The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now lit! Join official City Guides and experts from the Illuminated River project team, as they take you on a journey under the rivets of London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges, with Thames Clippers. Back by popular demand, 2020 dates have been released for the Illuminated River Official Boat Tours with Thames Clippers: Thursday | 16 January | 19:30 Saturday | 25 January | 18:30 Thursday | 6 February | 19:30 Saturday | 15 February | 18:30 Thursday | 20 February | 19:30 | Richard Dye, Finance Director at Illuminated River Foundation Saturday | 29 February | 18:30 Thursday | 5 March | 19:30 | Douglas Inglis, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 14 March | 19:30 Thursday | 19 March | 19:30 | Chris Waite, Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Saturday | 28 March | 19:30 Saturday | 4 April | 20:30 Thursday | 9 April | 20:30 Saturday | 18 April | 20:30 Thursday | 30 April | 21:00 Saturday | 9 May | 21:00 Thursday | 14 May | 21:30 Saturday | 23 May | 21:30 Tuesday | 26 May | 21:30 Book your tickets now and let the official City of London Guides take you on a journey through time while sailing underneath these architectural, social and historical landmarks of London. Tours start at Tower Pier. Tickets: £7.50 for an adult, £5 for children aged 5-15 years and London Freedom Pass Holders; children aged 0-4 years travel for free but a ticket still needs to be booked. Book tickets Accessibility: Illuminated River Boat Tours depart from Tower Pier and are wheelchair accessible. We can carry two unfolded wheelchairs and an unlimited number when folded. More details here. Passengers with a Disabled I.D. badge/card benefit from the concession rate; please select the London Freedom Pass fare. Visit the Illuminated River Foundation website to learn more about the project.
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You may have noticed a dramatic change to the London Bridge riverscape during these short nights of July. On the evening of 17 July, four of the Thames’s most famous bridges – including London Bridge – were transformed with the launch of the first phase of Illuminated River – an ambitious new art commission for London that will eventually see up to 15 bridges lit along the Thames. Conceived by internationally-acclaimed American artist Leo Villareal, and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, The artwork celebrates the architecture and heritage of London’s historic bridges, and will encourage more people to enjoy the river and the riverside at night Four bridges – London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – are now lit up in unison, with sequenced LED patterns subtly unfolding across each unique structure. The new artwork will be in place for at least 10 years. For more go to illuminatedriver.london #IlluminatedRiver Photography by James Newton
Come and join the heart-warming sounds of over 400 primary school children singing as one. Kids’ Choir is a Thames Festival Trust project that works in schools from all across London to develop their creative and performance skills and then come together for a high quality choral performance. Led by Richard Frostick, one of the UK’s finest singing leaders, Artistic Director of the British Council’s World Voice programme and founder of the Music Centre, the children will join forces to delight audiences and perform a fantastic collection of songs at the Scoop. The children will sing a broad selection of songs about the weather, environment and will travel via Benin and Cameroon as they take the audience on a musical journey. This event is part of the Totally Thames 2018 programme.
Head to HMS Belfast and help celebrate her 80th birthday on the weekend of 17 – 18 March. Now a London landmark on the River Thames, on March 17 1938 she was launched by Mrs Neville Chamberlain to the cheers of hundreds of spectators. Since then she has served in the Arctic Convoys, fought in the Korean War, travelled the world and, famously, played a key role at the D-Day landings. On 17 March, you can meet veterans from across HMS Belfast’s 80 year history and learn about what it was like to live and work at sea. A number of free events on board include the return of Signals at Sea, where families can learn how lights, radios, codes and flags were used to pass messages from ship to ship. You can also learn how to send your own name in Morse Code, as well as a new signal created specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake created by Sophie Faldo, the 2017 winner of The Great British Bake Off, grab a souvenir photo in our Birthday Photobooth and try out some temporary tattoos to complete your Naval look. For visitors over 18, you can also enjoy a complimentary rum punch, inspired by the ‘tots, sippers and gulpers’ that were part of life in the Royal Navy all those years ago. Alongside all these activities, don’t miss your chance to explore all nine decks of the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, still moored today on the River Thames.