Come to the birthplace of the modern sport of rowing, London’s East End, for a day’s strenuous and amusing participation in a great sport.  Enjoy our sheltered and friendly stretch of river, a stone’s throw from the City and Docklands, where some of England’s finest rowers have acquired their skills and started their training.  One of Britain’s largest rowing clubs, Lea has been a part of the sports scene in Hackney and surrounding boroughs for more than 150 years, providing locals of all ages access to a sport which teaches the value of sustained effort in pursuit of a distant goal and particularly of teamwork without individual accolades. Please contact Fred Shearer


  • 4 Four oared Rec boats – can be rigged for rowing or sculling
    • 2 pair oared Rec boats – as above
    • Changing room and hot showers for both men and ladies.
    • Catering facilities on site including cafe and bar


  • Fully British Rowing qualified coaches
  • including former GB and Blue rowers


  • morning
    • 10:00 – introduction to rowing – safety
    • 10:30 – indoor rowing – proper stroke and use of rowing machine
    • 11:30 – Learning in boats – exercises in rec boats
  • 13:00 – lunch break followed by some comment
  • afternoon – further practice in boats followed by racing
    • 14:30 – selection of crews and warm-up row
    • 15:15 – tea break
    • 16:00 racing starts: multiple races each
      • eliminators for top performers
      • smaller number of finalists
        • Fours
        • Pairs
  • 17:30 – drinks
  • 18:15 – Prize-giving
  • 19:00 – optional Dinner

Robert Flaxman, a trader at Bell & Clements Ltd, commented on his Rowing Day at Lea “…..thank you for inviting me on the rowing day. I thought the day was highly successful, everyone at the club was friendly, patient and very passionate.  Our cox was fantastic. I hope that this success continues for other corporate events and that Lea Rowing club can raise funds that they greatly deserve.”