Putney is a district in South West London located within the London Borough of Wandsworth. Putney attracts young professionals and families, who live alongside the older generations who have been in the area for years. Well-established Australian, New Zealand and South African communities can also be found living here.
Putney is an ancient parish that is first mentioned as far back as the Domesday Book of 1086. For centuries Putney was a place where Londoners came for leisure and to enjoy the open spaces and clean air. In 1729 a bridge was built over the Thames to connect Putney to Fulham, and the area was transformed into a commuter suburb and country retreat for the wealthy classes.
Since the second half of the 19th century, Putney has been one of the most significant centres for rowing in the United Kingdom, and there are around 20 rowing clubs based on the Thames along Putney Embankment. The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race begins at the University Stone, just upstream from Putney Bridge.
Shopping is found along Putney High Street for many high street names and at Putney Exchange Shopping Centre open seven days a week which has a good mixture of high street shops, independent boutiques and coffee shops.
Putney has a great selection of restaurants and pubs, many of which are located along the river path. The Dukes Head and the Boathouse, both with beautiful riverside views, serve up real ales and a warm welcome. The Star & Garter is a fantastic waterside bar & restaurant serving a great selection of mezze, tapas and charcuterie. It is also the only bar in the UK to have an in-house cheese maturing room, where you’re invited to check out a vast selection of artisan cheeses from all over Europe.
Property in Putney
Putney has a wonderful mix of property that spans all periods from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties, to 1930s mansion flats. Beside the river at The Embankment and on Deodar Road there are some highly desirable period properties. Kenilworth Court is an Edwardian mansion building that is quite a well-known landmark in Putney. Along the banks of the Thames are new luxury developments, including the much sought-after Putney Wharf and its Tower with its superb on-site facilities and panoramic views across the river.
The River Thames at Putney
There are plenty of things to do along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- Enjoy the Thames Path eight-mile route from Putney to Richmond, taking in sites such as the Wetland Centre, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Old Deer Park in Richmond
- Fulham Palace Museum, on the banks of the Thames, is just a short stroll over Putney Bridge
- Choose from a wide range of rowing clubs, some of which have trained Olympic champions
Transport in Putney
- Putney Railway Station has regular services to Waterloo (15 mins)
- Nearest tube station is Putney Bridge across the river in Fulham
- Regular bus services include the 220 to Wandsworth and the 337 to Richmond
- There is a River Bus service from Putney Pier with 5 stops up to Blackfriars
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