See London’s river Thames brought to life in a month-long season of events at the annual Totally Thames festival.
This year, 150 events are taking place in the capital along the river’s 42-mile stretch, celebrating the river and its people and bringing their stories to life.
Walk along the banks of the Thames to see large-scale art installations, exhibitions, photographic projections and live performances. Descend into one of Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chambers for a concert below river-level, or join an archaeological tour of the river's surroundings. See boats of all shapes and sizes cruise down the river, or get on the water yourself with stand-up paddle, kayaking and boat trips.
Totally Thames 2016 Programme Highlights
- See Ik-Joong Kang’s Floating Dreams, a huge illuminated sculpture located in the centre of the river by Millennium Bridge, which remembers the millions affected by the Korean War. 1-30 Sep
- Step into Fluxland, French artist Cyril de Commarque’s 25-metre mirrored boat which reflects the city and plays the artist’s soundtrack as it sails down the river. 7-24 Sep
- Hear Waterloo Bridge resonate with new compositions by Molitor, AK/DK and Stick in the Wheel, with Claudia Molitor’s The Singing Bridge, along the bridge and at Somerset House. 9-25 Sep
- Step deep inside Tower Bridge to experience Iain Chambers‘ Bascule Chamber Concerts, featuring classic and contemporary music inside the subterranean Victorian space which houses the bridge's huge counterweights during lifting. 24-25 Sep
- Celebrate the history of Waterloo Bridge (also known as The Ladies’ Bridge) with two free evenings of photographic projections on the National Theatre's fly tower, as well as films and live performances, for Light up the Ladies’ Bridge. 23-24 Sep
- Catch Mooring at the Brunel Museum. Inspired by real events, this performance tells the story of a homeless man living along the Thames. 1-9 Sep
- Embark on a poetic and musical journey with Ensemble Perpetuo, and explore the beauty and unforgiving nature of our seas, with music by Debussy, at Cutty Sark. 22 Sep
- Join London's most innovative folk club The Nest Collective for a new season of Shanty Sessions, exploring our rich maritime history through music, song and dance on the decks of Cutty Sark. 24 Sep
- Explore the history of people living in houseboats on the river Thames through photography, films, interviews and more in the Life Afloat exhibition at the Watermans Arts Centre. 1-30 Sep
- Discover Anne Krinsky’s multi-media display, Tide Line Thames, depicting the changing riverscape and fixed structures of the river, at the Thames-Side Studios. 8-25 Sep
- See works of art inspired by the Rivers of the World in City Hall and along the Thames pathway by More London, National Theatre and Tate Modern. 1-30 Sep
On the River
- Marvel at the 50 majestic tall ships cruising on the river around Greenwich and beyond, and enjoy the evening fireworks with Sail Royal Greenwich: Tall Ships. 15-18 Sep
- Cheer on your favourite crew during the Great River Race, as traditional boats race their way from Millwall to Ham. Some race competitively, while others take part just for fun! 3 Sep
- Follow the Source to Sea: Thames River Relay, as water from the source of the river in Gloucestershire is transported down the Thames, passing through the hands of different groups of people on stand-up paddle boards, with plenty of activities taking place along the way. 1-25 Sep
- Jump into the Thames alongside other experienced swimmers at Hammersmith’s Black Lion Pub for the Thames River Swim. 7 Sep
Archaeology Tours and Tours
- Examine the remains of Tudor jetties, an Iron Age fish trap, a Bronze Age bridge and more archaeological wonders on one of the Foreshore Walks. 3-24 Sep
- Don’t miss the rare opportunity to get down onto the Thames foreshore by the Tower of London on Tower Beach Open Day and discover the history behind the many objects that can be found there. 18 Sep
- Uncover the river Thames' rich history, from Roman ports to recent archaeological digs, in a series of Maritime lectures, led by archaeologists and curators at the National Maritime Museum. 1 Sep-6 Oct
Visit the Totally Thames website for the full programme and ticket information.