Friday On The Thames
The month-long Totally Thames programme is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of ways to get involved. This festival brings to life all 42 miles of the River Thames through a variety of arts, cultural and river events that take place in London throughout the month of September. They seek to increase visitation to the many assets and attractions the Thames and London have to offer.
If you are looking for something to do this Friday, Totally Thames is still offering several ways that you can get involved. Here are a few recommendations from West End On The Thames:
- From 1:15pm – 1:45pm, enjoy a free Thames-themed tour of the Tate Britain. Join a Tate Guide for this short tour that explores the significance of the Thames through art, leading you along the river as painted by artists such as Whistler, Turner and Constable.
- Friday is your last chance to enjoy a large-scale art installation situated in the centre of the River Thames near Millennium Bridge. Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s best known multimedia artists, constructed Floating Dreams from 500 illustrations drawn by the generation that fled from North Korea to South Korea during the conflict of the Korean War. These drawings of joyful and sorrowful memories of lost homes and broken families are illuminated from within a three-storey-high lantern structure that serves as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War. It also serves as a beacon of hope that someday North and South Korea will be reunified.
- If you’re looking for a more social gathering, take a break from work and join Totally Thames during lunchtime from 1pm – 2pm at St. Katharine Docks for live music on a floating pontoon. Grab some lunch from the World Food Market along the Thames, pull up a chair and enjoy the sounds of musicians from around the world.
If you missed any of the Totally Thames events and still want to learn more about the river, the River Thames Guide offers a selection of 5km. walks along 10 sections of the Thames, with longer walks for serious walkers. These guided walks run through the end of the year, so there is plenty of time to get out and enjoy the Thames from the riverbank. Visit www.riverthames.co.uk to learn more. If you are interested in getting out on the water and hosting your own event on the Thames, contact our sales team and enquire about hiring your own river boat.
By Victoria Shelton, an online content writer for the West End on the Thames.