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Thames Rowing Club
Located on the Embankment at Putney, the Victorian clubhouse offers unparalleled views upstream towards Hammersmith and downstream to Putney Bridge, the historic start of the Boat Race. The walls are adorned with portraits, Henley medals and memorabilia of triumphs present and past.
The entertaining space is very versatile with three distinct areas. The club has recently added a new entrance, with a disabled lift leading directly into the function hallway. The Great Hall and the Bar have floor to ceiling bi-fold glass doors and full height bi-fold windows which open directly onto our large private open air balcony overlooking the Thames. The Fairbairn Room is an intimate quiet space adjacent to the Great Hall and off the Bar area, with its own wonderful view of the Thames and lends itself to smaller events.
Thames Rowing Club holds a wedding licence which can be used in conjunction with the reception or for the ceremony alone.
Thames Rowing Club is one of the country’s oldest and most successful amateur rowing clubs. The club was formed in 1860 for the purpose of “organised pleasure or exercise rowing”, although the club’s focus soon shifted to competition. Thames’ rowers and scullers have at some time in its history won nearly every national and international prize of note, and the Club has led in the development of the sport of rowing.
Over the past 25 years, Thames has returned to prominence in men’s rowing. Steady improvement from the late 1990s onwards culminated in an emphatic and highly emotional win in the Wyfold Challenge Cup for club coxless fours at Henley Royal Regatta in 2003 – the first Thames win at Henley in 47 years, and 133 years after Thames first came to prominence by winning the very same trophy.
Finals appearances in the Wyfold and the Britannia Challenge Cup followed in 2005 and the club took another Wyfold win in 2006. From 2010, the focus moved to the quest to win the Thames Challenge Cup for club eights. It was back in 1934 that Thames last won the event, and both 1988 and 2001 had seen the club lose in the final. The frustration was to continue, with losses in the semi-finals in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and in the final in 2012.
Finally in 2015, coach Ben Lewis (in his second year at the club) took the men through a superb season. At the Head of the River Race, the first eight won the Vernon Trophy, for the fastest Tideway club, for the first time since the 1960s. The club also won the Intermediate 3 and Novice pennants.
Since the founding of Henley Women’s Regatta in 1987, the Club has won there over 50 times. At Henley Royal Regatta, alongside many wins in composite crews, Thames won the highly competitive Remenham Challenge Cup for women’s eights outright in 2005. Recent wins include the Head of the River Race in 2012, senior coxed fours at Henley Women’s in 2015 and intermediate club eights at Henley Women’s in 2010 and 2014.
Thames women also represent their country regularly at the annual Home International Regatta.
|The Great Hall||150 seated, 350 standing|
|The Bar||150 standing|
|The Fairbairn Room||20-30 seated|