Location Spotlight: River Thames
The River Thames is famous all around the world thanks to its rich history and affiliation with the city of London and further afield. If you’re searching for a hotel along the River Thames, then Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect choice. Read on to learn more about this interesting river.
The River Thames flows through southern England including London. Statistically it is 215 miles (346 km) long, making it the longest river that is entirely in England but only the second longest in the UK – the River Severn takes that title! Known for being an economic resource, a maritime route, a boundary and importantly, a source of fresh water and food, in recent times people also enjoy the river as a leisure activity, as it flows through Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. The river rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire and from there flows into the North Sea via the Thames Estuary. The Thames has an important job – it drains the whole of Greater London.
Facts about the Thames
In Oxford, the river is known affectionately as the Isis. This is thought to derive from the ancient name for the Thames, Tamesis.
1843 saw The Thames become home to the world’s first underwater tunnel which is still used today by London Underground. Within these waters you can find a rare breed of seahorse called the short-snouted seahorse. It’s clear that wildlife is prevalent both along and within the river; Swan Upping is an annual tradition where baby swans are officially counted, a pastime which stems from when royalty wanted to monitor the population for consumption.
Did you know that The Thames used to freeze? In centuries past annual ‘Frost Fares’ were popular with Londoners that included bonfires, stalls and games.
Things to do
Whether you want to dine, walk or take a boat ride, there are plenty of things to do on the River Thames. If you’re looking for riverside restaurants in Surrey then our beautiful dining space offers impressive views of the river and delicious food. Should you want to get onto the river itself, you can enjoy a boat ride from Hampton Court towards Westminster, Kew and Richmond. You can find out more about boat trips here. Walkers love to roam along the banks of the Thames – discover a new walking route by clicking here.