The Totally Thames festival will once again grace the banks of our much-loved waterway this September (Sep 1–Sep 30 2017). An annual celebration of the River Thames, dive into a month-long party full of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities. With new installations for 2017 and an event line-up bigger than previous years, check out our pick of highlights below and head down to the river for one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about.
Check back soon as we'll be updating this page with events nearer the time.
Check out the best river cruises in town
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.
On a residential Hackney street, someone’s Pinterest board has come to life. At least, that’s how this Japanese restaurant feels: from the brushed gold countertops, untreated wooden stools and pretty glass vases with delicate foliage, to the square cards that make up the specials board which, naturally, are held together by mismatched bulldog clips. The lighting is soft – perfect for a date – the music soothing and the atmosphere relaxing. If it wasn’t for the obligatory wino staggering about outside, it all might feel a bit too perfect. The menu, while not exactly a tome, boasts all the usual suspects: thickly sliced, melt-in-the-mouth tuna sashimi; piping-hot, fatty karage (fried chicken) with an interesting chilli-kick; succulent charred pork skewers. But it was the veggie dishes that really stood out. A ‘seaweed and carrot salad’ might sound like food for an amphibious bunny, but it was deep, earthy and full of umami satisfaction. Mushroom and spinach nigiri might sound bland, but had a wonderful fleshiness (they contain huge pine mushrooms) and came packed with sesame. And the texture of the sweet miso aubergine was perfect: soft but still solid and not in the least bit sloppy. Whatever you do, ask for the black rice and tempura broccoli maki – a rainbow wheel of veg and rice wrapped in crisp nori, the lightly-battered broccoli giving it all a satisfying crunch. Technically a ‘special’, it would be a real shame if this dish doesn’t become a permanent fixture. The atten
Venue says: “Japanese food in the heart of Hackney.”