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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 £93  39% 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 £126  35% 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 £91  32% 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
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Circus West Village
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Circus West, Battersea Power Station, SW8 | 16 minutes from River Thames
A butcher, baker, florist and an arts centre ensure that Circus West Village has everything a modern urban village ... 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
Horse Guards Parade is the setting for various military ceremonies throughout the year including the Trooping the Colour which marks the Queen's official birthday. At the ... More
 
 
 
 
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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
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other ... More
 
 
 
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Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from River Thames
Embassy Gardens, a new-build neighbourhood in Nine Elms on the South Bank, takes design inspiration from the Meatpacking District of New York with floor to ceiling ... More
 
 
 
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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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Figure Totem Beast: Sculpture In Britain In The 1950s
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 29th October 2018 to 4th February 2019 - 10am-6pm
River Thames, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
An exhibition of the uncompromising sculpture that emerged in Britain after the Second World War, featuring younger artists including Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi ...More
 
 
 
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Ongoing
Burne-Jones
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 24th October 2018 to 24th February 2019
River Thames, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
Tate Britain presents London's first comprehensive retrospective of Edward Burne-Jones in 40 years, showcasing 150 of his works in a wide range of media. The last, ...More
 
 
 
Ongoing
Edward Burne-Jones
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 24th October 2018 to 24th February 2019 - 10am-6pm
River Thames, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
The artists first solo show at Tate since 1933, charts his rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential ...More
 
 
 
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Near River Thames
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The Workshop
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
44 Lambeth High Street, Albert Embankment, SE1 | 7 minutes from River Thames
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 River Thames
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 River Thames
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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The best shops and markets near 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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Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from River Thames
On the second Saturday of the month Vintage Vauxhall brings together collective of dealers specialising in vintage, antiques, architectural reclamation as well ... More
 
 
 
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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 13 minutes from River Thames
This prized vintage shop, in business for 40 years and bursting at the seams with a mixed bag of period clothing, is sadly closing down. Due ... More
 
 
 
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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain gets its name from the specially commissioned Rex Whistler mural, 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats', which provides ... More
 
 
 
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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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Education near River Thames

Near 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
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
 
 
 
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Chocolate Films Ltd
London > Education >
Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, Brixton, London SW9 | 23 minutes from River Thames
Chocolate Films is a South London based film production company and social enterprise which runs a wide variety of media courses including stop motion animation, light ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 30 minutes from River Thames
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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River Thames gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames , the Garden Museum provides an insight into the ... More
 
 
 
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Archbishop's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from River Thames
This immaculate 10 acre park is the largest green space on the Southbank. Once part of Lambeth Palaces private gardens, Archbishop Tait originally donated the ... More
 
 
 
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Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
While Lords is the spiritual home of English cricket, it is The Oval (offically The Brit Insurance Oval), home of Surrey County Cricket Club, that fills ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London 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
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near River Thames.
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Tate Britain
London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
Conference facilities can accomodate up to 1550 people.... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. Originally built in ... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The Centre houses ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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Figure Totem Beast: Sculpture In Britain In The 1950s
Exhibitions | Until 4th February 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

An exhibition of the uncompromising sculpture that emerged in Britain after the Second World War, featuring younger artists including Lynn ...More

Edward Burne-Jones
Exhibitions | Until 24th February 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

The artists first solo show at Tate since 1933, charts his rise from an outsider with little formal art training ...More

Burne-Jones
Burne-Jones
Exhibitions | Until 24th February 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Tate Britain presents London's first comprehensive retrospective of Edward Burne-Jones in 40 years, showcasing 150 of his works in a ...More

 
Monster Chetwynd
Exhibitions | Until 28th February 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

The artist's representation of two mating leopard slugs as an installation in light covers the front of the building....More

Jesse Darling: The Ballad Of Saint Jerome
Exhibitions | Until 24th February 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

The works by the artist deal with the vulnerability of the human body within the socio-political structures in which we ...More

Repton Revealed: The Art of Landscape Gardening
Exhibitions | Until 3rd February 2019 

Garden Museum 9 minutes walk from River Thames

Exhibitions & Art, Design....More

African Soldier
Exhibitions | Until 31st March 2019 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 17 minutes walk from River Thames

Exhibitions & Art, Installation....More

Moments Of Silence
Exhibitions | Until 31st March 2019 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 17 minutes walk from River Thames

An immersive installation exploring origins, history and future of remembrance rituals, created by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning artists 59 ...More

Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
Exhibitions | Until 28th April 2019 

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

Exploring 300 years of history between Russia and Britain, Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs shows works of art in the ...More

 

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Re-Textured Festival
Re-Textured Festival
Concerts | From 28th March 

Various Venues London

A new festival from Krankbrother, Re-Textured takes over several London venues this March. A celebration ...More

 
Don McCullin
Don McCullin
Exhibitions | From 5th February 

Tate Britain

Tate Britain presents a comprehensive retrospective of legendary British photographer Don McCullin with a display ...More

 
Waitress
Waitress
Theatre | From 8th February 

Adelphi Theatre

Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere ...More

 
Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
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Haymarket Theatre Royal

Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan bring John Sullivan's ...More

 
Art Night 2019
Art Night 2019
Exhibitions | On 22nd June 

Walthamstow Town Square

Art Night, the late night free contemporary art festival which runs from 6pm into the ...More

 
Peter Gynt
Peter Gynt
Theatre | From 27th June 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre

James McArdle, star of Platonov and Angels in America, takes the title role in David ...More

 
Tree
Tree
Theatre | From 29th July 

The Young Vic

Taking you on a musical journey in search of the soul and the spirit of ...More

 
The Trick
The Trick
Theatre | From 19th February 

Bush Theatre

Before going on tour across the country, the world premiere of Eve Leigh's The Trick ...More

 
Brick Wonders
Brick Wonders
Exhibitions | From 16th February 

Horniman Museum

More than 50 LEGO models are brought together at the Horniman Museum for the new ...More

 
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
Exhibitions | From 13th February 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Boki Seven Dials
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Darcie & May Green
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It's hard to miss Darcie & May, two colourful canal boats designed by the godfather ...More

 
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Royal Wharf Pier
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Jutting out into the Thames like the British seaside piers of old, Royal Wharf Pier ...More

 
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