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Putney, the peaceful green hub of London’s riverside community

Putney, the peaceful green hub of London’s riverside community

Located South of the Thames, the quiet district of Putney is a hub for sporting excellence.

If we had to name the one district in London loving the Thames the most, we’d have to go with the South West London district of Putney.

Often seen as one of the capital’s posh parts, the district boasts many green spaces and a vibrant and engaged local community (no matter what’s on, they’ll all be there), a mere 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Central London.

The Prudential RideLondon always draws in crowds of spectators cheering on the riders.
The Prudential RideLondon always draws in crowds of spectators cheering on the riders.

Every day, the riverbank is bursting with life – from shops to restaurants to residential developments, it seems no one in this remarkably quiet part of London wants to loose sight of the river.

Sports play a big role in Putney: tennis, cricket and golf are popular among the well-heeled locals, as is rowing, through which Putney gained international fame, and the local sporting community is always keen to welcome new faces.

Throughout the year, Putney Embankment hosts some of the most famous rowing events in the world.
Throughout the year, Putney Embankment hosts some of the most famous rowing events in the world.

The abundance of boathouses – there are 20 clubs on Putney Embankment alone, catering to everyone from learn-to-row novice to international competitor – means Putney always holds the chance of meeting Olympic athletes.

Numerous times a year, people line the banks to watch some of the best-known races in the world, from the Oxford/Cambridge University Boat Races to the Women’s and Men’s Eights Head of the River Races marking the change of season.

Take a few steps away from the Thames’ murky waters to get and impression of Putney’s lively bars, pubs and restaurants – and not just on race day.

Always good for a pint with a view: the Star & Garter, looking out over the river.
Always good for a pint with a view: the Star & Garter, looking out over the river.

By day, locals and tourists nurse cups of coffee or pints in one of the many pubs or cafés – come night, a mix of students, young professionals and the ‘older generation’ take over bars and clubs.

Live-music and stand-up comedy drawing in crowds from beyond the area’s borders, while pub quizzes see teams go head-to-head in a less classic, but equally as competitive, sports – we recommend the quiz at The Jolly Gardeners.

Often described as 'Putney's best pub', the Jolly Gardeners' pub quiz is not to be missed.
Often described as ‘Putney’s best pub’, the Jolly Gardeners’ pub quiz is not to be missed.

Worn out by all the exercise and killing time before a pint, head down the high street and explore all the shops Putney has to offer, from small independent ones to the chains in Putney Exchange Shopping Centre.

On average, a flat costs £505,606 (€713,679.40, $788,826.13), with a detached house clocking in at an average of £ £2,685,481 (€3,790,644.24, $4,189,779.39); terraced houses reach an average of £969,395 (€1,368,332.74. $1,512,411.07).