Putney is an area of south-west London that lies on the south banks of the River Thames, a short distance from Wimbledon.
Putney is surrounded by history, which is reflected in the architecture and building designs throughout the borough. It is the birthplace of Thomas Cromwell, one of the strongest and most powerful advocates of the English Reformation during Henry VIII reign. He was pivotal in helping engineer the annulment of the King's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, thus allowing Henry to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.
In the 1790’s Putney was a notorious rendezvous point for highway men. Most famous was Jeremiah “Jerry” Avershaw, who was caught in the Green Man pub, near Tibbets Corner. He was thusly executed and his body hung in chains on Putney Heath, as a warning to others.
Putney is well known for the yearly Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race. The race first started in 1829 and the event has been held annually since 1856 (except during the First and Second World War’s). The Race begins at Putney Bridge and finishes just before Chiswick Bridge.
Putney has extensive transportations links including a Main Line with direct links to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo (10-15 minutes) as well as two underground stations: East Putney and Putney Bridge which are both on the District line. There is also a river boat service running from West Putney Pier which can take you all the way to Blackfriars, past all of London’s greatest riverside landmarks.
Putney is one of London’s greenest towns with plenty of outside spaces as well as excellent walking routes in and out of London, one of the most popular runs along the river. It has a thriving restaurant and bar scene with an eclectic mix of laid back and upmarket cafes.