New development preserves spirit of Oxford v Cambridge boat race

HAMMERSMITH Bridge is the best vantage point to watch the annual Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.

It is the strategic point where the crews are in their rhythm and try to pull away from the other boat.

When you head down to secure your spot next Saturday to watch the Dark Blues and Light Blues face off for the 158th time, you will pass the aptly named Oxford & Cambridge Pub.

But don’t expect a refreshing ale to help quench the heat of the spring sun. The pub shut in 2006.

However, work will soon start to build a set of luxury flats that should do justice to the iconic monument to riverside racing, called Oxford House.

Boasting a top-floor penthouse with 1,150sqft, a lift and an unique array of three incredible roof terraces looking out over London from the third floor, the development of the nine one, two and three-bedroom flats should attract buyers who have long looked for a modern development of this calibre near the riverside.

Another novel design feature in the development is the underground car park with a lift for owners’ cars to be ferried up to street level on demand. Meanwhile, hard-nosed investors will be interested in the developer’s offer of a 250-year lease and the 10-year building guarantee for the flats.

It means that while you may end up living in Oxford House, there’s no reason to ever feel blue.