The Legendary Head of the River Race

Event Date: March 29, 2015 at 12:00
One of London’s longest-running sporting traditions, Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held every year on the River Thames in London. The race takes place on the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake south bank of the River Thames to Putney in South-West London. 400 crews from all across the globe take to the waters of Thames to participate in the historic event. The eventwas considered as a way for crews to perform long rows during winter.

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It is generally held on the third or fourth Saturday of March every year depending on the tides.

A little bit of history

The Head of the River Race was founded by the Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn. The idea was to give crews something to aspire for at the end of the winter training phase.
The race was first held in 1926 with 21 crews participating. There was no race in the year 1937 as there wasn’t a suitable tide on a Saturday and none took place from 1940-45 inclusive. The event restarted in 1946. Since then, it has taken place on an annual basis. The event had started for Tideway crews and grew steadily to attract crews from far and beyond. All these years, crews have come from places like Australia, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.
It takes approximately two hours for the race from the time that the first crew starts to the last crew finishing. The record time now is 16 minutes 37 seconds set in 1987 by the Great Britain national crew.
Only the winning crew receives Fairbairn medals. Category winners now get medals of a different design.
The race was viewed as a competitive and social occasion and obviously maintains the same status even today.

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The event in today’s time witnesses hundreds of boats, each one operated by eight men, row over the championship course. The tradition is that the previous year’s winner starts first followed at 10-second break by other crews. The new entries start in alphabetical order. For Londoners and visitors coming in from all parts of the world, the event is an excellent way to celebrate the beginning of spring. The joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. Packed with viewers for the race, the joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. One can see the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, watch them from Barnes Bridge when they get together and speed up, and then see the crews come close from the lively Hammersmith Bridge.

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Tip: For a better view, arrive early and grab an ideal spot!

Accommodation nearby

There is an extensive range of serviced apartments located in areas close to the iconic river Thames in London. Thoroughly designed and well planned, the apartments offer guests a memorable experience. You can check our website for more information.

The Lord Mayor’s Show


The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district.

Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary British pageantry with various modern facets. The day after swearing in, the Lord Mayor and others participate in a march from the Guildhall, via places like St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House, in the city of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor swears adherence to the crown.


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Dedicated to win the support of the City in his feuds, King John in 1215 permitted the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices. Needless to say, the Mayor was a new power. Two months later, William Hardel who was the new Mayor of London put his signature to the Magna Carta. It was a requirement of the new Charter establishing it that the newly elected Mayor travelled to the royal enclave at Westminster to present himself at the court and take an oath of loyalty and commitment to the ruler. And it began! The event is listed in the City’s Civic Calendar as ‘The Procession to the Royal Courts of Justice and Presentation of the Lord Mayor to the Chief Justices’. All these years, Lord Mayor of London has been a highly regarded position and the Mayor’s journey a spectacle. It grew so much that by the sixteenth century, this grand spectacle was known all over as the Lord Mayor’s Show. From the plays of Shakespeare to the adventures of James Bond, the show has been featured several times. In the 20th century, the Lord Mayor’s Show became the first outside event to be live. Even to this date and time, the show pulls millions of TV audience.

Today, you can witness the City’s businesses, charities, Her Majesty’s forces and Londoners from all spheres of life come together on this day to be a part of a celebration of the City’s authority and affluence.

The 2014 Show


The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled on Saturday, November 8. The day is packed with family activities, exhibitions and other special events.

River Pageant: 08:30

The traditional Lord Mayor’s journey was taken by barge on the iconic river Thames. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that tradition by travelling in a splendid flotilla of boats and barges. The beautiful Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25.

Lord Mayor’s Procession: 11:00


With over 7000 participants, 150 horses, hundreds of carts, carriages and coaches along with vintage cars, helicopters, penny farthings and fire engines, this definitely is a procession unlike any other. It sets off from Mansion House at 11am, takes a halt at the Royal Courts when the Lord Mayor gives his oath, and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at 1pm.

Guided Walks: 15:00

In between the procession and fireworks, one can find guide lecturers offering walking tours all around the streets of the City of London. These walks are easy and free.

Lord Mayor’s Fireworks: 17:15

The first day in office is completed by the new Lord Mayor with a glorious fireworks display over the River Thames. The launchpad floats in the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars. As the roads are closed, one can take a walk or enjoy the end of this magnificent show.

The City of London

The City of London is a ceremonial county within London and is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. The boundaries of the city have stayed constant since the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by Tower Hill, Liverpool Street. It is one of the two districts to hold the status of a city, the other being the City of Westminster. It houses some of London’s best attractions like Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a wide range of accommodation options in the City of London, check out and experience the most authentic spirit of the city.

BNP Paribas Masters 2014

An annual tennis tournament for male professional players, the Paris Masters is held in France and is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. It is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship.

For its 29th edition to be held from 25th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014, the ambitions are really high. It is not just an outstanding level tennis but also a live show with a remarkable atmosphere, thereby offering you an experience of a lifetime. The event has the record of offering people a unique and matchless urban culture with the involvement of top artists from all over the world.





This event takes place inside the famous sports area POPB (Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) in Paris. It was opened in 1983 and is rightly referred to as the temple of indoor tennis to Paris. Situated between the Siene and the Ministry of the Budget, in the city’s 12th arrondissement, it has a capacity of more than 14,000 seats. Bercy is the closest metro station. The Indoorground experience planned by the BNP Paribas Masters brings together lighting, sound and amazing special effects to offer a marvelous experience to all.

The games start at 10 am on all the days of the tournament. To get access inside the POPB and have access to your seat, it is advisable to reach at least 30 minutes before the start of the game.

How to Reach?

Needless to say, it is ideal to use public transport which has a lower negative impact on the environment. There is a taxi stand located in front of the main entrance. You can also take 24 or 87 bus route. Parisian subway is also a great and convenient option. You can take metro line 1, 6 and 14. Your choice of transport does make a significant difference.


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Where to Stay

One of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, the 12th arrondissement also called as the arrondissement de Reuilly is an ideal place to stay. The place has been reorganized recently, especially the Cour Saint-Émilion and Bercy area. This arrondissement houses the Bercy Arena, French Ministry of Finances, the popular Opera de la Bastille and also Bois de Vincennes. At, we offer you an exhaustive list of serviced apartments close to the venue and equipped with all the facilities to make your trip to Paris a memorable one.

The ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Season, the BNP Paribas Masters showcases the crème de la crème as they compete to win the prestigious title. Undoubtedly one of the most esteemed tournaments in the world with the best players in the ATP circuit, it is definitely a must watch.