This month the annual celebration of the River Thames is back and bigger than ever. Set up and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, the Totally Thames Festival is a diverse and creative programme that aims to inspire and connect the city of London. The month long festival takes place on, beneath and along the 42-mile long stretch of the River Thames. It features loads of exciting and unique events throughout the month of September, including exhibitions, walks, river races, challenges and more. Check out our Totally Thames Festival highlights:
On Wednesday 27th September at 7.30pm, the Big London River Quiz will set sail from Westminster Pier. You will cruise past London’s iconic landmarks whilst working in teams to prove your knowledge of London’s most-loved waterway. There will be a lot of amazing prizes to win so make sure you brush up on your London-based trivia before you board.
Throughout the duration of the Totally Thames Festival, this innovative art piece will be on display at various riverside locations. Future Dust is a large scale artwork designed to focus on the issue of plastic pollution in the Thames. Created by artist Maria Arceo, the piece invites the public to consider their perception of the impact that plastic pollution has on our environment.
Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, and it is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special show for Totally Thames Festival. On Monday 25th September you can board the Dixie Queen Paddle Steamer and sail down the River Thames whilst experiencing live literature, music and improvisation. Chris Redmond will host the night and will be accompanied by the Tongue Fu band and many more special guests.
Another event that you can enjoy throughout all of September, this exhibition explores the history of boat yards on the Thames over the last 60 years. You can learn about the working lives of boat builders such as Mark Edwards, Bill Colley and Edward Leppard. The exhibition also features a documentary film produced by Digital:Works.
From the 22nd to the 24th of September, you can indulge in a weekend of unique entertainment within Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chambers. The subterranean space is usually not open to the public however you can experience its atmospheric charm for yourself for three days only. Composer and curator Iain Chambers returns this year with a brand new programme, showcasing major new works, spoken word performances, and an immersive sound walk exploring London’s greatest hidden space.
With a huge number of Totally Thames Festival events taking place throughout September, you are guaranteed to find something that everyone will love! Why not join us at The Rembrandt for a bite to eat after exploring the festival? You can spoil yourself with a delicious dinner in Palette Restaurant, or a light lunch in 1606 Lounge Bar. Book your table online today, or call us on 020 3740 7145.
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