Putney is synonymous with rowing and is recognised as one of the most famous hubs for the sport, both in the UK and internationally. Most notably, Putney is known as the home of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Races – one of the oldest sporting events in the world, dating back to 1829 and 1927 respectively, with the men’s race moving from Henley on Thames to the Tideway in 1836 and the women’s race making history in 2015 when it too moved to the Tideway. In 2022, the Boat Race returns to its home in Putney and we welcome you to come along and watch the start of the race from Putney Embankment.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Scenic view of the Cambridge University Boat Club Blue Boat during a training session during The Boat Race Tideway Week on April 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The embankment in Putney houses some of the UK’s top rowing clubs including London RC, founded in 1856, and Thames RC, founded in 1860. In turn, these rowing clubs have trained and nurtured many World Champions and Olympians throughout the years.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Putney has become the destination location for novice, elite and veteran rowers alike, creating a buzzing community and a riverside inspired lifestyle for many in the area. 

The bustling boathouses play a pivotal role in the local community and are often open from sunrise ‘til late, offering training facilities, social activities, hospitality and events and, for many, the dream waterside venue for tying the knot!

In Spring, Putney embankment blooms with the buzz of Head Races when hundreds of competitors from around the country and Europe compete along a 6.8km (4.25 miles) stretch of the Thames. And, of course, on Boat Race Day the riverbanks swell full of spectators, spilling into local pubs and restaurants, creating a brilliant party atmosphere here in Putney, at the heart of rowing.

Dates for the diary:

Saturday 12 March – Women’s Eights Head of the River – 11.30am start
Monday 14 March – School’s Head of the River – 1.30pm start
Saturday 26 March- Head of the River Race – 10am start
Sunday 27 March – Vesta Veteran’s International Eights Head of the River
12.30pm start
Note: Head race start times are provisional and may vary slightly due to tide times. The races finish in Putney.

Sunday 3rd April
The Women’s Boat Race – 2.23pm start
Reserve Women’s Race – 2.43pm start
Men’s Reserve Race – 3.03pm start
The Men’s Boat Race – 3:23pm start

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