Oxford Cambridge Boat Race

The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Crews is one of the oldest sporting events.

No ticket is needed — just turn up* and join the thousands who watch from the banks of The Tideway. The 17-20 minute race starts at Putney and ends at Chiswick Bridge. While you can watch from the bank (which has the convenience of food and drink), it is exciting to watch from the middle of Putney, Hammersmith or Chiswick bridges as the teams head to the finish.

Two places near Hammersmith Bridge to get a bite before or after the race:

  • Hampshire Hog — This gastropub in West London reminded me of being at a laid back state-side West Coast eatery. In addition to ‘seasonally sourced, responsible food’, they have different light, airy spaces intended for you to feel at home. They serve food all-day with breakfast and brunch starting at 8 am on weekdays and 9 am on the weekends. A rare find!
  • www.thehampshirehog.com+44 2087 483391
    227 King Street, Ravenscourt Park, W6 9JT
  • Sagar — We enjoyed indli (steamed dumplings with chutney) and masala dosa (large rice and lentil pancake filled with vegetables) at this small South Indian vegetarian restaurant. With reasonable prices and fast service, their location across the street from the Apollo Theatre is an affordable, pre-theatre alternative.
  • www.sagarveg.co.uk+44 2087 418563
    157 King Street Hammersmith, London, W69JT
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