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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CUT at 45 Park Lane
This swanky steakhouse at the five-star 45 Park Lane hotel comes from Wolfgang Puck, a US celeb chef who found fame with A-list haunt Spago in Beverly Hills, before cementing it with regular stints on US television. This, his first London foray, opened to much fanfare back in 2011. It's certainly an expensively-decorated room, with a dozen Damien Hirst pieces, acres of pale marble and soundproof floor-to-ceiling glass shielding diners from the Park Lane traffic outside. The food is focused on American steakhouse staples. That means USDA prime cuts alongside Australian beef from Darling Downs in Queensland and A5 Japanese wagyu Kagoshima beef from Japan. South Devon Angus features, too. Elsewhere the menu offers dishes such as steak tartar, maple-glazed pork belly with Asian spices and grilled jumbo prawns with toasted chilli oil, soy, garlic, ginger, sesame and coriander. Expect a bulbous wine list, too.
Venue says: “Indulge in a leisurely Sunday brunch in the sophisticated setting of CUT at 45 Park Lane, accompanied by live music.”