Where to watch the Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race

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The historic annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities will take place this Sunday 7 April in London, where thousands of spectators will gather by the River Thames to see which team takes home the Boat Race title and glory for 2019. 

The Boat Race has been running for 190 years and is a rowing race between crews from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge along a 4.2-mile tidal stretch of the River Thames in south-west London. 

The has become one of London’s largest, and greatest, sporting events, and will begin in Putney and finish in Mortlake. The women's race will start shortly after 2pm, and the men's race will start just after 3pm.

The riverside will be packed with people, so be sure to get there early to secure your spot. Better yet, book a table at one of Fuller’s pubs along the Boat Race route – not only will you get a great view of the race, you’ll also enjoy some of the best food and drink in the area. 

The boat race

The best pubs to watch the Boat Race from

If you’re wanting a great view with table service, including beers on-draught and restaurant-quality food, our top pub recommendations for the Boat Race are as follows: 

The Blue Boat, Hammersmith 

The Blue Boat in Hammersmith is right on the banks of the River Thames, making it the perfect spot to watch the Boat Race. Enjoy fresh, quality food and a premium selection of drinks while you catch the action from its spacious patio next to the water. Be sure to stay a little longer because it’s also a top spot to watch the sunset. 

The pub, in Hammersmith’s new Fulham Reach development, is just a short walk from Hammersmith tube station. Of course, you could always row there. Located on Distillery Wharf, Parr's Way, London, W6 9GD, visit The Blue Boat’s website for more information and to book your table.  

Watch the Boat Race from the Blue Boat pub in Hammersmith
The Blue Boat pub Hammersmith

The Dove, Hammersmith 

The Dove is a charming, traditional waterside pub right on the River Thames with beautiful, uninterrupted views of the river. The pub is known for serving delicious, fresh food, cask ales and all your favourite tipples. 

Just a few minutes’ walk from Hammersmith Bridge (towards Chiswick), situated in the Upper Mall alley, The Dove is an excellent choice for race day – but be sure to book your table to avoid disappointment. The Dove is located at 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA.

Visit The Dove’s website for more information or to book a table. 

Watch the Boat Race from The Dove pub Hammersmith
The Dove pub Hammersmith