Join us at the Mayor’s Thames Festival this month – an amazing 10-day festival of free events celebrating London and its river. This biggest and free outdoor arts festivals will provide a huge range of  family-friendly events  with spectacular arts, theater and circus shows.


Running Friday 6 – Sunday 15 September 2013 The Mayor’s Thames Festival is set to stage an inspiring 10-day celebration of London’s iconic river through art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges. For the first time, the festival will extend beyond its usual concentrated weekend of riverside animations to a wider season of bespoke programming – creative new commissions, river events, and many activities to connect, involve, inspire and entice people down to the river and onto its waters.


Some of the events taking place this year include:

1513: A Ships’ Opera – a spectacular water-borne performance by Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski
• riverside screenings of Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Portrait of a River in 125 short films
• river inspired art commissions from Doug Fishbone, Hew Locke and Layla Curtis
• the Thames’ first floating art fair
• a 600-voice children’s choir perform Voyages of Discovery 
• a rally of Dunkirk Little Ships
• the Great River Race: 340 boats taking part in the river’s biggest race
• the Barge-Driving Race: 40ft steel barges competing in the river’s slowest race.


4The Mayor’s Thames Festival is London’s only river-focused multi-arts festival and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Although its principal focus is on and around the river between Lambeth Bridge and St Katharine Docks, it promotes activities that reach up to the source of the Thames and down to its mouth. Via its year-round learning and participation programme, Thames Festival Trust works with over 120 schools across London and internationally, engaging over 9,000 young people each year.

If you’re tempted to join London’s biggest river party this year, why not book your stay at London Thistle Hotels. We have four hotels ideally situated in the heart of the West End, within easy access to the Festival, but also perfect if you’re paying a visit to London’s Theatreland, sightseeing or hitting the shops in Oxford, Regent and Bond Street. 

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