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14:23 76th WOMEN'S BOAT RACE



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Here is your guide to watching The Gemini Boat Race 2022. It's our first time back in London for two years and it is set to be a great day by the river. Read more below to find out how ensure that you bag the best spot!

The Gemini Boat Race 2022 is free to watch. There are plenty of great vantage points to see all the action from. You can enjoy the big screens from our Fan Parks at Bishops Park and Furnivall Gardens or take in the views from a riverside pub.

Road closures:

Putney Embankment in its entirety from 10:00 until 19:00 – closed to vehicles
Thames Bank in its entirety from 10:00 until 20:00 – closed to vehicles

Hammersmith and Fulham Council have taken the decision to close Hammersmith Bridge from 10:00 - 17:00 on 3 April.

You can read more about their decision here.

Putney is the location of the start of The Boat Race with the crews based in Boathouses along Putney Embankment in the lead up to the event.

On Boat Race Day, Putney Embankment and surrounding roads will be closed to traffic.

In the morning, you can also watch 'The Coin Toss' . This is when the Presidents of Oxford and Cambridge toss a coin to decide which side of the river, known as a 'station', the crews will start on. The winner of the toss gets to choose from the Surrey Station which is the south bank or the Middlesex Station which is the north bank.

The crews launch their boats from the boathouses along Putney Embankment, they will warm up in the direction towards the centre of London before rowing back to start in line with the University Stone, which is located along Putney Embankment.

There are good vantage points along the tow paths on either side of the river in Putney to watch the race from as well as plenty of shops, cafes and bars to visit.


Hammersmith is an artsy riverside area in West London. It is home to eclectic productions at the Lyric Theatre and rock shows at the Apollo Concert Hall. Busy shops and cafes line King Street and fill the Kings Mall, while trendy gastropubs contrast with historic drinking dens like the Dove.

Leafy walking trails wind along the River Thames, which is spanned by the landmark Hammersmith Bridge.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council have taken the decision to close Hammersmith Bridge to all traffic including pedestrians and spectators on 3 April. You can read more about their decision here.


Barnes is a 'London Village' on the south side of the river and . It is great for a stroll whilst discovering excellent local restaurants and boutiques, as well as a local grocers, delis, a bookshop and some fine pubs.

The crews will pass under Barnes Bridge without about three minutes of racing to go before the finish.

Barnes is not on the London Underground network but it is served by two National Rail stations, both of which are in London's Travelcard Zone 3, and give fans easy access to the river:

Barnes railway station
Barnes Bridge railway station


Mortlake marks the finish of The Boat Race and will be a welcome sight for the crews on 3 April. The finish is just below Chiswick Bridge, in line with the University Finish Post.

Access to the river is possible on both sides as there are paths running along the river, but remember, bring your wellies or waterproof boots as it can be very wet!

The crews will row under Chiswick Bridge and will come to land on the Middlesex side or north side of the river. The finish area at Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club and Quintin Boat Club is closed to the public and only accessible with event accreditation.

There is a railway station in Mortlake, which is within easy walking distance of the River Thames.

Please Note:
Thames Bank is closed to vehicles