Next Race 150th Boat Race, March 28th 6pm sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management
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Last updated 2 Nov 2003 - Low Graphics    

Use this page to find your way around the Start area, by Putney Bridge.

Find Your Way

This map shows the transport, pubs and landmarks of the Start area and access to riverside footpaths. Also please see The Middle Map and The Finish Map for details there and Walk The Course for a walk along the footpaths. You can find a list of all the pubs along the course within each section.

The course start map
Get to the Start

Get the train from Waterloo, Vauxhall or Clapham Junction to Putney station. The London Underground District Line runs to Putney Bridge Station.
Alternatively the 14 or 22 bus from Central London to Putney Bridge is available.

Crowds at start
The start always draws the crowds

Two or Four Mile Walks
From the railway station, tube station or bus stop at the Start, choose the the North (Middlesex) or South (Surrey) side of the river.

On the south side, follow the footpath to the University stone (the Start) and onwards to the Mile Post (that's a mile walk from the Start). Then either turn back to the Start for some lunch (another mile back - total about two miles), or keep going and cross Hammersmith Bridge for refreshments and viewing places on the north (Middlesex) side of the famous Surrey Bend. That is another mile walk and you'll have to walk back to Putney Bridge (total nearly four miles) if Hammersmith buses and tubes cannot get you home (please see Middle Map).

On the north bank - you might walk along Bishop's Park and behind Fulham football ground to the Crabtree pub where there is a good view of the boats passing the mile post. Then, as on the soith bank, you would have the option of striking out for Hammersmith and the bend, or returning to the Start area.

All bridges are closed while the boats pass beneath them.

Pubs at the start

1

O'neills at Putney Bridge

90-90a Fulham High Street, SW6 3LJ

Telephone

020 7384 3573

Food

Hot and cold food until 8pm

River View

No

TV

2 big screens plus 5 regular-sized televisions

Children

No

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

Cross Station Approach from Putney Bridge tube station, keep right and within a minute O'neills is in sight on the north or Middlesex bank with the Bridge to the left. Though you can't see the Race start from inside the pub, their array of TV screens should keep everyone up-to-date with what's happening on the river. "It's one of the busiest days of the year," is their comment on Race day, a frequent refrain on either side of the river. Singer-guitarist Andy Stone is the regular attraction on Saturday night.

2

Star & Garter

4 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1JN

Telephone

020 8788 0345

Food

Yes, all day Mediterranean-style menu till 10pm

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

Yes

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

A perfect setting on the Surrey or southern bank to watch the pre-Race build-up and then the "off". It's just past the University Stone which marks the start, about a metre high and painted orange on one side, easily obscured by the crowds on race day, but a precious item of Boat Race history. The atmosphere both inside and around the pub is described by staff as "phenomenal." The Function Room at the top offers a grandstand setting, with the cellar bar also opened for the day. But you'll be in the thick of the action with a regular vantage point in the main bar. The lesson of experience suggests that it's wise to arrive by 11am or earlier. Plans are also being considered for a live band.

3

Duke's Head

8 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1JN

Telephone

020 8788 2552

Food

Sandwiches and rolls throughout the day

River View

Yes

TV

Yes

Children

Yes

Bookings

No

Atmosphere

You don't need the lung power of Redgrave and Pinsent with Cracknell and Foster for good measure to reach the next potential stopping point: the "Duke's" is barely a minute's stroll from its neighbour on Surrey bank. "The longest working day of the year" is how staff recall previous Boat Races, but with 25 rather than the usual 6 for a normal weekend the customers should be well catered for. Viewing positions at the big bay window of the lounge bar are highly prized, so arrive in good time! A giant TV screen, courtesy of Race sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management and Race organisers P to M Ltd, will be on the far Middlesex bank.