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River ThamesThe 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. On the London stretch alone - from Teddinton to Thamesmead - there are 29 bridges that cross it. Of these, London Bridge was the original crossing but Tower Bridge is arguably the most iconic - with its hydraulically operated bascule action splitting the bridge in two, allowing tall ships to pass. A clipper service carries commuters from Woolwich to Waterloo while the Tate to Tate catamaran gives gallery goers a scenic boat trip. The river has long been used for sporting events with annual rowing races like the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Henley Regatta carried out along its stretch. In Henley, the River & Rowing Museum explores the history of the city's water ways while the Museum of London Docklands in the East End the focus is on the old working docks.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Pimlico Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
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 £75  37% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
For understated chic this hotel on the banks of the Thames opposite the Tate Britain is a top choice. The rooms are clean and modern and ... More
 
 
 
Plaza on the River Club & Residence London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £116  22% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
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 £86  28% off
30 John Islip Street, SW1P | 5 minutes from River Thames
Leave the laptop at home - every room at this hotel comes with its own Apple iMac. Across the river from the MI6 building, it's a ... More
 
 
 
 
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Whitehall
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 20 minutes from River Thames
Whitehall is a historic London street with runs from Parliament Square at Westminster to Trafalgar Square. The street is recognised as the centre of the British ... More
 
 
 
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Horse Guards Parade
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 21 minutes from River Thames
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Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 25 minutes from River Thames
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near River Thames
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Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
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Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from River Thames
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Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from River Thames
A stunning outdoor Sky Pool links two residential buildings in the Embassy Gardens development, a new neighbourhood in Nine Elms near Battersea Park. High up on ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 14th November 2016 to 2nd April 2017 - 10am-6pm
River Thames, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 30th November 2016 to 17th April 2017 - 10am-6pm
River Thames, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
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David Hoyle: Triumvirate
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Thursday 23rd March 2017 - 7pm-11.55pm
River Thames, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 | 6 minutes from River Thames
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The Workshop
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
44 Lambeth High Street, Albert Embankment, SE1 | 7 minutes from River Thames
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Above The Stag Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Arch 17, Miles Street, Lambeth, London SW8 | 9 minutes from River Thames
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 9 minutes from River Thames
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Lassco House & Garden
London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Battersea, London SW8 | 6 minutes from River Thames
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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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 13 minutes from River Thames
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William Curley, Harrods
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Westminster, London SW1X | 13 minutes from River Thames
The William Curley chocolate empire continues to swell with the opening of the patissier and chocolatier's latest concession in Harrods. Curley has worked with ... More
 
 
 
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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
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Madeira Patisserie
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
46A Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 3 minutes from River Thames
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Chino Latino
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 22 minutes from River Thames
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Chocolate Films Ltd
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Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, Brixton, London SW9 | 23 minutes from River Thames
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London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 30 minutes from River Thames
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London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
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London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
Harleyford Street, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
5th Floor, Harrods, Westminster, London SW1X | 13 minutes from River Thames
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The Duchy Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
63 Sancroft Street, Lambeth, London SE11 | 11 minutes from River Thames
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The Fentiman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, London SW8 | 12 minutes from River Thames
The Fentiman Arms is a special pub in Lambeth a cricket ball's throw way from The Oval. They have a lovely wild garden out the back, ... More
 
 
 
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Nine Elms Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 | 13 minutes from River Thames
On Riverlight Quay near Battersea Power Station stands Young's pub Nine Elms Tavern, named after the neighbourhood created by the regeneration ... More
 
 
 
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River Thames clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London SW8 | 7 minutes from River Thames
London's biggest and best gay venue, Fire hosts a cluster of different club nights including more and more straight-friendly one-off parties over the weekends. Newly redesigned ... More
 
 
 
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South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
340 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11 | 12 minutes from River Thames
Ten minutes from the nearest tube, in a drab and ugly corner of Oval, sits one of the most surreal nightlife experiences you can have in ... More
 
 
 
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 15 minutes from River Thames
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Tate Britain
London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
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Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
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Theatre | Until 29th April 2017 

Old Vic Theatre 19 minutes walk from River Thames

The play that made Tom Stoppard's name overnight, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is staged at The Old Vic for ...More

 
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Portrait of the Artist
Exhibitions | Until 23rd April 2017 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 22 minutes walk from River Thames

Exploring the notion of artists as celebrities, Portrait of the Artist puts self-portraits ...More

 
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Concerts | On 24th March 2017 

St John's Smith Square 22 minutes walk from River Thames

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Exhibitions | Until 28th August 2017 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 25 minutes walk from River Thames

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Theatre | Until 29th April 2017 

Apollo Victoria Theatre 1.44 miles from River Thames

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Tate Britain 1.52 miles from River Thames

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern 1.81 miles from River Thames

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Fire 1.95 miles from River Thames

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