London has had a very special and memorable year so far and there will be no better way to celebrate than at this year’s Thames Festival, an extraordinary free London festival, which coincides with the closing weekend of the London 2012 Games.
On the 8th and 9th of September there is an exciting variety of entertainment, with something for the whole family, happening between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge. It’s a great family trip to London, and it’s free.
There are all kinds of activities and shows to choose from. You can explore the river’s wildlife in the Festival’s river and environment zone, see the Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Shishi-Odori (pronounce that, if you can) Dance Troupe from Japan, or put your ear plugs in and watch 400 musicians playing 1,000 steel pans in the record-breaking One Thousand Pans - a tribute to passing the Olympic torch to Rio. For the full listing of events click here.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festival finale. A night carnival will take over Victoria Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge, setting off at 7.15pm from Upper Ground. Expect bold, beautiful costumes and enchanting street theatre. Then, get your positions ready for a view of the dazzling firework display which takes off from a barge on the river between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
And, of course, if you are coming to London for the Thames Festival 2012 and are looking for a luxury family hotel, we would love to hear from you. We can assure you that our very own Fleming Frog will do his best to make you children’s stay comfortable and enjoyable.