Welcome to Putney

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Famous as the start of the annual University Boat Race, Putney is an affluent suburb in leafy South West London. Characterised by handsome architecture, a thriving shopping centre and with plenty of parks it manages to retain a small town feel and charm of its own.

Living in Putney

With great transport links, a lively café culture, excellent leisure facilities and a superb range of architecture, Putney attracts everyone from students, and young professionals to families and couples downsizing. Its fantastic riverside setting further adds to its appeal.

Top five Putney features

  1. The rowing clubs – more than 20 rowing clubs have their homes on the riverside in Putney and these clubs have trained several Olympic champions.
  2. Good transport links into London with overland and underground services.
  3. The riverside setting – enjoy walking, bike rides and running along the Thames Path or relax at one of the riverside bars and watch the boats and rowers.
  4. Putney is in Wandsworth borough which has the cheapest council tax in the country.
  5. Outstanding primary schools attract families.

 The best of Putney

  • Great shopping along Putney High Street and inside Putney Exchange shopping Centre – open seven days a week, for a mixture of high street shops, independent boutiques and coffee shops.
  • Hair salon, Sean Hanna on Putney High Street, has been praised by Elle magazine and the Evening Standard.
  • Putney Arts Theatre - home to two resident theatre groups both of which perform a wide range of plays, readings and musicals throughout the year. In addition, many other theatre companies and local groups regularly stage shows here.
  • Just east of Putney along the Wandsworth Bridge Road, the Wandsworth Museum - houses exhibitions and objects that tell the story of the region known today as the Borough of Wandsworth from 25,000 years ago to the present day. Walk through the centuries and uncover how lives were lived in the past.
  • Fulham Palace Museum – just over Putney Bridge – an intriguing museum that interprets the site’s history and has a café-bar within a graceful drawing room which overlooks the extensive botanical gardens plus an elegant gallery where you can see contemporary, Palace-inspired art.
  • London’s Wetland Centre - the best urban wildlife site in Europe is in neighbouring Barnes. Located next to the Thames it is close to the heart of the capital yet, as noted by The Times, “When you enter, you leave London behind.” Spot wildlife such as kingfishers and bitterns and explore attractions that include a ‘bird airport’ observatory, bat house and adventure playground.
  • Enjoy the Thames Path eight mile route from Putney to Richmond - parallels the route of the Boat Race from Putney to Chiswick, continuing on to Richmond passing the Wetland Centre and under Hammersmith Bridge into Barnes, then on to Kew, passing the Royal Botanical Gardens on the left and on to the Old Deer Park in Richmond.
  • The three screen Odeon Cinema

Time out in Putney

  • Putney is well served for pubs and bars. Nearer the station, the local Wetherspoons, The Railway, is even blander than most of its kind but it provides cheap drinks and is a good launch pad for the evening. Just opposite, and far better, is The Fox, with several big screens which make it the best place for big sports events. Most of the bars are concentrated north of the station towards the river.
  • Hosting live music since 1963, The Half Moon on Lower Putney Road, is Putney’s top venue for live music and is twinned with the Elgin Music house in Notting Hill.
  • The Coat and Badge Pub - decor remains true to its rowing heritage with a river mural, set of oars, and an impressive list of winners of the Coat and Badge Sculling Race - a favourite on Boat Race Day.
  • There’s great selection of busy, popular pubs including The Dukes Head - traditional pub on the banks of the River with a good selection of beers and quality food, the Jolly Gardeners - laid back pub atmosphere perfect for a lazy Sunday with games and newspapers and a quiz every Tuesday, and the Boathouse which has direct riverside views.
  • Thai Square restaurant and bar offers some of the best Thai food in London with superb views over the Thames.
  • When it comes to clubs, for those desperate to dance but too lazy (or too drunk) to make it into the city, there can only be one - Fez Club does service as Putney's sweatbox of choice. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done and is something of an institution for Putney locals.


  • Wandsworth Park –one of only two Grade II listed parks within the vast borough, the other being Battersea Park. Next to the River Thames in the shadow of Putney Bridge, this park is popular for organised sport, walking, cycling, relaxing and picnicking.
  • Barnes Common - a nature reserve and dog walking spot with a cricket pitch.
  • Putney Common - consist of woodland, scrubland, heathland, mown recreation areas and ponds. Home to a wide variety of bird, animal and plant life.
  • Putney Heath is a small but pleasant area with the picturesque Telegraph pub nestled at its centre.
  • Nearby, Richmond Park – at 2,360-acres it is almost three times as large as New York City's Central Park. Famous for its 600 red and fallow deer.

There is a wide choice in Putney and the quality of primary education is undoubtedly high.

For primary education, Putney has four schools with ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings – Our Lady of Victories, St Mary’s, All Saints and Brandlehow.

For secondary education, there is Ashcroft Technology Academy and Elliot School.

For private education, there is The Lion School, The Hurlingham, Putney High and St Pauls in Barnes.


Putney is well located and provides excellent transport links.

The District Line from East Putney station is infrequent, slow, and generally a poor option unless you are just popping up to Fulham and Chelsea. Far better is the overland service from Putney overland station to Waterloo, which is fast (about 20 minutes) and very regular. Given the strength of the overland service, the buses --14 (to Warren Street), the 22 (to Piccadilly Circus), the 39 (to Clapham Junction), the 220 (to Wandsworth) and the 337 (to Richmond)-- are fairly redundant except for short hops through town, but the 14 can be very useful. It runs from Putney station to Tottenham Court Road in about 45 minutes and it runs 24 hours a day, making it perfect for getting to and from late nights in Central London.

There is a river bus service from Putney Pier to Blackfriars TFL River Bus from Putney Pier.

Local facts:

  • Putney has been the starting point of the University Boat Race since 1856. The race has been an annual event, setting off at the University Stone just up from Putney Bridge.
  • The first permanent bridge between Putney and Fulham was completed in 1729. It was only the second bridge across the Thames, after London Bridge.
  • Thomas Cromwell, chief minister for Henry VIII, was born here in 1485.
  • E M Forster lived at 22 Werter Road in Putney.
  • The Arab Boy is the oldest pub in Putney.
  • Under Putney Bridge you can still see cages in which criminals were kept as punishment.
  • Nick Clegg lives in Putney.




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