Next Race 150th Boat Race, March 28th 6pm sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management
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Use this page to get around The Surrey Bend in the Middle of the course.

Round the Bend

This map shows the transport, pubs and landmarks of the Surrey Bend area in the Middle of the course and access to riverside footpaths. Also please see The Start Map and The Finish Map for details there and Walk The Course for a walk along the footpaths.

Middle of course map
Get to the Surrey Bend

There are the London Underground Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, or District Lines to Hammersmith.
Alternatively get the 9, 10, 27 or 209 bus.

You can also take the train from Waterloo to Barnes Bridge then walk downstream on the south side - but expect no pubs.

One or Three Mile Walk
Arrive early at Hammersmith and walk to the river to savour the atmosphere in the popular pubs on the riverbank. Watch Isis and Goldie go by in their race that starts at 1pm, then, if you feel like some exercise, cross the bridge and head off down towards the Finish (about 2 miles) - the Blue Boats are due there soon after 1.45pm. Alternatively stay on the north side and walk upstream to Chiswick Pier and beyond towards Barnes Bridge.

All bridges are closed while the boats pass beneath them.

Pubs along the Surrey bend

4

The Crabtree Tavern

Rainville Road, Fulham, W6 9HL

Telephone

020 7385 3929

Food

020 7385 3929

River View

No

TV

Yes

Children

Yes, to 9pm

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

Sport is a big factor in the life of many of its customers, since Fulham football club's Craven Cottage ground is within 10 minutes' stroll along the Thames path on the Middlesex bank towards Putney Bridge. A pub that has always been a focal part of the riverside community. During World War II a night raid left the "Crabtree" without windows and beer, but the regulars returned the next day to sup lemonade. Best viewing point as crews head for Hammersmith Bridge is outside since inside on Race day can be "chockablock." The latter expression is a reminder of the riverside trade, since a "chock" was originally a block of wood used to make fast barrels on a boat's deck!

5

The Blue Anchor

13 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9DJ

Telephone

Boat Race bar and barbecue

Food

Yes

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

Yes

Bookings

Yes for function room upstairs

Atmosphere

It's the busiest time of the year for this popular Hammersmith hostelry. Lower Mall is the home of British Rowing (the Amateur Rowing Association's headquarters are just up the road and Auriol Kensington Rowing Club's boathouse is next door). The upstairs function room is booked by Boat Race regulars every year and the bars downstairs are packed with regulars. The bars are full of rowing memorabilia including parts of a rowing eight.The composer Gustav Holst has more than one link with this stretch of the river. Apart from being musical director at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith and writer of "The Planets", he lived at Barnes Terrace in the early 1900s and composed his "Hammersmith Suite" in this pub.

6

The Rutland

15 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9DJ

Telephone

020 8748 5586

Food

Yes

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

No, over 21 only

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

One of the cluster of pubs on the Middlesex bank that provide sustenance on Race day. Plenty of burgers and chips will keep hunger at bay with plans for extra TVs to be installed. "Busiest day of the year" produces a unique atmosphere that staff say they don't need any gimmicks, it's the Boat Race from morning till closing time! Good venue to watch the crews head for Chiswick Eyot and Barnes Bridge. Especially for Boat Race night, the Rutland presents singer Dougie Rush who's coming down from Edinburgh for Friday and Saturday. A performer who does "everything," according to the management and continues the fine tradition of jazz and blues at the pub which is normally reserved for Friday night.

7

The Dove

19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA

Telephone

020 8748 5405

Food

Yes

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

No

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

Another of the pubs in a prime position on the Middlesex or northern bank as the Race passes Hammersmith Pier. James Thomson, a Scottish poet, composed the words to "Rule Britannia" in one of the upstairs rooms. Dating back to the 17th century, it's reputed to have been a meeting place for Charles II and Nell Gwynne on their romantic trysts. Burgers, chicken and snacks will be the fare on Race day. "Incredibly busy, can't move," are among the recollections of last year. No less an authority than the Guinness Book of Records states that the pub has the smallest public bar in England. At 3.12 square metres, that's going to be an especially tight fit on Boat Race day!

8

The Black Lion

2 South Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, W6 9TJ

Telephone

020 8748 2639

Food

Barbecue and outside bar on Boat Race day

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

Yes

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

There are big plans for Race day including barbecue and outside bar. Seating outside has been increased drastically from 30 to 200. Fear not if there's a chill in the air, special heaters have been installed in the arena. Spectators on this Middlesex bank can cheer on the crews as they approach Chiswick Eyot, whose willow trees were once cut to make fishing baskets. Commerce and the river have long been in partnership.

9

The Old Ship

25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TD

Telephone

020 8748 2593

Food

Yes including barbecue

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

Yes

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

"Unbelievable atmosphere" on Race day with a barbecue and big screen television outside. The pace doesn't slacken from around 10am - if granted fine weather - till closing time. There's a chance of glimpsing VIPS and media figures, upstairs is open to all. A marquee and music will be among the entertainments.