Putney is a thriving historic riverside town retaining a small town feel with thriving high street and plenty of greens in close proximity. A prehistoric track passed through Putney and there is also evidence of a roman settlement and bridge. It is home to the famous Putney Debates as conducted by Oliver Cromwell which forms the basis of modern democratic government we know today.
Putney Exchange, a wonderful shopping centre nestled in the heart of Putney High Street. Recent investment has seen the arrival of high street fashion giant H&M and work is underway to deliver modern retail space for other leading high street retailers early 2017. Anchored by Waitrose, there are over 40 shops in the Putney Exchange including Waterstones, Gap, Phase Eight, Argos and a fantastic collection of independent shops adding that rare ingredient of “difference” not found in the larger shopping centres and high streets.
Lacy Road shops are part of our retail offer at the Putney Exchange. There you will find an eclectic mix of quirky independent shops and some wonderful places to stop, have a drink or a bite to eat.
New for 2016
We are very excited to announce the opening of Ben & Lola (Scandinavian childrenswear) in October 2016 and the return for the ever popular Pop Up shop Knots and Socks. This will be their third appearance in the shopping centre and this year they will be with us longer than just Christmas. October will also see the opening of Jules Thincrust Pizza on Lacy Road. Come and visit soon.
Rowing: Putney has been the starting point of the Oxford & Cambridge University Boat Race since 1856. This annual race sets off at the University Stone just up from Putney Bridge. Putney river side is the home to more than 20 rowing clubs that have trained several Olympic champions.
Putney Exchange is very proud to be working with Jess Eddie, elite, international and recently crowned Olympian silver medal winning rower. Jess was part of the womens eight crew that won the Silver medal in Rio 2016. Putney Exchange shopping centre supported Jess during her training and her quest to get to Rio by supplying her with her own single scull boat to train in as she was having to borrow one. This enhanced her training programme and the results were there for all to see on Saturday the 13th August 2016. Well done Jess !
Cycling: The 2016 Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic offered a unique opportunity for UK cycling fans to support their heroes on British roads as the world’s top cyclists took on a stunning route through London and Surrey, the closing stages take the riders through Merton then over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames. This has become an annual event. Barclay’s cycle hire is also plentiful in Putney. For more information please visit www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk
Walking: Enjoy the Thames Path eight mile route from Putney to Richmond which parallels the route of the Boat Race. Putney Heath is small but pleasant, with woodland and open spaces. Putney faces Fulham across the Thames to enjoy Fulham Palace Museum an intriguing museum that interprets the site’s history an extensive botanical gardens plus an elegant gallery.
Entertainment for children
From Waterstones regular workshops for children, to Gymboree sensory play classes to Eddie catz play centre and the three screen Odeon Cinema there is plenty activities for the children to enjoy in a shopping day out.
Art, Theatre & Entertainment
Putney Embankment Art & Design Market: A unique quality Art, Design and Craft market takes place on the first Sunday of the month on Putney Embankment at Putney Pier. Offering the customer original quality work from the best emerging artistic and established talent from across Wandsworth and beyond including fine art (contemporary & traditional), ceramics, mixed media, graphics, glass, jewellery, photography, textiles, wood carving/furniture, sculpture, illustration etc.
Putney Sculpture Trail: encompasses nine near life size sculptures by British sculptor Alan Thornhill which are permanently publicly sited along the south side of the River Thames to either side of Putney Bridge, in the borough of Wandsworth. This trail is believed to be unique to London.
Putney Arts Theatre features a wide range of plays, readings and musicals throughout the year. Click here for more information.
The Half Moon, a ten minute stroll from Putney High street with nightly events ranging from a wide selection of bands, DJ’s, acoustic music, comedy and other live entertainment. Click here for more information.
Restaurants & Bars
Putney town centre and riverside boasts a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars to entice you and satisfy any appetite. Food from all corners of the globe can be found including the renowned Thai Square, Aquilumia Tapas, Emile’s French cuisine to the wonderful Sardinian restaurant Isola del Sole. Coming to the Putney Exchange and Lacy Road in October 2016will be the first UK opening of Jules Thincrust Pizza.
Putney’s boasts a vibrant pub scene, including the award winning & oldest pub in Putney, The Arab Boy. There are Gastro pubs galore including The Spotted Horse, the Coat and Badge & the Jolly Gardener, all of which serve great ales & food & host a range of entertainment including weekly quiz nights. The Dukes Head stands proudly on the waterfront offering great atmosphere with a riverside view.
Putney is well located and provides excellent transport links. Overland trains from Putney station travel to Waterloo in 20 minutes. Tube services from East Putney and Putney Bridge Underground stations on the District Line provide links with Victoria and there is a river bus service from Putney Pier to Blackfriars TFL River Bus from Putney Pier. There are several local bus routes including the 14 (to Warren Street), the 22 (to Piccadilly Circus), the 39 (to Clapham Junction), the 220 (to Wandsworth) and the 337 (to Richmond). There are also several buses offering 24 hour services. Putney is well located on the A205 and the A3 allowing fast links with the M25 and beyond