Totally Thames is a month long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, held in various locations from Westminster Bride to Tower Bridge and beyond. There are a variety of events to choose from such as art, music, talks, walks, boats and all things river-related.
For the adventurous and sporty amongst us, there are ample opportunities to get both in and on the water. Take part in wild swimming, paddle boarding and mudlarking; or if you want to stay dry then a cruise on a Tall Ship is perfect.
There are also a number of live art along the riverbanks, including theatre performances and concerts. The highlights of the month are sure to include Urban Tales, a contemporary opera accessed via a boat at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London’s only lighthouse; and the Bascule Chamber Concert premiering inside Tower Bridge.
There are set to be a diverse and broad range of food and drink available, with lots of riverside restaurants and street stalls on offer, producing an abundance of seafood to complete the theme.
Totally Thames has been bringing the festival to London since 1997 and they enjoyed an enormous success last year, with 2.7 million people attending the events. They are backed by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, amongst others and the whole event is created by the Thames Festival Trust, who have previously arranged The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Totally Thames aims to ‘increase visitation to the multiple assets and attractions on the Thames in London’ and ‘be widely acknowledges as the best season of river events in the world.’ And there is certainly a jam-packed schedule to draw in the crowds this September.