Head of the River Race  

 
 
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, Between Fulham and Putney, Hammersmith and Fulham, London SW6 3JD
 
 
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Head of the River RaceThe Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport. It is also a particularly nice stretch of the river, so even if you are not that excited by rowing, this is a really nice spot to enjoy a walk or a pint and watch the boats glide past - hopefully the tides will dictate that the race coincides nicely with an early pub lunch, but you'll have to book early if you want a seat that faces the river.

 

About Putney Bridge

Fine grade II listed stone bridge, opened in 1886, joining Fulham on the north side of the Thames to Putney on the south. Putney Bridge is famous as the start of the annual Varsity Boat Race. It also marks the finish of the annual Head of the River Race. More about Putney Bridge

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Underground Stations

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Putney Bridge Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Parsons Green Tube Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Imperial Wharf Station
 
25 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Lodge Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
52-54 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 | 14 minutes from Head of the River Race
Located in west London's attractive Putney area, the Lodge Hotel offers a superior standard of accommodation, with rooms divided into three categories: standard, executive and luxury. ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £41  36% off
Smuggler's Way, SW18 | 19 minutes from Head of the River Race
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Chelsea
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  41% off
Imperial Road, SW6 | 26 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 24th February 2019 - 1pm
Head of the River Race, 93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 | 6 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 27th February 2019 - 8pm
Head of the River Race, 93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 | 6 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Thursday 28th February 2019 - 8pm
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93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 | 6 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Putney Arts Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Ravenna Road, SW15 | 11 minutes from Head of the River Race
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606 Club
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
90 Lots Road, SW10 | 31 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Fulham Palace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
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Museum Of Fulham Palace
London > Attractions > Museums
Bishop's Avenue, SW6 | 6 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
735 Fulham Road, SW6 | 16 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Circa Vintage Clothes
London > Shopping > Clothing
64 Fulham High Street, SW6 | 6 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Shopping > Specialists
Bishops Park Tennis Centre, Bishops Avenue, SW6 | 8 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
612 Fulham Road, SW6 | 16 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Caparossa
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
3B The Piazza, 30 Brewhouse Lane, SW15 | 2 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Restaurants > French restaurants
30 Brewhouse Lane, Putney Wharf, SW15 | 3 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
50-54 High Street, Putney, SW15 | 3 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 | 2.1 miles from Head of the River Race
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London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 2.5 miles from Head of the River Race
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London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 32 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Bishop's Avenue, SW6 | 7 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Leisure > Activities
Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 | 10 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Stevenage Road, SW6 | 12 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Boathouse
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Brewhouse Street, SW15 | 3 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Duke's Head
London > Nightlife > Pubs
8 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 | 4 minutes from Head of the River Race
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The Coat & Badge
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8 Lacy Road, Putney, SW15 | 5 minutes from Head of the River Race
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12 Putney High Street, SW15 | 2 minutes from Head of the River Race
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London > Nightlife > Bars
2-8 Dawes Road, Fulham, London SW6 | 22 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Below The Cut
London > Nightlife > Bars
461 North End Road, SW6 | 22 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Olympia London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 | 2.1 miles from Head of the River Race
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Chelsea Football Club and Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Stamford Bridge Ground Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 | 27 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Earls Court Conference and Exhibition Centre
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Warwick Road, Earls Court, London SW5 | 33 minutes from Head of the River Race
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Putney Bridge events

 
Head of the River RaceHead of the River RaceHead of the River RaceThe Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport2019-03-30T00:00:00+00002019-03-30T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Putney Bridge,   Between Fulham and Putney      SW6 3JD
Category: event
Free Event 

event > Sporting Events > Other Sports - Rowing | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Saturday 30th March 2019
VENUE  Putney Bridge 
The Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport... More about this event
 
Oxford v Cambridge Boat RacesOxford v Cambridge Boat RacesOxford v Cambridge Boat RacesOne of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting 4.2 mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Mortlake Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford battle against Cambridge. For spectators, there's a great vi2019-04-07T00:00:00+01002019-04-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Putney Bridge,   Between Fulham and Putney      SW6 3JD
Category: event
Free Event 

event > Kids Events | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Sunday 7th April 2019
VENUE  Putney Bridge 
One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting 4.2 mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Mortlake Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford battle against Cambridge. For spectators, there's a great vi... More about this event
 
The Boat RaceThe Boat RaceThe women's and men's crews of Oxford and Cambridge line-do battle.2019-04-07T14:15:00+01002019-04-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Putney Bridge,   Between Fulham and Putney      SW6 3JD
Category: event
Free Event 
The Boat Race
 
 

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