Celebrate the Beauty of the Thames this Autumn

Celebrate the Beauty of the Thames this Autumn

September 14, 2014 0 By Jane

“Totally Thames” is a riverside festival that takes place through the month of September each year. It represents the new culture of the city throughout the 42 mile stretch of London’s pride, the river Thames.

While backing packing to London to get the best of the “Totally Thames” festival, consider staying at one of the best Kings Cross hotels, like Comfort Inn Kings Cross St Pancras London, near Kings Cross Station in Central London, which offers clean and comfortable accommodation at budget rates.

The Best of the Totally Thames Festival

The festival has something for everyone, so take part in the activities with friends and family to get the best out of it.

  1. Mapping London (September 9 – September 14): For history enthusiasts

Daniel Crouch Rare Books brings an exhibition of London maps to the Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, which is just about 10 minutes from your Kings Cross hotel.

You will be able get a glimpse of the first printed London map, which was published in 1574. You can also view the extremely detailed modern map that depicts the investigated parts of subterranean London, with all its lost rivers and transport tunnels. You can also study the intricate Georgian examples by John Rocque and Oliver Cromwell.

While you are here for the London Mapping exhibition, go around the city and take in the historic sights that the British museum and British Library offer. You can reach these destinations through the underground tube network from St Prancras Station.

  1. The Great River Race (September 27): For athletes

The Great River Race is London’s traditional boat marathon, featuring over 300 crews. They start from Millwall in the east and go up to Ham in the west. Crews from around the world come to participate, right from those who want to enjoy a piece of the boating experience to serious sportsmen who look to win. For the best possible view of this stunning feat, head to the river side of Thames where you can catch a glimpse of these fleets throughout the day. You can even head to Ham House at 3:30 pm to catch the winner cross the finish line alongside booming cannon celebrations. Use this opportunity to visit Hyde Park, London Zoo and Regents Park too.

  1. Blue Ribbon Village (September 13 – September 14) : For the family

From tiny tots to teenagers and even parents and grandparents, Blue Ribbon Village is a two day river side festival packed with truckloads of fun for the entire family. It involves live music from the Boatshed Stage, a series of art and crafts activities for the entire family, poetry readings, dance and music. If you are coming to London for this festival, choose cheap and budget hotels near Kings Cross to make the most of your time here. Also consider visiting the rich Camden Market with your family for the best shopping and street food experience.

Although the “Totally Thames” festival is already in full swing, with the event having started on September 1, there is still a long way to go and over 100 events to explore until September 30.  There is an event for everyone, and something everyone can participate in.