This Easter will witness one of the oldest London contests at the Oxford vs. Cambridge London Boat race. Crowds having been flocking to the banks of the River Thames to watch the yearly encounter between the best rowers of Cambridge and Oxford Universities for 160 years. Join them this year and thrill in the excitement of the short but furious four-and-a-quarter mile dash from Putney to Mortlake. The race starts close to Putney Bridge and finishes just before Chiswick Bridge. A University Stone placed into the riverbank marks the starting point and a corresponding stone marks the finish.
Pack a picnic lunch and for the best view head for the towpath along Putney embankment. Enjoy the fresh air and atmosphere from the riverbanks or from one of the many pubs and restaurants in the area. Don’t get too close to the waters edge as you are likely to get a soaking from the armada of follow vessels. Since its inception by two friends in 1829, the contest has favoured Cambridge with an 81 to 77 lead. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to cheer on your favourite team in the 2014 London Boat race.
Where: On the banks of The Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake
When: April 6th 2014
Who: The whole family