London Rowing Club

London Rowing Club (LRC, or colloquially, 'London') is the second-oldest of the non-academic active rowing clubs on the Thames in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1856 by members of the long-disbanded Argonauts Club wishing to compete at Henley Royal Regatta.

London Rowing Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
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Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
LocationPutney, England
Coordinates51°28′7.5″N 0°13′10″W / 51.468750°N 0.21944°W / 51.468750; -0.21944 (London Rowing Club)Coordinates: 51°28′7.5″N 0°13′10″W / 51.468750°N 0.21944°W / 51.468750; -0.21944 (London Rowing Club)
Home waterTideway
Founded1856 (1856)
CoachesRob Dauncey, Steve Salter, Richard Philips
AffiliationsBritish Rowing
Notable members

It is regarded as one of the most successful rowing clubs in Britain and its Patron is Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.[2][3]


The club was founded in 1856 at the instigation of Herbert Playford, A. A. Casamajor and Josias Nottidge for the purpose of promoting rowing on the river Thames and winning medals at Henley Royal Regatta. These three formed part of the crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1857. LRC is the second oldest of the non-academic type in London; the oldest is Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club having taken that status from Leander Club which gradually migrated from 1897 to 1961 to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.[4]

The club and its members were fundamental in the setting up and evolution of the Metropolitan Regatta[5]

It is one of the seven founding clubs of the Remenham Club at Henley[6] and was one of five clubs which retained the right to appoint representatives directly to the Council of British Rowing.[7] This right was removed from those five clubs in September 2012.[8]

Modern dayEdit

Phelan Hill was the cox of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Gold Medal Open eight. Jess Eddie was in the Women's eight that that won the Silver Medal at Rio Olympic Games in 2016

Sophie Hosking the Gold Medal winner and Rob Williams competed for Great Britain at the London Olympic Games in 2012 in the women's lightweight double sculls and men's lightweight coxless four.

Most recently the club won the Wyfolds in 2011 and also provided half of the oarsmen in the composite international lightweight crews that won the Club Quads in 2007.

Two of its members, James Lindsay-Fynn and James Clarke, competed in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 as part of the Lightweight Men's Coxless Fours. Nick Strange and Ben Helm competed in the Lightweight double sculls and Lightweight four at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. The London lightweight four of 1994; Butt, Watson, Strange and Helm set a Worlds best time for Open and Lightweight fours of 05:48:86 (Paris, May '94)


London Rowing Club began in rented rooms at Star & Garter Pub in Putney. Today, the club has a substantial boathouse (altered and extended in 1974, 2008 and 2018/19) by Putney Bridge. The new "Peter Coni" gym was opened in 2019 by present and past club Presidents Mike Baldwin and Mike Williams. It occupies the space over the rowing tank that dated back to the 1920s, the old men's changing room and the old gym. The design specification required a low carbon footprint resulting in a modern passive ventilation system among other items. At the opening some of the membership commented that "at least one can now close the holes in the walls".


Former members of the club include the British racing driver Graham Hill, the Formula One World Champion in 1962 and 1968 and only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport. From 1952 to 1954, Hill rowed in twenty finals with London, usually as stroke of the crew, eight of which resulted in wins. He also stroked the London eight for the highly ranked clubs/composites cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He used the colours of the club as his motor racing helmet design, as have his descendants, Formula One World Champion racing driver son, Damon, and Formula Renault driver Josh.[9]

Current club members include international rowers for Great Britain, Ireland and Germany such as:

The former chief coach was Australian silver medallist Paul Reedy.[11]

See alsoEdit


  • Water Boiling Aft: London Rowing Club, the First 150 Years 1856-2006 Author Christopher Dodd[12]
  1. ^ Dodd, Christopher. Water Boiling Aft: London Rowing Club, the First 150 Years 1856-2006.
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  3. ^ Cox, Richard William (2003). British Sport: A Bibliography to 2000 (Volume 2). Routledge. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-7146-5251-1.
  4. ^ Wilkes Spirit of the Times September 7, 1861
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Corporate Governance Structure". British Rowing. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Profile: Damon Hill". Formula One Complete. Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  10. ^ "List of Biographies of British International Rowers". British International Rowing Office. Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  11. ^ Topolski, Daniel (2002-07-02). "Rowing: Reedy repaid by London club's success". The Independent. Independent News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 2007-10-18.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Dodd, Christopher (2006). Water Boiling Aft: London Rowing Club, the First 150 Years 1856-2006.

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