Best pubs and bars showing the boat race 2018
Looking for a pub to use as a base for the day as you enjoy the thrilling excitement of the ancient aquatic battle between Oxford and Cambridge University? We've hand picked a number of the best pubs along the route of the Boat Race, that are slightly off the beaten track, but are close enough to the water meaning you can settle in for the day, shoot out to see the boats go past and get back in to watch the finale on the TV with a delicious pint in hand.
Pubs & Bars
An absolute classic in the heart of Fulham. Every year, they host a festival for the race, and it is certainly not to be missed. Foodstalls, great drinks on offer, and the best atmosphere in town. Get down to the Crabtree for the race!
The Cross Keys
Again, a great place for watching the whole race unfold with quick access to the river if you want to see the crews flash past near the half way point. Widely regarded as James May's favourite pub (which we understand may simply turn some people away before they've arrived), the Cross Keys is full of charm and character with a lovely beer garden in which to enjoy the early evening spring sunshine once the race is won and the battle is over.
Now established as Putney's biggest and best sports pub, The Temperance is the ideal place to bed in and watch the race onfold on the big screen. With the start line just a stone's throw away, you can rinse and repeat the advice above concerning the Swift - Middlesex style.