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  • The Thames Festival
  • The Thames Festival
  • Approx. 12 minutes from Russell Square Underground Station. Take the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square and change here for the Northern line to Embankment underground station. 

    The Mayor's annual Thames Festival was first launched in 1997, and will once again be gracing the banks of the River Thames on the weekend of the 8th and 9th September to round off an amazing summer in London. It has grown into one of London's biggest outdoor free arts festivals celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the capital.

    The Thames Festival 2012 will host an extensive programme of entertainment, which will see the riverbanks lines with craft and food market stalls, street entertainers, art installations, theatre performances, circus acts and live music - all taking place between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.
    On Sunday evening Victoria Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge will close to traffic for one night making way for a fantastic Night Carnival illuminated parade. The parade will feature around 1,500 dancers, drummers, lantern-carriers and costumed masqueraders, with music, dance and a lively carnival atmosphere. Starting at Upper Ground, behind the National Theatre, the carnival sets off at 7.15pm, heads north over Blackfriars Bridge, then turns left on to Victoria Embankment.

    The festival will conclude with a spectacular firework display from a barge on the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.
    For more information visit http://thamesfestival.org/ 
    Saturday 8th and S
    Nearest tube: Embankment/Temple/Blackfri
    ars9th September 2012
    12 noon - 10pm
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