Where to watch the Boat Race
Beat the crowds and find the best spot to watch the Boat Race 2014
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 April 6 2014, starting at 5.55pm. 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.
Pubs and restaurants north of the river
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. From noon.
- Stevenage Rd, SW6 6ER
The Victorian gastropub will have a no-bookings barbecue and hog roast in the large garden. Bookings are taken for the dining room or terrace, and are advised well in advance.
- Rainville Road, W6 9HA. Puntey Bridge tube. (020 7385 3929)
With one of the best spots on the banks of the Thames for watching the race at Hammersmith, this arts centre also has a restaurant and bar with a great terrace to watch the race go by. They will be having a barbecue on the day.
- Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. Hammersmith tube. (020 8237 1009)
This year the ever-popular Blue Anchor pub will be bringing a South African twist to their barbecue, with braii-style boerewors sausages.
- 13 Lower Mall, W6 9DJ. (020 8748 5774)
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.
- 15 Lower Mall, W6 9DJ. Hammersmith tube. (020 8748 5586).
Open on race day from 9am until midnight, the Old Ship will be serving food from the barbecue, with shelter provided by a marquee. There’s even access to a strip of land right on the bank of the Thames. Prefer to live it up? You can book VIP tickets for their upstairs space: £90 buys you a three-course lunch, a glass of Champagne, and views from the balcony.
- 25 Upper Mall, W6 9TD
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 will be serving pub food in takeaway boxes to either eat in or takeaway – it will be standing room only.
- 19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA. Hammersmith or Ravenscourt Park tube. (020 8748 9474).
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.
- 2 South Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, W6 9TJ. Ravenscourt Park tube. (020 8748 2639).