Thames Thrills

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On and off the river

The river Thames isn’t just a long blue line on a map. There are in fact many events around and on the river that are particularly pleasant in the wake of summer. From BBQ boats to a comedy club, there’s loads to see and do on the Thames.

Thames boat race

The 194 year old race continues on March 30, where elite universities Cambridge and Oxford take part in the yearly rowing race on the river Thames. The best place to watch is in Fulham FC stadium, where they will have big screens livestreaming the event and drinks stands on the river bank. Equally, the Hammersmith viewing area has plenty of pubs and restaurants that overlook the river. Wherever you are, vibrant energy will surround the Thames on the day.

London Marathon

There are many places to watch the annual race, but our pick is at Cutty Sark. Situated by the Thames, local pubs, restaurants and shops will be supporting turning the event into an energizing day out. The race kicks off at around 9:30am, and runners will run around the Cutty Sark ship from 10:30, but we suggest getting there early as it will be very busy!

Uber boat by Thames Clippers

If you’re having a day out in London, the Thames boat is a great way to see London landmarks and get a change of scenery, away from the rush. The boat goes between Barking Riverside Pier in the East and Putney Pier in the West. The boat is also a fast-track method of transport if going into central London - we recommend going from Greenwich to Embankment for the best views. Services run from early in the morning until late at night 7 days a week, and you can use your contactless card to hop on and off.


The Southbank always has something to do. Watch tricks at the famous skatepark under the bridge, go to the urban beach in the summer or visit the Southbank centre for exhibitions, plays and more! Not to mention, a street food market with over 20 delicious eats on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find out more here.

Waterside restaurants

There are a plethora of riverside restaurants to choose from. These can be found across Richmond, Kingston, near Battersea Power Station, and of course along Southbank. Top choices include The Anchor in Wisley, The Crabtree in Hammersmith, The White Hart in Barnes, Sam’s Riverside in Fulham, the Riverside Brasserie at The Mitre Hampton Court, Café spice namaste in Newham.

Hot tub and BBQ boats 

This is definitely one of London’s most unique experiences, allowing up to 10 people per boat with a fully equipped BBQ and food (or bring your own!) for 2 hours. Skuna Boats also offers a Hot-tub boat for up to 7 people, that is heated to 38C, which is perfect for all weather conditions, sun, rain or snow. These floating parties are docked at Canary wharf, only a 2 minute walk from Point A Canary Wharf.

Floating comedy club

The boat show comedy club is between Big Ben and embankment station on the river Thames. From Jack Whitehall to Romesh Ranganathan, masters and novices of comedy come to this intimate space 8:30-10pm every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.

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