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Totally Thames 2021: Celebrate the capital’s river as the heritage and culture festival returns

Enjoy walking tours, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and more as the annual festival returns 1 – 30 September 2021.

The Rivers of the World exhibition returns for the Totally Thames festival
© Milo Robinson

Without the River Thames, London wouldn’t be the city it is today. With the capital returning to life following the end of lockdown, why not head to this year’s Totally Thames? The annual festival returns for the 25th year from 1 – 30 September 2021, boasting a host of events celebrating the heritage, environment and culture of the Thames. From mudlarking to art exhibitions to light installations and walking tours, there’s a variety of events for all ages. While many events are in-person, there will also be plenty to enjoy online as well.

This year’s festival will feature a series of mudlarking events, including an exhibition of fascinating finds, portraits of mudlarkers, an immersive talk, an online writing workshop and Archaeological Foreshore Walks. Meanwhile, the riverside neighbourhoods of Silvertown and Woolwich will be the focus of heritage events, such as walking tours, a photography exhibition and history talks.

The Rivers of the World exhibition will return to the riverside by the Tate Modern with children’s artwork inspired by the river. Children and youth from Greenwich have teamed up with Ghanian schools and professional artists to produce a collection of artworks.

There will also be a series of events marking the completion of Leo Villareal’s Illuminated River project. The world’s longest public art installation sees the bridges of Lambeth, Westminster, Golden Jubilee, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Millennium, Southwark, Cannon Street and London lit up from sunset to 2am. Illuminated River will curate a three-day celebration from 23 – 25 September, including guided tours, talks and sketching workshops.

  • Totally Thames runs from 1 – 30 September 2021. At various locations on and around the River Thames. Prices for events vary, but many are free. For more information and booking, visit the Thames Festival Trust website.

Find out what else is on in London in September 2021 here.

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Guide to what’s on in London in June 2014

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2013

Imagine you’re in the country at Polo In The Park

Spring flew by and now we’re in June, the summer is finally here (let’s hope it sticks around and provides some decent weather!). Aside from Wimbledon and World Cup, there’s also plenty going on in London around town. Festival season is kicking off with a mix of free and paid-for events in the capital.

For a guide to open-air cinemas in London, click here.

For a guide of where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon on the big screen this summer, click here.

For a guide to music festivals in and around London this summer, click here.

  • 2 – 8 June : London Wine Week

Bars, restaurants and other surprising venues are celebrating London Wine Week with a variety of offers and events around the capital. To get the most out of it, buy a £10 wristband so you can enjoy wine at some of the capital’s best restaurants for as little as £5. For more information, visit the London Wine Week website.

  • 4 – 7, 11-13, 18-20 June : More London Free Festival

Free fringe festival in The Scoop, near Potter’s Field Park by the Thames. Starting with an opening street party with live Latin and Caribbean music and dance. Shows include The Pantaloons – History Of Britain and Merry Opera Company – Kiss Me, Figaro. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.

  •  6 – 8 June : Stoke Newington Literary Festival

A festival featuring readings, workshops and performances at venues across the suburb, including the Town Hall, Library and Abney Park Cemetery. Tickets range from free to £10. Ray Davies, Mark Kermode, Lynn Barber and Jukebox Fury among the names taking part. For more information and tickets, visit the Stoke Newington Literary Festival website.

  • 6  – 8 June : Sidelines: Football Film Festival

A weekend of thought-provoking films based around sport and human rights hosted by Amnesty International. Includes the UK première of Eric Cantona’s new documentary Looking for Rio. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, Hackney, E8 1HE. Nearest train/overground: Hackney Central. For more information visit the Amnesty International website.

  • 6 – 8 June : London Swing Festival

Fifth annual London Swing Festival. Once again we bringing together people from all over the world, a team of inspiring teachers and fabulous bands to some of London’s finest ballrooms for an annual celebration of Swing dance and Swing music in London. For more information, vist the London Swing Festival website.

  • 6 – 8 June : London Foodies Festival @ Clapham Common

Enjoy fine food and drink, teach your kids to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre, listen to live music, tea dances, vintage kitchen market and watch chefs in action such as Natalie Coleman, Shelina Permalloo. Steven Edwards, Andrew Kojima, Mat Follas and Steve Groves. Tickets start from £12. 11am-8pm. Clapham Common, SW4. Nearest train station: Clapham Common or Clapham Junction. For more information and tickets, visit the Foodies Festival website.

  • 6 – 8 June : Junipalooza Gin Festival

An event dedicated to gin, featuring fun, immersive installations that combine botanicals, industrial warehousing, music and gin. There will be a variety of bars serving over 40 gins. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website. Tickets start from £20. Factory 7, 13 Hearn Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3LS. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Gin Foundry website.

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