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 2 2017, with The Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race starting at 4.35pm, and The Cancer Research UK Boat Race starting at 5.35pm. 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.
Boat Race pubs north of the river
Boat Race pubs south of the river
AT THE START
You can kick off the race here and stay long after it's over. The Boathouse has a sizeable terrace overlooking Putney Bridge, where they'll have a pop-up bar with a hot dog and pulled pork stand. Then once the race is over and a winner is crowned, this Putney pub will be celebrating with live music.
AT THE START
With the starting line outside its front door, the Star & Garter always goes big for the Boat Race. Along with TVs and projectors screening the race, live bands and DJs will play across three floors from 1pm until the small hours of the evening. Entry is free throughout the day.
OVER HALF WAY
A very short stroll from the river (and with excellent views), this renowned jazz pub will have live music after the race. During the main event, grab grub from the pub's barbecue and take it with your pints down to the riverside. If the weather is patchy, retreat to screens back inside.
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Asia de Cuba
The culinary focus at this good-looking dining spot at the St Martin's Lane Hotel is, mostly, a fusion of Chinese and Cuban flavours. It's a cuisine that was borne from Chinese migration to Cuba in the late 1850s, to work in the Cuban sugarcane fields. It's still going strong in Havana's Chinatown. The dinner menu here features dishes such as crispy wonton served with Spanish olives, currants, toasted coconut, almond and avocado ceviche, spring rolls filled with slow-braised short rib and sweet and sour chilli, chipotle-glazed tofu, and swordfish served with vegetable escabeche, yuca dumplings, bok choy, toasted garlic and a spicy shrimp coconut curry broth. Tasting menus, bottomless brunches, bento boxes and an Asian-influenced Sunday roast also feature.
Venue says: “From Havana to your living room, we now deliver your favourite chino-latino dishes straight from our Asia de Cuba kitchen to your home.”