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The Thames

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Meander down the Thames with us and relive the period when the river would sometimes freeze. We stop off along the way to search for treasure the Thames may hold, and catch up with water-poet John Taylor.

Join Us on a Riverboat Trip: the MI6 building to Waterloo Bridge

The Thames is an icon that physically links many others as it flows through the English countryside. Travelling even a short stretch through central London you float past numerous icons nominated by people worldwide and written about on this site. The broad sweep of the river at this point provides the space to see things more clearly than the bustle of London normally allows and gives a fresh perspective on the familiar. ICONS took a journey downstream – why don’t you join us and learn something new about some familiar things?

Join Us on a Riverboat Trip: the MI6 building to Waterloo Bridge
Riverboat Trip, part two: Somerset House to Canary Wharf

Riverboat Trip, part two: Somerset House to Canary Wharf

The second leg of ICONS' icon-spotting trip down the Thames…

The Thames Estuary

Travel with ICONS on a tour of the Thames Estuary. With the flat landscape of Essex and Kent to the north and south, this seems a featureless place. Yet the estuary undergoes dramatic changes every day, as the sea pulls back to reveal miles of mudflats, creeks and marshes, all teeming with wildlife.

Frost Fairs

Frost Fairs

Travel along the Thames and every historic place you pass – docks, palaces, churches and cathedrals – all vie for attention. And every inch of the river itself has a tale to tell. When English winters were much harsher than today, festivals known as frost fairs were held on the frozen water.

Mudlarking About

It's not surprising that the Thames foreshore receives so few visitors: interrupted only by the dripping bulk of bridges and wharves, the wet, inky mud is studded with bits of brick, mangled chairs, sections of pipe, broken pint glasses, shards of pottery, crumpled tennis balls and bleached carrier bags…

Mudlarking About
John Taylor, the Water-Poet

John Taylor, the Water-Poet

Nowadays (depending on the traffic), a quick way to get round London might be to jump in a black cab. As you are whisked to your destination you may find your cabbie keen to regale you with his views on society’s ills and the famous people he’s had in the back.

Ten Things…

From the Great Fire to the positively gruesome, our facts will test your knowledge of the Thames.

Ten Things…