Where to watch the Boat Race

Beat the crowds and find the best spot to watch the Boat Race 2014



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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 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.

  1. Pubs north of the river
  2. Pubs south of the river

Pubs and restaurants south of the river

Thai Square

This well-located riverside restaurant next to Putney Bridge has good views from the first floor – though its already exclusively booked for the event. But the ground floor will still be open as a bar to the public.

  1. 2-4 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1LB. Putney Bridge tube. (020 8780 1811).
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Star & Garter

Festivities at this riverside pub will kick off from noon, with a sit-down lunch served inside (until 2pm), or BBQ food offered all day outside. After the race is over, there'll be live music and DJs until the small hours.

  1. 4 Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1NJ. Putney Bridge tube. (020 8788 0345).
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Duke's Head

The Duke’s Head is gearing up for a mini fest, with a burger BBQ, four bands and two live DJs, so you can keep partying after the end of the race. Entry is free, but you are recommended to get there early.

  1. 8 Lower Richmond Rd, SW15 1JN
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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.

  1. 373 Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9PY. Barnes Bridge rail. (020 8876 5241)
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Ye White Hart

Capacious and perfectly located, Ye White Hart pub will be having a live band and barbecue (costing around £6-£8 per serving).

  1. The Terrace, (Riverside), SW13 0NR. Barnes Bridge rail. (020 8876 5177).
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This pub has a view of the finish line, and will be barbecuing burgers and hot dogs throughout the day.

  1. 10 Thames Bank, (Ship Lane), SW14 7QR. Mortlake rail. (020 8876 1439).
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  1. Pubs north of the river
  2. Pubs south of the river

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