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This year, the race takes place on Saturday 30th March from 11:30am (provisional). So, if you’re heading down this coming weekend, you’ll want to make sure you pick a good spot to watch the race from. It’s not easy to get from the start and finish point, so consider a spot that allows you to see the crew you are supporting at the right time.
To help you find your perfect spot, we’ve put together a list of some of the best views as recommended by The Head of the River Race, as well as the best restaurants and pubs to watch from. Below are the two recommended viewing spots from HoRR:
If you’re looking for a spot near the start of the race, head to Thames Bank and Mortlake High Street. If you’d rather be in a more relaxing spot, there are a number of pubs and restaurants to watch from here.
The Ship – Pub
Located on the Thames Bank, The Ship is an 18th century river pub overlooking the HoRR start line with a patio and beer garden. Perfect for enjoying great pub food and refreshing drinks whilst watching the race, you’ll want to secure your spot early on to get the best seats in the pub.
Rick Stein, Barnes – Seafood Restaurant
If you would like a more sophisticated viewing spot, the Rick Stein resturant is the place to be. Serving fresh seafood and cocktails, it’s a wonderful London lunch spot. Keep in mind they open at 12pm, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any crews you want to see setting off between 11.30 and 12pm. Though there is no outside space, there are floor to ceiling views of river to view the race through. Just ensure you book in advance to secure a good table facing the window.
The White Hart, Barnes – Pub
Another great spot to watch the first few minutes of the race, the White Hart offers riverside drinks and food in country-style surroundings. For the best views, make sure to book a table in the ground floor Canon bar.
Head to Hammersmith along Lower Mall and the bridge for the best views of the midway point. There are many pubs along the bank here to choose from, including:
Old City Arms – Pub
Just minutes away, if you’re planning on viewing the race from Hammersmith Bridge, the Old City Arms is a popular pub with outdoor seating to retire to once you’re tired of cheering from the bridge.
The Rutland Arms - Pub
Another riverside pub serving delicious burgers, fish and chips and summery tipples throughout the race, The Rutland Arms pub offers views of the crews heading towards the Hammersmith Bridge.
Thai Square – Restaurant
Located on the Putney Embankment, Thai Square is a Thai resturant offering views over the Thames and finish line from its upstairs bar. Shaped like an Ocean Liner, the restaurant serves fresh, authentic Thai dishes with ingredients flown direct from Thailand. What better way to end the race?
The Duke’s Head
A bar with great views throughout, The Duke’s Head offers vintage style cooking and crystal-clear views from its cellar bar, main bar and restaurant. This means you’ll be sure to catch those crossing the finish line. Because of its great views, it’s a popular spot, so make sure you claim your place early on if you like to enjoy a tipple whilst watching the race.
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