Explore life on, below and around the River Thames this September during the annual Totally Thames Festival – and many of the events are totally free!
There are concerts held below river level, archaeological tours of the river surroundings, free exhibitions and talks and some amazing large-scale art installations. Naturally, there are lots of boat-based activities too.
Over 300 crews from all over the world are set to take part in the Great River Race rowing from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey – a distance of 21.6 miles. Expect top athletes keen to achieve the best times, while other participants will focus on charity stunts and fancy dress. What is guaranteed is that it will be definitely entertaining to watch while a resident at Park City Grand Plaza Kensington London. The festival is colourful, lively and fun to find a spot on the river bank and enjoy the spectacle.
One of the oldest river races in the world is held on Tuesday 4 September. It has been held annually in London since 1715 and involves rowing under London’s eleven bridges from London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. Entry into the race is confined to London’s select watermen. It is a very prestigious race and participants usually take around 25 minutes to complete the course. You can find out more about the race in a special outdoor exhibition held at the Guildhall Yard.
Fancy some music? Try the unusual classical, vocal and spoken word events being held inside the very atmospheric subterranean space of Tower Bridge; or listen to poetry and hip-hop at the R.A.P Party aboard the elegant Dixie Queen boat.
Explore the foreshore just below the Tower of London as part of a guided tour, discover the work of the mudlarks or discover the archaeology of the waterfront from Roman times to Victorian docklands. Alternatively, take a Thames Boat Trip with the Brunel Museum and discover the amazing architectural contribution made by Brunel – three bridges, a ship’s launch ramp and finally descend into his river tunnel, the first underground tunnel beneath a major waterway.
Take part in a Big Bottle Count to find out how many bottles are sitting on the shore the River Thames, or admire river inspired artwork created by young people from around the world in a special exhibition: Rivers of the World.
There are high-speed journeys in a rib boat and performance storytelling based around the River Danube where you can enjoy central European myths and legends.
While enjoying the festival, the visitors would like to taste the local cuisines of the city like Malaysian food for which they can search for Best Malaysian Restaurant London which will serve them delicious food with good dining facilities. Whatever your interest, Totally Thames has the perfect event for you!