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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This Chinese restaurant is right by Earl's Court station and comes from the same team behind Sichuan Folk, over on Hanbury Street, in Spitalfields. As the name more than suggests, the focus at both is on the food of the Sichuan province. That means dishes such as pork belly slices in garlic sauce, preserved eggs Sichuan style, beef strips with black pepper, pork slivers with garlic sprouts, kung pao chicken, boiled fish in chilli oil and 'ants climbing a tree' – a classic Sichuan dish of ground pork served with bean thread noodles. Lunch specials also feature.
Venue says: “Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine from our laid-back yet sophisticated premises. We are a hotspot for foodies and spice-lovers alike.”