The Boat Race - Oxford v Cambridge

On Saturday, March 24, The Cancer Research UK Boat Race takes place and over 250,000 people are expected to watch Oxford and Cambridge battle it out along the Thames in one of the biggest rowing race of the year.  One of the best places to view the mid course action is on the Hammersmith Bridge where you can view from around the Surrey Bend till they continue towards Chiswick Eyot and Barnes.

Race Times

The Women’s 73rd Boat Race 4.31pm

The 164th Men’s Boat Race 5.32pm


Where to drink 

There are many pubs where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat a short walk from the river away from the crowds.  Belushi’s will be showing all the action live on their large screen and offering a special deal on Pimms.  It will be busy, so contact the venue to reserve a table.

As well as showing the race on screen, The Ram will have live music and at The SwanThe Salutation, Latymers and The William Morris they’ll be plenty of beer, pub grub, and screens to watch all the live rowing action.

Boat Race Facts 

  • – This historical event was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856 (except during the First and Second World Wars)
  • – The race came about because two friends from Harrow School, Charles Wordsworth, of Christ Church College, Oxford, and Charles Merrivale of St. John’s, Cambridge, went rowing on the Cam, and the two school fellows decided to set up a challenge.
  • – The first Women’s race was held in 1927
  • – The Boat Race course, known as The Championship Course is 4 miles, 374 yards or 6.8 km long
  • – At 6ft 10in, American James Letten, who is rowing for Cambridge, is the tallest man to ever compete in The Men’s Boat Race