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The Great River RaceRegarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

 

About River Thames

The River Thames, part of the longest river in England, is the waterway that winds its way through the centre of the capital. Once a bustling trade route bringing foreign trade to the city, it's now more commonly used for recreational purposes and the non-conformist commmuter. More about River Thames

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Pimlico Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
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Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Westminster
 
11 minutes walk
 
Pimlico Masterpark
 
16 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Park Plaza London Riverbank
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £79  40% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £116  32% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
Riverside rooms at this modern luxury hotel overlook the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye visible. All apartments features ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Westminster
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £91  40% off
30 John Islip Street, SW1P | 5 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
In autumn 2017, Tate Britain stages the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Rachel Whiteread, the first woman to win the Turner Prize. That accolade came ...More
 
 
 
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Marguerite Humeau: Echoes
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 18th November 2017 to 15th April 2018 - 10am-6pm
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
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The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 2nd November 2017 to 7th May 2018
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
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The Workshop
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
44 Lambeth High Street, Albert Embankment, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
Once the fire engine workshops of the London Fire Brigade, The Workshop on Albert Embankment in Lambeth is opening its doors once again, as a temporary ... More
 
 
 
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Above The Stag Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Arch 17, Miles Street, Lambeth, London SW8 | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
Above the Stag Theatre, one of London's most successful small theatres, re-opens in a brand new venue on 29th November 2013, in a renovated railway ... More
 
 
 
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
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Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
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Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Battersea, London SW8 | 6 minutes from The Great River Race
Architectural salvage produces the most gloriously mismatched collection of pieces, all housed in this disused church. Stock changes constantly; look for anything from stuffed animals to ... More
 
 
 
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Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
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Madeira Patisserie
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
46A Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 22 minutes from The Great River Race
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Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, Brixton, London SW9 | 23 minutes from The Great River Race
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 30 minutes from The Great River Race
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Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
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Archbishop's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from The Great River Race
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Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Restaurants > Gastropub
63 Sancroft Street, Lambeth, London SE11 | 11 minutes from The Great River Race
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64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, London SW8 | 12 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
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Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
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South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
340 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11 | 12 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 15 minutes from The Great River Race
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from The Great River Race
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9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from The Great River Race
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The Great River RaceThe Great River RaceThe Great River RaceRegarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way alo2018-09-08T00:00:00+01002018-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Sporting Events > Other Sports - Rowing
PRICING  Free for spectators
DATES  Saturday 8th September 2018
VENUE  River Thames 
Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way alo... More about this event
 
 

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The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Exhibitions | Until 7th May 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Exhibitions | Until 4th February 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Theatre | Until 18th February 2018 

Above The Stag Theatre 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Parnassius Piano Duo
Concerts | On 18th January 2018 

St John's Smith Square 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

The pair performs Bernstein's Music For Two Pianos, Copland's Danzon Cubano, Barber's Souvenirs, Fine's Toccata Concertante and Gershwin/Grainger's Fantasy On ...More

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Concerts | On 18th January 2018 

St John's Smith Square 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

The organist performs Vivaldi's Concerto In B Minor, Bach's Allein Gott In Der Hoh' Sei Ehr', Byrd's A Fancy In ...More

Dale Lewis: Fat - Sugar - Salt
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Edel Assanti 15 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Theatre | Until 1st December 2018 

Apollo Victoria Theatre 17 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Hamilton
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Theatre | Until 30th June 2018 

Victoria Palace Theatre 17 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize winning hip hop musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, tells the story of Alexander ...More

 
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
Exhibitions | Until 28th May 2018 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 17 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Charles II: Art & Power
Charles II: Art & Power
Exhibitions | Until 13th May 2018 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 20 minutes walk from The Great River Race

This "lavish" exhibition of "baroque bling" (The Times) is "a tremendous narration of history through objects and images" (The Guardian). ...More

 

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