Learn to Row in London

With TopRow - London's only specialist beginner rowing school
Start rowing!

Experience rowing for the first time by starting a beginner course with TopRow.

TopRow is London’s first and only dedicated school for beginner rowing. We have taught tens of thousands of people across the world how to row – and we want to teach you, too!

TopRow offers an easy-to-access, dedicated environment to start rowing for the first time. Our experienced instructors have rowed to a high level and taught hundreds of lessons. We will take you through every stage from beginner all the way through to advanced.


The Toprow beginner course is an introductory programme designed to teach the fundamentals of rowing. This eight-week course is suitable for complete beginners, with no prior rowing experience needed! Our experienced coaches provide guidance and support, allowing rowers to focus on mastering the basics of the rowing and progress at their own pace.

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Trying rowing has never been so easy – try beginner rowing with TopRow


TopRow is London’s first and only dedicated school for beginner rowing. We have taught tens of thousands of people across the world how to row – and we want to teach you, too!

Experience London in a new way

We guarantee you’ve never seen London quite like this. Take a trip past Fulham football stadium, Harrods furniture depository, under Hammersmith bridge, and enjoy the views – from the water!

Teaching from high-level athletes

Our friendly TopRow coaches are experienced rowers, from nearby universities and clubs, who have competed to a high level. They’ve got mountains of experience to share with you.

Get fit and stay fit

Rowing is one of the best ways to build up physical strength and fitness. Maybe you’re just looking to supplement your fitness, or perhaps you need a fun new way of getting into shape. Either way, rowing the Thames is the perfect low-impact exercise

How it works

Sign up

Sign up for the next course – we ask for payment on booking to secure your slot.

Pick a time

Let us know your preferred time and day for your slot for the 8 week period.

Get notified

 In the week before the course starts, we’ll email you to let you know your rowing slot.

Go rowing!

You’ll row once a week for 8 weeks, as the same time each week.

When can I row?

TopRow courses run for set periods, so we have a set date every 8 weeks when all the lessons kick off. You row every week within those 8 weeks on the same time and day.

See this year’s courses here

Who will I row with?

You will row in a group of 4 (our boats accommodate 4 people) If you’re attending with a friend, let us know in advance and we can make sure you row together. If you’re attending alone, no worries! Most of our newbie rowers come by themselves – when you’re placed in your group, you’ll be rowing with them every week and are sure to make great friends. TopRow is the perfect way to meet new people in London.

What if I can't make a session?

Don’t worry if you can’t make a session or two! Try to let us know with as much notice as possible, and we will do our best to find a replacement session for you. PLEASE NOTE we cannot guarantee make-up sessions, they are subject to availability, and we require at least 48hrs notice to be able to look for one for you.

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Sign up for Beginner rowing

No previous experience required

8 weeks

1 hour per lesson


Embankment, Putney,
London SW15 1LB
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Please note: we ask for payment in full when you book. This is in order to secure a slot for you. However, if we are unable to find a slot that works for you, we of course offer full refunds.