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The Great River RaceRegarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

 

About River Thames

The River Thames, part of the longest river in England, is the waterway that winds its way through the centre of the capital. Once a bustling trade route bringing foreign trade to the city, it's now more commonly used for recreational purposes and the non-conformist commmuter. More about River Thames

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Pimlico Tube Station
 
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St James's Park Tube Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
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Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Westminster
 
11 minutes walk
 
Pimlico Masterpark
 
16 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Park Plaza London Riverbank
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £84  38% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
For understated chic this hotel on the banks of the Thames opposite the Tate Britain is a top choice. The rooms are clean and modern and ... More
 
 
 
Plaza on the River Club & Residence London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £126  37% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
Riverside rooms at this modern luxury hotel overlook the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye visible. All apartments features ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Westminster
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £97  21% off
30 John Islip Street, SW1P | 5 minutes from The Great River Race
Leave the laptop at home - every room at this hotel comes with its own Apple iMac. Across the river from the MI6 building, it's a ... More
 
 
 
 
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Joanna Piotrowska: All Our False Devices
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 8th March to 9th June 2019 - 10am-6pm
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
The artist's installation of black and white photographs and films relate to self-protection, psychophysical relationships and the power dynamics underlying how we relate to each other....More
 
 
 
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The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 27th March to 11th August 2019
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
Van Gogh's formative years, when he moved to London at the age of 20, instilled in him a lifelong love of the city, the latest Tate ...More
 
 
 
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Drag Idol
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Thursday 23rd May 2019 - 7pm-11.55pm
The Great River Race, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 | 6 minutes from The Great River Race
Theatre, Cabaret....More
 
 
 
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The Workshop
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
44 Lambeth High Street, Albert Embankment, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
Once the fire engine workshops of the London Fire Brigade, The Workshop on Albert Embankment in Lambeth is opening its doors once again, as a temporary ... More
 
 
 
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Above The Stag Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Arch 17, Miles Street, Lambeth, London SW8 | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
Above the Stag Theatre, one of London's most successful small theatres, re-opens in a brand new venue on 29th November 2013, in a renovated railway ... More
 
 
 
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other ... More
 
 
 
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Vauxhall City Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
165 Tyers Street, Lambeth, London SE11 | 6 minutes from The Great River Race
Vauxhall City Farm was transformed from derelict land in 1977 by a group of eager and dedicated volunteers. Now this 1.5 acre working farm ... More
 
 
 
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Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
Embassy Gardens, a new-build neighbourhood in Nine Elms on the South Bank, takes design inspiration from the Meatpacking District of New York with floor to ceiling ... More
 
 
 
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Lassco House & Garden
London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Battersea, London SW8 | 6 minutes from The Great River Race
Architectural salvage produces the most gloriously mismatched collection of pieces, all housed in this disused church. Stock changes constantly; look for anything from stuffed animals to ... More
 
 
 
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Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
On the second Saturday of the month Vintage Vauxhall brings together collective of dealers specialising in vintage, antiques, architectural reclamation as well ... More
 
 
 
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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
This prized vintage shop, in business for 40 years and bursting at the seams with a mixed bag of period clothing, is sadly closing down. Due ... More
 
 
 
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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain gets its name from the specially commissioned Rex Whistler mural, 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats', which provides ... More
 
 
 
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Madeira Patisserie
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
46A Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Great River Race
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Chino Latino
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 4 minutes from The Great River Race
... More
 
 
 
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 22 minutes from The Great River Race
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
 
 
 
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Chocolate Films Ltd
London > Education >
Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, Brixton, London SW9 | 23 minutes from The Great River Race
Chocolate Films is a South London based film production company and social enterprise which runs a wide variety of media courses including stop motion animation, light ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 30 minutes from The Great River Race
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from The Great River Race
Adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames , the Garden Museum provides an insight into the ... More
 
 
 
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Archbishop's Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from The Great River Race
This immaculate 10 acre park is the largest green space on the Southbank. Once part of Lambeth Palaces private gardens, Archbishop Tait originally donated the ... More
 
 
 
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Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
While Lords is the spiritual home of English cricket, it is The Oval (offically The Brit Insurance Oval), home of Surrey County Cricket Club, that fills ... More
 
 
 
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The Duchy Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
63 Sancroft Street, Lambeth, London SE11 | 11 minutes from The Great River Race
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The Fentiman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, London SW8 | 12 minutes from The Great River Race
The Fentiman Arms is a special pub in Lambeth a cricket ball's throw way from The Oval. They have a lovely wild garden out the back, ... More
 
 
 
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Nine Elms Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 | 13 minutes from The Great River Race
On Riverlight Quay near Battersea Power Station stands Young's pub Nine Elms Tavern, named after the neighbourhood created by the regeneration ... More
 
 
 
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Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
London's biggest and best gay venue, Fire hosts a cluster of different club nights including more and more straight-friendly one-off parties over the weekends. Newly redesigned ... More
 
 
 
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South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
340 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11 | 12 minutes from The Great River Race
Ten minutes from the nearest tube, in a drab and ugly corner of Oval, sits one of the most surreal nightlife experiences you can have in ... More
 
 
 
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 15 minutes from The Great River Race
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Tate Britain
London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
Conference facilities can accomodate up to 1550 people.... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from The Great River Race
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. Originally built in ... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from The Great River Race
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The Centre houses ... More
 
 
 

River Thames events

 
Totally ThamesTotally ThamesTotally ThamesMonth-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the wate2019-09-01T00:00:00+01002019-09-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
River Thames,   London      WC2H 7BP
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event > Kids Events
DATES  1st to 30th September 2019
VENUE  River Thames 
Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the wate... More about this event
 
The Great River RaceThe Great River RaceThe Great River RaceRegarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way alo2019-09-14T00:00:00+01002019-09-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
River Thames,   London      WC2H 7BP
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event > Sporting Events > Other Sports - Rowing
PRICING  Free for spectators
DATES  Saturday 14th September 2019
VENUE  River Thames 
Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way alo... More about this event
 
 

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Joanna Piotrowska: All Our False Devices
Exhibitions | Until 9th June 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

The artist's installation of black and white photographs and films relate to self-protection, psychophysical relationships and the power dynamics underlying ...More

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Exhibitions | Until 11th August 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Van Gogh's formative years, when he moved to London at the age of 20, instilled in him a lifelong love ...More

 
Mike Nelson
Exhibitions | Until 6th October 2019 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

The twice Turner Prize Award-nominee, best known for his large-scale, site-specific sculptural works, responds to the unique architecture of the ...More

Foam Talent / London
Exhibitions | Until 16th June 2019 

Beaconsfield 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Exhibitions & Art, Photography....More

Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself
Theatre | Until 25th May 2019 

Oval House 13 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Bella Heesom's personal exploration of female sexuality incorporates intimate stories, comic dialogues and expressive dance....More

Wicked
Wicked
Theatre | Until 23rd May 2020 

Apollo Victoria Theatre 17 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Prepare to see Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light after ...More

 
Hamilton
Hamilton
Theatre | Until 28th September 2019 

Victoria Palace Theatre 17 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize winning hip hop musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, tells the story of Alexander ...More

 
Nigel Slater's Toast
Theatre | Until 3rd August 2019 

The Other Palace Theatre 18 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Jonnie Riordan directs the West End transfer of Henry Filloux-Bennett's adaptation of the memoir by Nigel Slater about his 1960s ...More

Toast
Toast
Theatre | Until 3rd August 2019 

The Other Palace Theatre 18 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Based on Nigel Slater's award-winning autobiography, Toast recreates suburban England in the 1960s as Nigel's childhood is told through the ...More

 
Dinner is Coming
Dinner is Coming
Theatre | Until 2nd June 2019 

The Vaults 19 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Game Of Thrones fans can get fully immersed in their favourite show. As the final series airs Dinner Is Coming ...More

 

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Noel Coward Theatre

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Dining 

Created in celebration of the fashion house's founder, Thomas Burberry, the Burberry Classic Afternoon Tea serves a traditional menu within Thomas's Café....More

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