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The Mayor’s Thames Festival & National Paralympic Day

SAUNDERS 1865 TEAM RECOMMENDATION: The Mayor’s Thames Festival & National Paralympic Day

River ThamesThe River Thames is one of the most iconic parts of London – in the same league as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park. It winds its way through some of London’s most beautiful boroughs and past some of the most important landmarks before eventually emptying out into the Thames estuary in the North Sea.

This weekend marks the beginning of the annual Mayor’s Thames Festival, which for the first time in its history will span 10 days and offer numerous free and fun events for all ages around the city.

Kick off the festivities with the family by heading down to the Thames to watch the annual Great River Race, which will begin at the Docklands and end 21 miles later in Ham, Surrey. Teams from all over the world will be converging on the city to partake in this course. Key viewing points include Tower Bridge and Kew Bridge at 12:10 and 2pm respectively, though the race will also pass through Westminster, Chiswick, Putney, and Richmond. 11am-3pm, Sat. Sept 7. Free.

This weekend also marks the first anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. National Paralympic Day is a free event that will be hosted at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford from noon until 8pm. British Athletes from last year’s Games will return to compete against others from around the world. Also taking place at the park will be the Liberty Festival, a disability arts festival that includes a combination of theatre, dance, live music, and film. 12-8pm, Sat. Sept 7. Free.

Nearest tube station: Stratford/Stratford International

Finally, as an added bonus, this weekend also boasts the chance for travel by steam locomotive! If you’re interested in discovering the rich history of the Tube and how much things have changed over the last 150 years, this is the time. The Metropolitan line will be offering steam locomotive rides for £15-45 between Amersham and Harrow-on-the-Hill on Saturday and Sunday. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the London Transport Museum’s website. Sat. & Sun. Sept 7-8. £15 – £45.


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