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1. Westminster Station: Rowing

Westminster Station

United Kingdom

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The UK has a long and proud rowing history

Held each summer on the Thames, between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea)

Up to six watermen row under 11 bridges on 4 mile 7 furlong (7,400 meter) course

There are up to 6 competitors only

Hasn't changed much in its 300 year history

Changes:
Until 1873: rowed against the tide using four-seater passenger wherries making the race take over 2 hours to compete, now they row with the tide and in modern sculling boats taking about 25 to 30 minutes

Founded by Thomas Dogget, born in Dublin and came to London in 1960 to pursue a career in acting.

1715: Founded the prize of the Doggett's coat and badge in honor of the House of Hanover in commemoration of King George I's accession to the Throne

Managed the race each year until his death in 1721

In will instructed: “five pounds for a Badge of Silver representing Liberty, eighteen shillings for a Livery on which the Badge was to be put, a guinea for making up the suit of livery and buttons and appurtenances to it, and 30/- to the Clerk of the Watermen's Hall". and has always been followed

In 2010 HRH the Duke of Edinburh and HRH Princess Royal attended the presentation of the prize

Founded on a custom that it should be for young watermen in their first year of their Freedom of Watermen's Company were entitled to enter the race which meant watermen only had one attempt

This worked because at the time watermen were more just as common as taxi drivers today

This has changed since the number of qualified watermen has drastically dropped and in 1988 it was decided to extend the entry qualification to allow a person three attempts at the race

Fastest time recorded by Bobby Prentice: 23 minutes 22 seconds
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2. Cabinet Office: Tudor Tennis Court

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall, London SW1A 2AS, United Kingdom

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3. St. James Park: Tudor Hunting Grounds

St James Park

69 Horse Guards Rd, London SW1A, UK

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4. Horse Guards Parade: 2012 Olympic Volleyball

Horse Guards Parade

The Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, United Kingdom

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5. Cockspur Street: Rugby Union Founding

Cockspur Street

Cockspur St, London SW1Y 5BL, UK

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6. Pall Mall

Pall Mall

123-125 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5EA, UK

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7. Lillywhites: Cricket and Sports Store History

Lillywhites

24-36 Regent St, London SW1Y 4QF, United Kingdom

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8. Hotel Café Royal: Boxing Rules

Hotel Café Royal

68 Regent St, London W1B 4DY, United Kingdom

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9. Dog & Duck

Dog & Duck

Dog & Duck, 18 Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 3AH, UK

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10. Soho Square

Soho Square

Soho Square, Soho, London W1D, UK

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11. Three Greyhounds: Blood sport

Three Greyhounds

Three Greyhounds, 25 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DD, UK

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12. Lamb & Flag: Pugilism

Lamb & Flag

33 Rose St, London WC2E 9EB, United Kingdom

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13. Grand Connaught Rooms: FA Association Formation

Grand Connaught Rooms

61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA, United Kingdom

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14. Lincolns Inn: Sports Law (Football)

Lincolns Inn

Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL, United Kingdom

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15. Bounce: The Home of Ping Pong

Bounce: The Home of Ping Pong

121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD, UK

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