The 2017 Boat Race will take place on Sunday April 2, when you can watch crews from Oxford and Cambridge go head-to-head in eight-oared rowing boats across the Thames. The women's race is up first at 4.35pm, followed by the men's race an hour later at 5.35pm.
The traditional rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge began in 1829 for chaps and 1927 for ladies, and it now attracts around 250,000 spectators to south-west London every year. The four-and-a-quarter mile course runs along the Thames from Putney Bridge to Mortlake and takes around 16 to 18 minutes (Cambridge holds the course record of 16 minutes 19 seconds, set in 1998).
The key tube stations for spectators to use are Putney Bridge, Hammersmith and Kew Gardens, or use Putney, Barnes Bridge, Mortlake or Chiswick rail stations.
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The annual Boat Race is ne of the Thames' greatest sporting traditions and a wonderful excuse to spend the day by the river! One of the best places to view the race is at Chiswick Pier (Lodnon W4 2UG) where you can get a really close view of the boats as they near the finishing post by Chiswick Bridge. Every year Chiswick Pier hold a party for spectators (usually starting at 2pm) with BBQ, beer and live music - plus a large screen TV so you can watch the start and the finish of the race too! Highly recommended!