Take a look back at our twenty-one year rich and varied highlights.
Thames Festival 1997
The first ever Thames Festival left the city enchanted as two tightrope walkers crossed the river 1,200 feet in the air.
Didier Pasquette and Jade Kindar-Martin set a Guinness World Record when they walked from the OXO Tower to HMS Wellington.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2001
We became the Mayor’s Thames Festival in recognition of how central the festival was to London’s cultural offer.
Kid's Choir, 2003
We launched a new schools project aimed at increasing and supporting singing in schools.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2003
This years festival climaxed with the Midnight Menagerie Procession of Light, led by the stunning Bajra the Peacock Boat made in West Bengal by lighting expert Sridhar Das.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2005
This year we worked with artists Charles Beauchamp and Julieta Rubio on the ever-popular The Night Carnival in collaboration with Johanna Primary School.
Rivers of the World, 2005
We launched a new cross-curricular arts education programme delivered in partnership with the British Council in secondary schools connecting young people with their local river and peers around the world.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2006
The first Feast on the Bridge kicked off with great joy! Designed to bring people together to share food, talk, dance and to reclaim a beautiful bridge in the heart of the city.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2007
Tens of thousands of people flocked to the riverside for the festival's tenth birthday to enjoy fine river-inspired art, fireworks and feasting!
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
On 3 June 2012, London enjoyed one of the biggest events on the river featuring 50 Dunkirk little ships, the 16 Chinese dragon boats, sea kayaks, tugboats and fireboats spouting water jets 70 feet into the air.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival 2012
In keeping with Olympic Games fever the 16th annual festival paid homage to Rio, drawing around 800,000 people to the waterside between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge plus a six meter high Lady Godiva led the Night Carnival.
Totally Thames, 2014
An exciting new, month-long celebration of London’s river, Totally Thames launched featuring over a 100 river-related events with new art commissions from Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman called HippopoThames.