Putney is a leafy residential suburb in the Inner London Borough of Wandsworth. It lies on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Fulham and is about six miles from London’s West End. Putney is mainly a residential area and its major claim to fame is the annual university boat race between Oxford and Cambridge that starts from the Putney Bridge. The first race was held in 1845 and it has been an annual event since 1856. Putney is also located only a few miles from Wimbledon, the site of another great English summer sporting event, the All England Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.
The most interesting local historical building is St Mary’s Church, Putney, which was built in 1647, and this is where Cromwell and his New Model Army held the Putney debates on the constitutional future of the country. To find out more about the local area, visit the nearby Wandsworth Museum, which traces the history of Putney and other areas of Wandsworth from prehistoric times up to the present day. The Pumphouse Studio in nearby Battersea Park is an old converted Victorian pump house on the banks of a lake which puts on a wide variety of artistic exhibitions and events.
In Putney, you will find the usual amenities such as a cinema and a good selection of pubs and restaurants. For those who want to stay fit, there is a great new gym with excellent facilities. Putney is host to several cultural events and festivals including Jazz on the River and Putney Music Festival, held in the spring. The Halfmoon, Putney, is a well-established and well known live music venue. Live bands have been playing here since it first opened more than 40 years ago and it has played host to many upcoming bands that have gone on to earn fame and fortune. Only two miles away, Battersea Park also hosts many events during the summer months. These have included a giant outdoor cinema screen, concerts, Shakespeare plays and other theatre productions.