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Where to watch the Boat Race

Beat the crowds and find the best spot to watch the Boat Race 2016

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The organisers claim that up to 300,000 spectators in London will line the four-and-a-quarter-mile Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race course from Putney to Mortlake on the afternoon of Sunday March 27 2016, with the historic boat race starting at 5.50pm. So where will you be? We've put together a list of prime location pubs along the route, all perfect for a pint while you spectate.

Crabtree

The Victorian gastropub will have a no-bookings barbecue and hog roast in its large garden, while live music will play all day.

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West London

Black Lion

While there's no grandstand this year, the Black Lion will still be setting up a heated marquee complete with a live band. Outside, they'll be serving up hot pies and food from the barbie, or there's a £25 Sunday roast from noon till 3pm (which has to be booked in advance) for those sitting indoors.

MIDWAY POINT

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West London

Blue Anchor

The ever-popular Blue Anchor pub will be hosting an outside bar and barbecue for those wanting a riverside view, whilst indoor screens will be showing all the action in case the rain arrives.

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Hammersmith

Dove

One of the most historic pubs on this list, it’s likely the first boat race in 1829 was watched from here. The pub is now run by the Fuller’s brewery and we can guarantee it will be standing room only.

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Hammersmith

Old Ship

This year, the Old Ship will be hosting their very first Boat Race Festival. Details so far include lots of beer, live music and fantastic riverside views of all the action. Find more information at oldshipw6.co.uk.

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West London

Rutland Arms

Like its neighbour Blue Anchor, the roomier Rutland Arms is well-placed and always very busy. Expect to find traditional pub food and a good view of the race, crowds permitting.

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Hammersmith

Boat Race in the Park Festival (Bishop’s Park and Furnivall Gardens)

Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Boat Race organisers will once again be holding two special free ‘Boat Race in the Park’ events at Bishop’s Park in Fulham and Furnivall Gardens in Hammersmith. Bishop’s Park will have a big screen, beer tents, food, family fun and live music.

Sat Apr 11. Bishop’s Park, SW6 6EA and Furnivall Gardens W6 9DH

Visit theboatraces.org for more information.

Star & Garter

With the starting line outside its front door, the Star & Garter always go big for the Boat Race. Along with TV and projectirs screening the race, three floors will host live bands and DJs, wo'll will be playing from midday through to the small hours of the evening. Entry is free all day.

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Putney

Duke's Head

As always, the Duke’s Head going to town with Boat Race festivities. There will be live music from 2pm, screenings of both (men's and women's) boat races, screening ofthe Grand Naction (which takes place on the same day) and then live DJs until late in the downstairs Rowing Club. Entry is free, but you are recommended to get there early.

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Putney

Bull's Head

A very short stroll from the river (and with excellent views), this renowned jazz pub will have live music until the start of the race.

OVER HALF WAY

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West London

Ye White Hart

Capacious and perfectly located, Ye White Hart pub are planning 'live music, food and fun'. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on their Twitter, @whitehartbarnes.

OVER HALF WAY

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South West London

Ship

This pub has a view of the finish line, and will be barbecuing burgers and hot dogs throughout the day and entertaining the crowds with a DJ throughout the evening.

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Mortlake

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John K
John K

Correction The race starts at 1650 as the two women's crews battle it out on the Tideway for the first time ever and beamed to the world by the BBC. Oh, an hour later the men follow suit