River bank events start at 12pm.
Women's Boat Race: 2.15pm
Men's Boat Race: 3.15pm
Free to spectate
About the event
The world famous sporting event between Oxford and Cambridge was first held in 1829. The 4¼ mile Thames course from Putney to Mortlake is over three times as long as the Olympic course.
First raced in 1829 and 1927 respectively, the boat races are amongst the oldest sporting events in the world. April 2019 will see the running of the 165th Boat Race and 74th Women's Boat Race, both now taking place on the Championship Course.
Watched by thousands along the banks of the Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London, and by millions more on TV around the world, boat races are a unique sporting event. With four very strong squads of athletes, expect to see great races this year.
Enjoy the festival atmosphere of the boat race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish).
There are large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. The parks will also feature food outlets, beer stands and merchandising stalls.