The buildings lie close to the Thames, and the school is famous for rowing, sending an eight to the regatta at Henley each year.
An annual regatta is held early in August by the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Svenska Segelsallkapet).
It is only since about 1870 that this popularity has grown up. Ten years earlier even rowing-boats were few excepting at Oxford, at Henley in regatta time, and at Putney on the tideway.
An annual pleasure fair is held on Easter Monday, and a regatta in August or September.
Of these Henley Royal Regatta is pre-eminent by the number and importance of the entries, and by its comparative antiquity.