The Boat Race - CHS Rentals
The Boat Race
by Gill Chris

April 11, The Boat Race

The Boat Race is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities. This world famous sporting event was first held in 1829 and is as British a sporting occasion as you will ever see as the two university crews battle it out to the roars of the crowds lining the river banks. The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world; this year will be the 161st contest.  Cambridge lead the series with 81 victories to Oxford’s 79, with one dead-heat in 1877.

The Boat Race is one of the biggest free sporting events in London. See it from one of the many vantage points along the riverbank such as Putney, Hammersmith, Barnes or Chiswick.

The event is broadcast live on big screens in Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith.  In the UK, the Races are shown live on BBC1.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay when visiting London for the Boat Race, these properties are all within walking distance of the Thames and the Boat Race course:  BKV, BSH, PRX, RTV2, LAT and TMR .

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