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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
 
6 minutes walk
 
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 £93  35% 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 £134  25% 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 £91  35% 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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All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 28th February to 27th August 2018
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
A large-scale painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and artistic rival Lucian Freud is part of Tate Britain's landmark exhibition, All Too Human, which begins ...More
 
 
 
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Art Now: Lisa Brice
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 26th April to 27th August 2018 - 10am-6pm
The Great River Race, Millbank, SW1P | 2 minutes from The Great River Race
Large-scale works by the South African-born, London-based painter, addressing the longstanding art-historical tradition of the female nude, shown alongside sketches, studies and drawings....More
 
 
 
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Bearpit Karaoke
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Saturday 8th September 2018 - 3pm-6pm
The Great River Race, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 | 5 minutes from The Great River Race
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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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Great River Race
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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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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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Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens
London > Attractions > Sights
Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, London SW8 | 7 minutes from The Great River Race
A stunning outdoor Sky Pool links two residential buildings in the Embassy Gardens development, a new neighbourhood in Nine Elms near Battersea Park. High up on ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near The Great River Race
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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
 
 
 

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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 wate2018-09-01T00:00:00+01002018-09-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
River Thames,   London      WC2H 7BP
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event > Kids Events
DATES  1st to 30th September 2018
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 alo2018-09-08T00:00:00+01002018-09-08T00:00:00+0100 Where:
River Thames,   London      WC2H 7BP
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event > Sporting Events > Other Sports - Rowing
PRICING  Free for spectators
DATES  Saturday 8th September 2018
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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Art Now: Lisa Brice
Exhibitions | Until 27th August 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Large-scale works by the South African-born, London-based painter, addressing the longstanding art-historical tradition of the female nude, shown alongside sketches, ...More

Anthea Hamilton: The Squash
Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

The artist, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, transforms the heart of Tate Britain with sculpture and ...More

Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton
Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton
Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, Anthea Hamilton is the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission. Renowned ...More

 
Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One
Aftermath: Art In The Wake Of World War One
Exhibitions | Until 16th September 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

A century since the end of WWI Tate Britain takes a look at how artists responded to the physical and ...More

 
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Exhibitions | Until 27th August 2018 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from The Great River Race

A large-scale painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and artistic rival Lucian Freud is part of Tate Britain's landmark ...More

 
Bar Wotever
Theatre | Until 18th December 2018 

Royal Vauxhall Tavern 6 minutes walk from The Great River Race

A night for friendly and open minded people who know how to pay attention. We champion a big group of ...More

Grindr: The Opera!
Theatre | Until 26th August 2018 

Above The Stag Theatre 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

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Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic
Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic
Exhibitions | Until 30th September 2018 

Garden Museum 9 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Enchanting and magical, Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies have been an inspiration to generations and this summer the Garden Museum ...More

 
Zip Now London
Zip Now London
Sporting Events | Until 4th September 2018 

Archbishop's Park 11 minutes walk from The Great River Race

Zip Now London gave us a thrilling ride through the London skies last summer and this year it's back and ...More

 
Sea Creatures
Sea Creatures
Exhibitions | Until 30th August 2018 

Royal Horticultural Halls 13 minutes walk from The Great River Race

This summer, Lawrence Hall at the Royal Horticultural Halls hosts a groundbreaking new exhibition that delves deep into the ocean. ...More

 

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Pergola is back in west London and this time it's fully enclosed and open all ...More

 
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POPfit's boutique UK studio and the UK's first Fabletics store is on Sidworth Street in ...More

 
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Eccleston Yards

This is just what we need after our hectic summer holidays... a free wellness playground ...More

 
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Gasholders No. 11 is one of three gasholders, now in their new home north of Regent's Canal and next to Gasholder Park, known as the 'Siamese Triplet' because their frames are joined....More

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

A drama set in Derbyshire in 1665 when plague strikes a village at war with ...More

 
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A mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and ...More

 
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