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Totally Thames 2019: what’s on this year

The month-long tribute to London’s beautiful, murky river is back with boat rides, tidal swims and mudlarking adventures. Here are our highlights

By Charlie Allenby

If London is the country’s heart, the Thames is its big ol’ aorta, pumping life into the city, bringing joy and cheer (and shopping trolleys) to its millions of residents and visitors. Although its source lies out west in the Cotswolds, it’s the section running through the capital that’s most famous (thanks, ‘EastEnders’) and has been a crucial part of Londoners’ lives for millennia.

To celebrate the iconic river’s role in the life of the capital, Totally Thames festival 2019 is back for the whole of September (September 1 - 30). The annual festival has a brilliant line-up of events that truly gush about the waterway’s importance. So whether you want to learn about the river’s musical past or get down and dirty in an archaeological dig, be prepared to take the plunge…

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There's a reason why pretty much every Bond film has a chase sequence on the Thames. James knows that for the best views of this city you should head for the river - and, if you catch a few international crooks along the way, well that's just an added bonus. Ditch dry land, hop aboard a Thames river cruise and get ready to spot some of London's top attractions along the watery way.


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