1. The Dove

If you're after a shot of history with your tipple, soak this up: The Dove's famous punters included Charles II and poet James Thomson, plus it's likely that the first boat race was watched from here back in 1829. Pub facts aside, this Fullers boozer on Hammersmith Bridge's west bank also features a charming terrace that's ideal for boat race viewing.

For more info, visit dovehammersmith.co.uk

2. The Bull's Head

The Bull's Head has been waking up sleepy Barnes since the 1950s with its famous jazz, which has attracted the likes of Humphrey Lyttelton and Ronnie Scott. If you can't face all that pushing and shoving to nab a viewing spot outdoors, the pub will also be showing the race on its big screens, plus there's live music to set the tone before the event kicks off.

For more info, visit geronimo-inns.co.uk

3. The Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor will be opening up an outside bar and firing up a burger-sizzling barbecue so that boat race watchers can bask in the good ol' British sunshine. Hmm. If rain strikes, fear not – this much-loved pub is on the ball with its indoor screens, and you're within ten minutes' scurrying distance of the shelter of Hammersmith tube.

For more info, visit blueanchorlondon.com

4. The Duke's Head

This Putney pub's outdoor terrace boasts some great riverside views, or head inside to catch the start of the race in its Coxswain Dining Room. Once the race has finished, get your dance moves out (try not to scare anyone) and shimmy to live music until midnight, followed by resident Boat Race DJs.

For more info, visit dukesheadputney.com

5. The Star and Garter

Another Putney boozer, this one's as close to the start of the action as you're going to get. If you're team loses, we suggest getting the tequilas in and heading downstairs to the cellar bar, where a resident DJ will be on the decks until 1am.

For more info, visit thestarandgarter.com

6. The Old Ship W6

Celebrate the race with a bevvy in hand at this Hammersmith pub’s Boat Race Festival, which incorporates lots of beer, live music and fantastic riverside views of the action. Blink and you’ll probably miss the men’s and women’s teams go past, but hey, we’re only here for the beer, anyway.

For more info, visit oldshipw6.co.uk