Spring sporting events in the capital kick off on 26 March 2023 with the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. The event is watched by thousands along the banks of the Thames and millions more worldwide on TV.

The annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities first took place in 1829. With up to 300,000 spectators lining the route, our advice is to head for one of the riverside pubs where barbecues, hog roasts and live music make for a great atmosphere.