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Where to Watch the Boat Race

There may not be a repeat of the drama of last year's race, which featured a broken oar, a near decapitation of a stray swimmer and a collapsed rower at the end, but the 159th Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race* is taking place on Easter Sunday this year -- 31 March.

One of the capital's longest-established sporting events, this annual contest sees hundreds of thousands of spectators line the banks of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake in southwest London to cheer on the teams over the 4.25-mile route. It gets pretty busy, so get there early to claim your spot -- anywhere along the river is fair game. It starts at 4:30pm.

There are viewing hotspots around Putney Bridge (take the District Line to East Putney or Putney Bridge), by Craven Cottage (Fulham FC’s stadium), which is about a 20-minute walk from Putney Bridge, through Bishop's Park. Mid-course, you can head to Hammersmith (District/Piccadilly Lines, buses 9, 10, 27, 211 from central London), Ravenscourt Park (Piccadilly Line) or Barnes Bridge (on the Overground). The finish line is just before Chiswick Bridge (take the train to Mortlake overground, or take the 209/419 bus from Hammersmith) and they're usually there in just over 17 minutes.

For more information about the race, click here.

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*It’s officially called the BNY Mellon Boat Race, but that really doesn't have the same ring to it.

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