The inaugral University Boat Race was held in 1829, making it one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world.
The best place to watch is from one of the many riverside pubs. The race begins just in front of Putney Bridge, on the Fulham side. (This is known as the 'Middlesex' side. The south side is called the 'Surrey' side.) The closest tube station is Putney Bridge.
Putney Embankment and Bishops Park will give you a great view of the starting section. Bishops Park usually put up some food stalls, family attractions and a beer tent behind the South Stand of Craven Cottage. They might also have a big TV, so you can catch the rest of the race (they usually do).
Hammersmith Bridge marks the midway point (about 6 mins 20 secs after the start), and the bend of the river will really start to favour one side over the other. If your side is leading at Hammersmith then the chances are they will go on to win. They usually put a big TV up on the north bank (at the top of the bend). The closest tube stations are Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park.
Barnes Bridge is a great place to see them nearing the end, whilst Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge will let you view the finish.
The race comes to an end just before Chiswick Bridge.
The current record is 16 mins and 19 seconds, set by Cambridge in 1998.
The Virgin London Marathon 2019 – 28 Apr 2019 – The London Marathon is one of the premier marathons in the world and covers a twenty-six mile stretch from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace.
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans