Putney Bridge in south west London is best known as the starting point for tha annual Oxford versus Cambridge University Boat Race. The original bridge was opened in 1729 and was only the second crossing of the Thames (after London Bridge). The idea for the bridge allegedly arose after the Fulham ferryman was too drunk to row the politician and future Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, across the river after a meeting with King George I. The present bridge was completed in 1886. The views, looking both ways, are from Putney Embankment, the location of many of London’s most famous rowing and sailing clubs.