Your ultimate travel guide to Putney in London

Welcome to Putney

Putney is where London lets its hair down. Yes, there’s the posh rowing scene and riverside views, but its soul lies in tree-lined streets, welcoming pubs, and a sense of community missing in the city’s frantic heart. It’s a balancing act of green spaces and urban buzz, a place to sip a riverside pint and then stroll through antique shops. 

Where is Putney?

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Putney is located in southwest London, within the Borough of Wandsworth. 

What is the main street in Putney?

The main street in Putney is Putney High Street. It’s a street with a mix of shops, restaurants, pubs, and essential services. 

How to get to Putney?

The easiest way to get to Putney is by taking the train or Tube. The closest train station is Putney Station (South Western Railway). Alternatively, you can take the Tube to East Putney Station (District Line), which is within walking distance of the main street and surrounding attractions.

For more details about getting around London, check this out.

Best time to go to Putney

The best time to visit Putney is during the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This h

istoric rowing event, usually held in late March or early April, brings vibrant energy to the area.

What to do and see in Putney

Watch the Annual Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race

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Location: Putney Embankment, London, United Kingdom

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This historic rivalry dates back to 1829, making it a true piece of sporting legacy. Putney transforms for the race – the starting line crackles with energy, and Thameside pubs overflow with lively crowds. 

The best part? This slice of British sporting culture is completely free! Expect boisterous cheers, the occasional eccentric hat, and a healthy dose of friendly competition. 

So, if you’re in Putney during the race, join the riverside revelry – it’s tradition, camaraderie, and British spirit at its finest.

Visit the Fulham Palace

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Location: Bishop’s Ave, London SW6 6EA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7736 3233

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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Fulham Palace has been the home of London’s bishops since the year 704 (yes, it’s been that long), meaning the walls themselves whisper stories older than some countries. 

Here, you can explore its history, wander through manicured gardens that have seen centuries pass, and even stumble upon quirky exhibits (like the skeleton of a bishop’s dog!). 

While entry is free, they greatly appreciate donations (only £5) to help maintain this historic treasure.

Admire the historic architecture at St. Mary’s Church

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Location: Putney High St, London SW15 1SN, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8788 4414

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 15th century, a sturdy reminder of mediaeval times. Then, there’s the major 1830s reconstruction and even signs of a 1970s rebuild after a fire. It’s like a history textbook made of stone and brick! 

Plus, this place has hosted some big moments – the Putney Debates of 1647  happened right there, where ideas like democracy were tossed around like hot potatoes. 

And here’s a bonus tip: you can park conveniently on Dukes Avenue or Hadley Gardens. Metres run from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and the fee is £1 per half an hour, then it’s FREE on the same meters from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. From 4:30 to 6:30 PM, the fee is also £1 per half an hour.

If you’re really into architecture, you can check out our article for the must-see modern architecture in London.

Watch a film at Putney Odeon Cinema

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Location: 26 Putney High St, London SW15 1SN, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 333 014 4501

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Sure, you can stream movies at home, but there’s something magical about that giant screen, the surround sound that rumbles your popcorn, and the collective gasps and laughter of a packed cinema. 

Plus, the Putney Odeon has a touch of old-school charm mixed with modern perks – think comfy seats and maybe even a cheeky cocktail to accompany your film. 

Want to make it a budget-friendly outing? Check out their myODEON Saver tickets for select showings or the Amazon Prime deal two standard tickets for £10 or 2 recliner tickets for £15 at ODEON Luxe.

Enjoy captivating shows at the Putney Arts Theatre

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Location: Ravenna Rd, London SW15 6AW, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8788 6943

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For over 50 years, Putney Arts Theatre has been ditching the giant blockbusters for something with a bit more heart. It’s a haven for those who love the raw energy of live performances and discovering hidden gems.  

From side-splitting comedies to tear-jerking dramas (and everything in between!), their shows offer surprising variety. Unlike the stuffy West End, this theatre exudes a welcoming, community vibe with tickets that are easy on the wallet.  

They even have special offers like student discounts and matinee deals to make your night out even more affordable. 

Where to eat and drink Putney

Coppa Club Putney

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Location: 29 Brewhouse Ln, London SW15 2JX, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 3937 5354

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Pricing: ££

Good to know: Great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with stunning views

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Craving a lazy brunch with a view? Coppa Club’s got you covered. Planning a romantic dinner with a touch of luxury? Head straight for their iconic heated igloos on the terrace. 

Coppa Club caters to every mood, with snug corners perfect for catching up with friends and a coworking space ideal for a productive day (with a delicious meal break, of course!).  

But the best part? You don’t need a secret handshake to get in. Their menu boasts a delicious mix of British and Mediterranean classics, from the comforting Coppa Burger to perfectly cooked Italian pasta. 

The Dynamo

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Location: 200-204 Putney Bridge Rd, London SW15 2NA, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8704 1911

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Pricing: Best place to grab a slice of pizza

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This Putney spot brings a slice of laid-back energy with its focus on cyclists (bike racks and repair kits included!) and a dog-friendly atmosphere. But don’t let the casual setting fool you – their pizzas are serious business! 

Think perfectly charred crusts, fresh toppings, and that delightful cheesy goodness that dreams are made of. And while pizza is their star, The Dynamo keeps it interesting with healthy bowls and classic brunch dishes too (we recommend trying their Brunch Poke Bowl!). 

Must-try? Go for Madeleine – San Marzano tomato, oregano, garlic, EV oil 10.5 – pure, indulgent deliciousness.

Hare & Tortoise

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Location: 296-298 Upper Richmond Rd, London SW15 6TH, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8394 7666

Operating hours:

  • Tuesday to Sunday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Pricing: ££

Good to know: Your hotspot for Asian cuisine

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This buzzing spot offers a whirlwind tour of Asian cuisines – think steaming bowls of Japanese ramen, sizzling Thai stir-fries, vibrant Chinese dishes, and beautifully crafted Korean bites. 

The atmosphere is unpretentious and perfect for a lively night with friends or a casual meal with just the right amount of spice. 

With so much to choose from, their extensive menu could make a panda blush! But let me guide you towards a must-try: the Tori Katsu Maki. It’s a roll of crispy chicken katsu, sushi rice, and all those delicious fixings, offering a delightful crunch and flavour that’s sure to leave you craving more. 

Tequila Mockingbird Putney

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Location: 4-6 Putney High St, London SW15 1SL, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8544 8085

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Friday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturday – 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday – 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Pricing: ££

Good to know: Best place for 2-for-1 cocktails

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Think of Tequila Mockingbird Putney as your all-access pass to a good time. It’s got levels, literally and figuratively! Start on the bright and airy ground floor, perfect for those midweek catch-ups or a cosy date night with someone special. 

Feeling a bit bolder? Go into the basement tunnel bar, where exposed brick and neon lights set the stage for epic DJ nights – get ready to bust a move. But let’s not forget the hidden gem: their Secret Garden overlooking the Thames. 

That’s where you’ll sip fantastic 2-for-1 cocktails (and bottles of wine too!), soaking up those riverside vibes. Fan of the Pornstar Martini? They do it right! Plus, daily happy hours mean you can indulge without breaking the bank. 

Duke’s Head

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Location: 8 Lower Richmond Rd., London SW15 1ER, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8788 2552

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Sunday – 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM

Pricing: ££

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The Duke’s Head is a Putney icon, where the Thames glitters, pints flow freely, and classic British fare takes centre stage. Imagine this: sinking into a booth with friends for a catch-up or snagging a prime spot on their sprawling riverside terrace. 

The location is a clear winner, but the magic truly lies in the menu. You can indulge in overflowing charcuterie boards perfect for sharing, devour juicy Duke’s Head burgers that defy stacking logic, or dive into their legendary cyder-battered haddock.

Where to shop in Putney

Putney Exchange

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Location: 3 Putney High St, London SW15 1TW, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8780 1056

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday & Friday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Thursday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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This place is the perfect blend of familiar favourites like H&M and Waitrose with a sprinkle of independent stores that keep things interesting. So, expect stylish boutiques, quirky gift shops, and all the beauty essentials you could need.  

It’s got that relaxed indoor mall vibe, perfect for rainy days or when you just need a break from the Putney bustle. Plus, the central location means you can pop in for a quick browse between errands or make it a whole shopping expedition followed by a well-deserved coffee break. 

Putney Market

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Location: St. Mary’s Church, 5 Putney High St, London SW15 1RB, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8780 1056

Operating hours:

  • Saturday – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Putney Market is your weekly escape from the ordinary! Forget sterile supermarket aisles – here, colour explodes from stalls laden with award-winning produce. Juicy summer berries practically burst as you walk by, organic vegetables whisper “farm-to-table”, and the cheese selection would make a Parisian swoon.  

But beyond the edible delights, Putney Market is a treasure hunt. Vintage finds gleam with untold stories, local artists showcase their quirky creations, and antique stalls make you feel like you’ve wandered onto a movie set.  

Throughout the year, festivals erupt at the market, the Boat Race brings boisterous energy, design showcases overflow with talent, and live music infuses the air with local flavour.  

Hurlingham Books

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Location: Ranelagh Gardens, 91 Fulham High St, London SW6 3JS, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7736 4363

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Since 1968, this independent haven has been a bastion of literary treasures.  Set foot inside, and the intoxicating scent of old pages and well-loved stories washes over you. 

Founded by the legendary Ray Cole, Hurlingham Books is the oldest independent bookstore in the area, a title they wear like a badge of honour. 

And for those truly insatiable bookworms, Cole holds a secret weapon: a vast warehouse filled with over a million secondhand books, a paradise where shelves stretch toward infinity and unread adventures await.

Huttons

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Location: Unit 3, Unit 3 Putney High St, London SW15 1TW, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8785 0181

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Huttons is a Putney shopping experience far removed from the predictable chain stores. It’s a treasure trove born from Mark Hutton’s 1996 adventure in Mexico, filled with unexpected and delightful finds curated with an eye for style and a dash of whimsy. 

This place exudes a welcoming warmth, inviting you to linger, explore, and discover that perfect piece – whether it’s a conversation-starting vase, a kitchen tool that makes cooking feel like pure joy or a birthday gift that hits that sweet spot between thoughtful and hilarious.  

JAKI

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Location: 142 Putney High St, London SW15 1RR, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8789 7301

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Saturday – 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday – 12:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Forget overpriced department stores – here, you’ll unearth pre-loved treasures that whisper luxury without the hefty price tag. Imagine snagging a barely-there Chanel bag or a timeless Burberry trench that’s witnessed decades of style.  

JAKI is a treasure hunt where fashionistas with a conscience and a keen eye for unique pieces collide. Think cosy sweaters begging to be layered, chic dresses that’ll turn heads, and statement accessories that won’t break the bank

Plus, the friendly staff here are your secret-style weapons, transforming browsing into a personalised shopping spree. They’ve got an uncanny knack for sniffing out the perfect piece that fits Putney’s eclectic vibe, whether you’re chasing the latest trends or timeless classics. 

Where to stay in Putney

The Lodge Hotel

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Location: 52-54 Upper Richmond Rd, London SW15, United Kingdom

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Pricing: £££

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With 73 thoughtfully designed rooms ranging from classic to deluxe, you’ll find the perfect fit for your level of desired snugness here. 

But it’s not just about style –  this family-friendly hotel delivers on the practical side too. High-speed Wi-Fi keeps you connected, a gym lets you work off those delicious onsite restaurant meals, and private parking takes the stress out of arrival.  

Putney Hotel

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Location: 214 Upper Richmond Rd, London SW15 6TD, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8051 8470

Pricing: ££

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The Putney Hotel isn’t your average yawn-inducing chain stay. It’s a haven in the heart of Putney that’s perfect for weary travellers or explorers seeking a comfortable home base. 

Think plush beds, crisp linens, and little touches that make you feel like you’ve just crashed at a stylish friend’s place (minus the awkward morning conversation). 

But beyond the snug factor, the Putney Hotel boasts some serious perks. Their rooms are decked out with modern essentials – we’re talking Freeview TV to catch up on the latest shows, adjustable climate control to ensure your perfect sleep temperature, and even heated towel rails!

Premier Inn London Putney Bridge Hotel

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Location: Putney Bridge, 3 Putney Bridge Approach, London SW6 3JD, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 333 321 1273

Pricing: ££

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Don’t be fooled by the Premier Inn London Putney Bridge’s 1960s exterior – set foot inside, and you’ll find comfort and practicality galore. Rooms with stunning river views and plush beds promise a peaceful night’s sleep after exploring nearby Fulham Palace.

Expect spacious rooms with the essentials for relaxation: cosy bedding, tea and coffee facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.  While the lobby might channel slight waiting-room vibes, the modern Thyme Restaurant and Bar more than compensates for that with its warmth, tasty breakfast buffets, and thoughtful vegetarian options.

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Location: 317 Putney Bridge Rd, London SW15 2PG, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 8246 6250

Pricing: ££

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This boutique haven is your launchpad for exploring all that Putney offers. No sprawling lobbies or fussy check-ins here – just air-conditioned rooms with contemporary comforts like 32-inch flat-screen TVs, power showers for a refreshing blast, and a fresh breakfast buffet to kickstart your day. 

And the staff get that your time is precious – expect efficient service, complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected, and thoughtful touches like social distancing measures and hand sanitiser.  

Manor Hotel

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Location: 23 Nevern Pl, London SW5 9NR, United Kingdom

Contact: +44 20 7370 6018

Pricing: £

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Nestled near the picturesque Thames, it’s the perfect starting point for riverside strolls, followed by a pint at one of Putney’s cosy pubs.  

With top-notch restaurants and coffee shops at your doorstep, and Putney High Street just moments away, you’re perfectly positioned to explore all in this vibrant corner of London. Think spacious rooms with thoughtful amenities – some even boast terraces offering stunning city views. 

Why is it called Putney? 

The name Putney originated from Puttan Hythe, where hythe means a landing place or harbour. This would translate to “Putta’s landing place,” suggesting it was once a site used for docking boats. The name evolved over time into what we know now, “Putney”.

Is Putney safe? 

Putney is considered a safe area within London. It has a tranquil, suburban atmosphere with plenty of green spaces, giving it a secure feel.

Is Putney a good place to live?

Yes, Putney is a great place to live if you enjoy a tranquil suburban atmosphere, green spaces, and a family-friendly environment.

What is the history of Putney? 

Putney has a rich history dating back to Neolithic and Roman times. It was once a riverside village known for its ferry crossing. Then, the area grew significantly during the Industrial Revolution. Today, Putney is famous for its bridge and as the starting point of the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race.

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