Row, Row, Row your Boat…


This coming Saturday sees the annual University Boat Races between Oxford and Cambridge and the first women’s race on the Tideway, and Young’s pubs are running events up and down the Thames in celebration – fingers crossed the weather will be as fantastic as this Easter Monday!


South London Blog had the pleasure of going along to the Young’s Burns Night celebrations at the Cutty Sark back in January – which was a night packed with tasty Scottish-themed food, traditional bagpiping and poetry readings, and a raucous atmosphere. So if you fancy an oarsome time this weekend (excuse the pun!), choose your university colours and head down to one of these establishments that will guarantee you one of the best seats on the river to soak up the excitement of race day.

The Old Ship, W6 – Sitting north (I know!) on the river-bank at Hammersmith, enjoy unrivalled views with food, drink and live music from midday. The Pimm’s & Bubbles bar, Sipsmith gin station and beer tent selling beers by the bucket will keep you well stocked throughout the races.

White Hart, SW13 – Enjoy a three-course meal for £60pp taking in a prime viewing spot on the private balcony in Barnes. Alternatively, watch the races from the riverbank and grab a pint and a burger from the outside BBQ, before the DJs take to the decks and take you into the evening.

Grandstand view of the race at White Hart

Grandstand view of the race at White Hart, weather not guaranteed!


The Dukeshead and The Boathouse, SW15 – Take your spot at the start of the University races in Putney. DJ’s will be providing the soundtrack at the Dukeshead from noon until midnight. The aptly named Boathouse pub just by Putney Bridge is also taking reservations for three-course meals, as well as having a pop-up beer tent and food stalls (pulled pork and Cumberland hot dogs anyone?), with live music throughout.

The race runs between Putney and Mortlake, cheer off the teams from the comfort of the Boathouse

The race runs between Putney and Mortlake – cheer off the teams from the comfort of the Boathouse balcony


To make a reservation or to simply find out a bit more about what’s going on, make sure you check out the below websites.

Start times: Women’s Race 4.50pm   Men’s Race 5.50pm




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