Great River Race

Totally Thames

Saturday 8 September 2018

As part of the Totally Thames Festival the Great River Race will be run upstream from London Docklands to Ham. The gruelling 21 mile course attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower. Around 330 crews from all over the globe take part – all traditional style with a minimum of 4 oars or paddles and carrying a cox and passenger.

Come down to Chiswick Pier to watch the Great River Race on Saturday 8th September. The race begins at Docklands at 09.50 on a “slowest first, fastest last” handicap basis. The first boats should be passing Chiswick Pier by 11.45 with the winner arriving at Ham by around 13.00.

Chiswick Pier is a wonderful vantage point for spectators. The Pier House will be open from 11.00 and hot and cold refreshments including wine and beer will be on sale. Please do come and join us

Great River Race 9th Sept

As part of the Totally Thames Festival the Great River Race will be run upstream from London Docklands to Ham. The gruelling 21 mile course attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower. Around 330 crews from all over the globe take part – all traditional style with a minimum of 4 oars or paddles and carrying a cox and passenger.
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Through the Porthole 10th Sept

Through the Porthole – Houseboat Living on the Thames
Sunday, 10 September, 1:45 – 4:00pm

To celebrate TideFest 2017 we are presenting a double-bill on the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of houseboat life on the Thames: Read More

River of Beer 26th Sept

The Thames and its many Breweries

Tuesday, 26 September, 7:30pm

Beer historian Martyn Cornell looks at the important role the Thames has played in the history of brewing in Britain, the many once famous breweries that grew up alongside the river and the classic beer styles invented and brewed on its banks including Porter and IPA.   Following the talk, there will be a chance to taste some of the best beer still brewed by the Thames courtesy of Fuller's and Head Brewer Georgina Young.

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Monet and the Thames 30th Oct

Talks by the Thames

This talk is part of our annual ‘Talks by the Thames’ season, inspired by the history and ecology of the Thames. The season typically runs from September to March and features a different guest speaker each month. Read on for details of other upcoming and past talks.

Monday, 30 October, 7:30pm

French impressionist Monet was fascinated with the Thames and painted it many times. The National Gallery’s Matthew Morgan joins us for an illustrated talk on the great artist, his bond with our great river and his love of London fog. A major exhibition of Monet’s work arrives at the National Gallery shortly after this talk in early 2018.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Frost Fairs on the River 28th Nov

Tuesday, 28 November, 7:30pm

The Thames froze solid at least seven times between 1309 and 1813, and the ice was thick enough to support a full-blown fair. Hazel Forsyth of the Museum of London presents the history and paintings of these ‘Frost Fairs’ and describes the final Frost Fair of 1814 when an elephant was led across the ice by Blackfriars Bridge.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Bridges that Built London

Tuesday 27 February at 19.30

The folklore and ecology of Thames bridges – including worship, murder and magic.

By Chris Roberts

The talk will look at how London developed and is shaped by its bridges; the folklore and ecology of the Thames as well as its literary associations and, finally, worship, murder and magic around the Thames and, more specifically, Chiswick Pier.

In a sense the old city of London is defined by the first London Bridge, and the stretch of the river valley we today know as the London Thames is by the bridges that link communities on either side of the river. The bridges help to establish not only the physical shape of London but ask questions about the scale and concept of the city itself. Each bridge has its own contribution to make to the development of the city. They also affect the ecology, tidal flow and add to existing folklore of a river which was a place of worship long before Romans came and remains so to this day.

These are the tales the bridges (and river) tell informing our sense of what London is, what is to be a Londoner.

Chris Roberts is a writer, librarian and London tour guide. He created the London liars’ tours and has four published books including Cross River Traffic – a history of London’s Bridges. He also set up and edited the 21st Century Penny Dreadful –One Eye Grey- that combined his interest in London, folklore, the Thames and noir fiction.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Unbuilt London

Tuesday January 30th at 19.30

A talk that guarantees you will never look at London in the same way

By Matt Brown

Imagine the Vatican relocating to London, or a model Mars colony on the Jubilee line, or a fungus farm under Tottenham Court Road. Joke? Not really. These are all ideas for London that have been considered over the years.

In a talk that guarantees you will never look at London in the same way, author and journalist Matt Brown will illuminate some of the extraordinary schemes that didn’t make it past the planners. These include several ideas about the Thames - one of which involved moving the river a mile to the south…

Matt has been writing professionally about the capital since 2005. He's served as first editor, then editor-at-large of Londonist, a web site dedicated to the history and culture of London. His recent books include London Night and Day and Everything You Know About London Is Wrong. Matt likes to dip into the hidden histories of London, unearthing long-lost stories from newspaper archives, or exploring the parts of the capital not normally accessible, such as sewers, rooftops and basements.

The Unbuilt London idea originated from an article in the Londonist where the tube map of London was rejigged to show some of the wackier schemes that had been considered for the capital. It became one of the most popular articles ever posted on the site, and is now a regular feature.
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Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Arts and Crafts Movement

Tuesday 24 April at 19.30

Emery Walker and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Hammersmith

By Julie Ashdown, OBE

English engraver, photographer and printer, Emery Walker was a friend of William Morris and a key player in the Arts and Crafts movement. His house in Hammersmith Terrace was opened last year to huge acclaim, with sell-out number of visitors. Hammersmith Terrace was a particular ‘hot-spot’ for members of the Arts and Crafts movement, including William Morris. This talk will cover Emery Walker’s life, the house and highlights of the contents, as well as the artistic community that lived along the Thames in that area.

Julie Ashdown OBE is a retired diplomat and diversity adviser who is a volunteer at the Emery Walker House.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.