Sadly a prior booking is taking me out of London for most of the weekend so I’ll be missing the Mayor’s Thames Festival which takes place on Saturday and Sunday. If you’re nor familiar with the festival, this annual event is a glorious celebration of our river without which the city probably wouldn’t exist.
We’re surrounded by so much history and culture in the capital and one of the great things about the festival is it reminds us that celebrating this inheritance doesn’t have to be ‘stuffy’ or formal – last year the Feast on the Bridge was the biggest draw of the weekend with Southwark bridge packed to capacity as festival-goers sampled some great food.
If you’re able to get into central London do consider joining the fun for what’s always a great event. I’ve never heard of anyone going along and not having a great time.
(If you’re not going but are traveling into central London you might want to take note of the road closures in force)
Even if you’re unable to attend, you might be one of those lucky souls who, thanks to wise planning decisions by generations of past civic leaders, are able to enjoy the spectacular firework finale from their gardens and balconies.
By the way, if you’re feeling inspired by the festival and want to learn more about the Thames I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Peter Ackroyd’s ‘Thames: Sacred River’.