Launched in 2019, the Illuminated River project transformed the capital at night, bathing the bridges that cross the Thames in environmentally-friendly LED light. This year, the project has expanded tremendously. Now Blackfriars, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth bridges have joined London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges, which were the initial bridges to undergo vivid night-time transformations. Back in 2019, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ sell-out tours took passengers on a guided cruise beneath the first four bridges to be bathed in light. Two years later, they’re delighted to be launching an expanded tour of the nine bridges which form the world’s longest piece of public art; showcasing the spectacle from the river itself! Join them for an Illuminated River Official Boat Tour, departing Tower Pier at 21:30. You’ll hear from City of London and Westminster Guides as you glide beneath the newly-reborn architectural, social and historical landmarks that have shaped the capital’s history. The first tour takes place on Thursday 2 September and they will run on either Thursdays or Saturdays until Thursday 30 December, with a special tour presented by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (the British architectural practice behind the project) on Friday 24 September. Book here.
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.
Join ZSL in a virtual reality journey beneath the surface of the Thames. Located beside No.1 London Bridge on the Queen’s Walk riverpath, ZSL’s virtual reality portal by the Thames will take you on a thrilling journey below the surface of London’s great river. As you ‘swim’ along you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species and keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! ZSL is a conservation charity, working in the Thames and around the world to stop wild animals going extinct. This virtual reality experience is part of ZSL’s celebration of the river through our Mother Thames campaign. ZSL believe that the River Thames is London’s wildlife secret. Porpoises, seals and seahorses live in the Thames along with eels and smelt (the fish that smells like cucumber). Many of these amazing animals are born and raised in the river, or Mother Thames as we like to call her. What may look like murky water is a river thriving with life, and ZSL is working to ensure it stays that way. Together with partners and volunteers we’re making great progress – from being declared biologically dead in the 1950s, the River Thames is now a hub of life thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The Thames needs all of us to ensure a future for its wildlife. Join ZSL’s #MotherThames campaign as they celebrate the secret wildlife in the capital city and work with them to protect it. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for our wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support ZSL there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! Part of Totally Thames 2019.
Totally Thames is back again this year to take the river by storm and fill it to the brim with events celebrating the lifeblood of London. With over 100 events stretching over the 42 mile length of the Thames in London and a mixture of arts, heritage, family and river events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this September. London Bridge highlights include the Bascule Chamber Concerts, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge, Just Type meets River Thames, Discover London’s Wildlife Secret with ZSL, Illuminated River Boat Tours, Sing for Water, Kid’s Choir at The Scoop, Red Umbrella, Song of the Sea, and the Henry Reichhold exhibition: One Hour. For the full 2019 programme go to totallythames.org Team London Bridge is a sponsor of Totally Thames.
The Summer holidays have arrived and MBNA Thames Clippers has a summer of adventure in store for your little monsters. London’s River Bus service has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation to create a fun-filled treasure trail and quiz through the Capital with Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. Stuck for ideas for a summer day out? The Monster River Trail will keep the whole family entertained with its eight-stop route at iconic London spots where monster fans can collect clues at each stop along the way. To be in with a chance of winning a family holiday to Tenerife, or one of 20 merchandise goody bags, simply answer three out of the eight questions correctly. Aspiring monsters who want to be involved in the fun can collect a Monster River Trail leaflet at an MBNA Thames Clippers’ pier to follow the map. In addition, all adventurous humans who complete the trail will automatically get a reward. Simply hand your completed trail form back at one of the manned piers to get yours. The MBNA Thames Clippers Monster River Trail is live until the end of the summer holidays (9 September 2018). For more information and full competition Terms & Conditions, please visit thamesclippers.com/monstervacation . MBNA Thames Clippers services depart from London Bridge City Pier every 20 minutes.
image credit Hydar Dewachi An exhibition following the living history of London’s boatyards, documented as part of the Working River project. Telling the stories of boat builders from Teddington to the Thames Barrier, the project has recorded the working lives of these boatyards, their history and their legacy for the river today. This exhibition features the photography of Hydar Dewachi, who was commissioned this summer to respond to these yards, and the people who work there. There will also be lunchtime screenings of the documentary film produced for the project about the boatyards, by production company digital:works. Part of Totally Thames. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. · Twitter · Facebook · Instagram
The Explore London ticket will unlock the Emirates Air Line, MBNA Thames Clippers and Santander Cycles for Londoners and visitors. A unique ticket will offer visitors to London three exciting ways to travel around the city, using the Emirates Air Line, MBNA Thames Clippers and Santander Cycles for less. Visitors can now enjoy an all-day ticket that offers scenic trips on MBNA Thames Clippers’ high speed vessels along the River Thames, relaxing rides on Santander Cycles and a breath-taking flight on the Emirates Air Line cable car. Customers will save money by buying these combined offers as opposed to buying the tickets individually. Visitors will be able to glide along the River Thames on an MBNA Thames Clippers catamaran with a hop-on, hop-off ticket, cycle round the city on a Santander Cycles and soar 100m above the river for stunning views of London, for a combined price of £25 offering a total saving of 20 per cent. The ticket offering Santander Cycles and MBNA Thames Clippers only will cost £16.70, which is also a saving of 20 per cent. Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “The Explore London ticket combines three superb ways to travel around the city and enjoy the sights, all at a discounted price. “Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a Londoner you’ll enjoy a high-speed trip along the River Thames, a relaxing ride on a Santander Cycle and the breath-taking views from the Emirates Air Line cable car.” Tickets will be available via the MBNA Thames Clippers site for six months from 27 June, visit tfl.gov.uk/explore-london-tickets for more information.