The month long Thames oriented festival has published the details of what it is putting on this year.
Imagine a railway, working without steam, running on tall columns along the banks of the Thames -- for that was a scheme created to link Blackfriars with Charing Cross in the 1840s.
A company which operates flying boats in Scotland has announced plans to operate out of one of London's smaller airports, and land in an Essex river.
An architectural practice has shown off a concept for an unfolding ice rink which can be installed in places along the river and unfurl like a flower when the weather is right to form a natural ice rink.
No not that one, the other one. No, not that one either, the other one. Yes, this one -- the giant airport right in the centre of London on the Thames, next to Parliament.
The River Thames is a rather curvy beast, especially around the Isle of Dogs, but had a plan in 1796 been carried out, it would be considerably straighter.
The straw bales are back -- hanging from the wobbly bridge later this month.
Nearly 150 years ago, a miniature "Crystal Place" was moored on the Thames near Parliament, as a floating swimming bath.
In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.
Later this month, a bale of straw is to be hung from the Millennium Footbridge as a warning to boats on the Thames.
On the eve of the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, some 250 miniature lifeboats will also sail along the final mile of the route.
Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident on the Thames, the modern high speed boats that race to leave you would depart from one of the oldest intact parts of the riverside.
For nearly 1,700 years, the only bridge across the Thames was the famous London bridge, until Putney Bridge was constructed in 1726. Yet London very nearly had another bridge crossing the Thames, which may have been in fact constructed, at least in part before being abandoned.
The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing 'then and now' views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages.
The last frost fair took place 200 years ago about nowish -- if you ignore the recent frost fairs on the southbank, which involved neither frost, nor very much fair to be frank.
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