Use coach hire to beat the crowds to the annual University Boat Race.
The world-renowned race between Oxford and Cambridge University rowing clubs was first run in 1829 and has been held annually, in its current form, since 1859, with the exception of the war years. It pits the finest rowers, drawn from all of the numerous colleges of Englandâ??s finest universities in a 4 miles and 374 yard sprint from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge along the River Thames in south-west London.
The Cambridge team, wearing light blue, are currently only a few wins ahead of Oxford, wearing dark blue, after 157 races. There has only ever been one dead-heat in the entire history of the event.
Both banks of the river in Putney, Fulham, Hammersmith, Barnes, Chiswick and Mortlake are lined with people, watching the blue boats do battle. So many people attend, in fact, that a festival atmosphere has developed around the event. It has become such an institution of British society that the name has even been incorporated into Cockney rhyming slang. Despite numerous similar events existing, just saying â??the boat raceâ?? can only mean one event.