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The most important river in England has inspired many world famous artists and writers… Turner, Whistler and Constable… Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame and many more. Without the Thames, there would be no Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows or The Water Babies.

Watercolour Riverside
Watercolour riverside

Daniel Defoe described it as ‘the silver Thames’ – a liquid coin running down through the heart of London. Always a source of commerce and power, the Thames became the river of pleasure in the Edwardian period when it became the fashion for everyone from Earls to Cockneys to mess around on the river.

There are over 200 islands on the River Thames, some of which are inhabited and others which are nature reserves or overgrown and left to the wilderness.

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