A HISTORY OF THE SPENCER ARMS

‘With wood and water, common and hill, there will always be an element of freshness and openness in Putney seldom to be obtained so near London.
—J. C. Geikie, The Fascinations of London, 1903

The historical Spencer ArmsThe Spencer, a free house formerly known as The Spencer Arms, has been standing strong in Putney, South West London for decades. It has closely witnessed many an Oxford and Cambridge boat race, the planning of the great train robbery, Thomas Cromwell’s birth, love, loss and romance. Indeed for centuries, Putney was a place where Londoners came for leisure, to enjoy the open spaces and clean air and play games such as horse racing, hawking, hunting, and bowling.

Since the second half of the 19th century, Putney has been one of the most significant centre’s for rowing in the United Kingdom because increasing numbers of steam-powered boats (not to mention the growing levels of sewage being discharged into the river) made leisure rowing on the Thames in central London unpleasant if not impossible and also because the construction of railways enabled easy commuting.

More than twenty rowing clubs are based on the Thames at Putney Embankment; among them London Rowing Club, Thames Rowing Club, Imperial Rowing Club and Vesta Rowing Club. Leander Club owned a boathouse in Putney from 1867 to 1961. The Putney clubs have produced a plethora of Olympic medalists and Henley winners. The University Boat Race, first contested in 1829 in Henley-on-Thames, has had Putney as its starting point since 1845. Since 1856, it has been an annual event, beginning at the University Stone, just upstream from Putney Bridge.

The Spencer sits enviably on the common but is also just a short stroll from arguably the best vantage points for watching the rowing be it a Head of River or The Boat Race (where we host a beer and Pimms stall). So, not only will you love our shabby-chic comfort, great food and drink and warm friendly service but there really is no better pub situated as conveniently close to both the green expanses of the common and flowing waters of The Thames.

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THE SPENCER IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO ENJOY GOOD FOOD AND A WIDE SELECTION OF GREAT BEERS, AN EXCELLENT WINE LIST AND EVEN EXOTIC COCKTAILS! BOOK A TABLE FOR RELAXED, EASY-GOING BUT ATTENTIVE, FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING. WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO DISCUSS AND ARRANGE PRIVATE DINNERS, PARTIES OR FUNCTIONS.
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We take bookings in our bar & restaurant, so if you have a favourite table, let us know so we can book it for your next visit. Bookings of 12 or more will require a deposit. Once you fill in the form a manager will contact you. Unfortunately we are unable to take bookings for the benches on the common.
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The Spencer is the perfect location for your special event, whether a birthday, business function, or wedding, from a larger table, to the whole hire of the pub. We would be delighted to discuss your event with you so please call 020 8788 0640 or email info@thespencerpub.co.uk.
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The Spencer
237 Lower Richmond Road
Putney, London
SW15 1HJ
T: 020 8788 0640
E: info@thespencerpub.co.uk

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Monday - Saturday 9am - midnight
Sunday - 11am - 11pm

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Sunday 12pm - 9pm


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