world – the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.  Competition is fierce, and only the best of the best men and women compete and, ultimately, make it to the finish line a winner.

From Putney to Mortlake, the banks of the Thames will be alive once more on Sunday 3rd of April (2022). An estimated 250,000 riverside revellers will roar as teams pass by the banks of the historic Tideway route that winds its way through the neighbourhoods of Putney, Fulham, Hammersmith and Chiswick in South West London. Delightfully deafening, this event will be loud enough, perhaps, to chase those Covid-blues down the river and off into the wild blue yonder for good and all!

One of the highlights of the local event calendar, my friends and I  will also be there this year, excited and ready to enjoy the sights, sounds, delicacies and delightful buzz of Putney in summertime, once more.

My favourite part of London, Putney really is one of those areas that you can’t help but love. It’s got a great year-round vibe, and there really are some fantastic bars and restaurants to explore.  So, if you’re planning to visit the area for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, or any time before or after, then be sure to come and check out what Putney has to offer! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Cosy and quaint, or lively as you like – day or night there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

The Race Route 2022 – Great Places to Meet

Drinks in hand, our favourite place to be, the day of The Boat Race, is with friends and family at The Duke’s Head, close to the starting line. Check out our Putney Raceday Pub and Bar Favourites CLICK HERE

Fire the starting gun! And they’re off. The teams start at Putney, rowing past The Boat Race Fan Park, on the Fulham side, then down past The Crabtree pub, close to Fulham Palace Road. Heading for Hammersmith,  the teams glide past the old Harrods Depository, The Blue Anchor, The Rutland, The Dove and The Old Ship – close to the Wainwright Fan Park. And so, the river bends. With  Chiswick in sight the teams know that the final approach is near, and we can see them push for glory as they sprint past The Bulls Head, The White Heart and The Ship  – then home to glory. May the best team win!

THE BOAT RACE 2022 – Sunday 3rd April

The Women’s Race at 14:23 GMT

The Men’s Race at 15:23 GMT

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Out And About – Our Top 3 Experiences In Putney

Race Day – Bars & Pubs

If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a beer or cocktail, Putney has plenty of bars that are sure to hit the spot. From cosy pubs to trendy lounges, these bars and pubs are loved by locals and visitors alike. Favourite bars in Putney for the day of the Boat Race, and beyond!

The Half MoonBeer garden. Famous Half Moon Hog Roast. Live bands, all day long. Check out the amazing Burger Shack.
Coat and BadgeBrilliant beer garden. Live music. Massive outdoor screen to watch the Boat Race. Fantastic all-day BBQ. DJ’s…and more.
The SpencerChilled way to end the day. Perfect starting point -  craft beers & takeaway pizza’s. Head for the benches on Putney Common to enjoy the buzz and (hopefully) great weather.

Best Restaurants

There’s no need to venture too far from central London to find some of the best restaurants in the city. If you’re looking for a great meal in Putney, then check out these three stellar eateries. From pies that pack a punch, to Thai with a kick. Here’s our Top 3 favourite restaurants in Putney.

Putney PiesThe finest pies in the land!
RoxyBest local steakhouse
Yum SaIncredible Thai food


There are plenty of great cafes scattered throughout London, but some rise above the rest. If you’re looking for an amazing cup of coffee in Putney, these are the places to check out. From intimate, cosy spots to spacious and modern cafes. Newspaper in hand, life is good with a fabulous fresh juice, a vegan feast and a caffeine-fueled deli delight on a crisp winter weekend or sunny spring or summer morning. Here’s our Top 3 favourite cafes in Putney.

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Picnic Lunches

Looking for a great spot for a luxury picnic during this Boat Race? Putney has plenty of options, both in terms of food and scenery. Whether you’re looking for a spot by the river or something more sedate and secluded in our beautiful parks and commons, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget to pack some of our delicious local food to enjoy. Here’s our Top 3 favourite picnics to order online for your perfect Putney day out.

Marks & SpencerThe Kensington Tea Time Hamper
ColetteColette ‘Picnic for the Carnivores’ Hamper
Carluccio’sThe best Italian inspired picnic in London

Wine and Fizz

With a wealth of wine shops to choose from in Putney, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon browsing through brilliant bottles, or want someone to help guide you towards the perfect fizz, these stores have got you covered. Here’s our Top 3 favourite wine merchants in Putney.

Majestic Wine WarehouseOne of London’s favourite wine emporiums
GlugWine, Cheese and Craft Beer
Ditton Wine & SpiritsPurveyors of the world’s finest and most sought-after Wine, Champagne and Whisky

Riverside Living

If there’s one thing that can make living in London feel just a little bit more special, it’s having one of the world’s most iconic rivers, the River Thames, right on your doorstep. From peaceful walks by the water to boat trips down to Greenwich or Richmond, there are endless ways to take advantage of this picturesque stretch of river.  

Pour yourself a drink and relax on the balcony – the views from Putney reach as far as The Shard by London Bridge on a clear day. The Thames Path runs by the river at the bottom of your garden: take a refreshing morning walk, or evening jog, before breakfast. This is an idyllic London lifestyle – come live here and discover it for yourself! 

If you are in the market for a property that boasts stunning views of London’s riverbanks and skyline, then you will want to explore the options available from Stirling Ackroyd. Here, you will find some of the most luxurious properties available in all of London.

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Are you someone who loves spending time by the river? Do you enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of nature, combined with the excitement of city living? If so, then why not consider buying a property that offers sweeping views of a river. Imagine watching the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race each year from the comfort of your own home! Or, taking a leisurely stroll along the riverbank on a warm summer evening. If this sounds like something you’d love, then CONTACT our Putney office.

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