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The mystery of the London skeleton still wearing his boots
The mystery of the London skeleton still wearing his boots

A skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, still wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by archaeologists in Bermondsey.

Military exercises on the Thames later this month
Military exercises on the Thames later this month

Look out for black boats speeding along the Thames firing guns at each other later this month.

New images show the future of the Thames Embankment
New images show the future of the Thames Embankment

Images of what the Thames Embankment will look like when the Super Sewer is completed have been released.

Tickets Alert: Steam boat trips on the Thames
Tickets Alert: Steam boat trips on the Thames

Next month will offer a chance to take a trip down the Thames in a steam powered tug. The steam tug Portwey is one of only two twin screw, coal fired steam tugs now active, and is based in Docklands.

Thames Tideway tunnels open day
Thames Tideway tunnels open day

The “super sewer” tunnel boring machines that will be digging under the Thames will be on show at a public open day in a couple of weeks time.

Another tunnel boring machine prepares to dive under London
Another tunnel boring machine prepares to dive under London

Tideway, the company building the super sewer under the Thames, has recently completed a key milestone with the excavation of its first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) launch shaft.

Take a trip on the last coal fired twin engine steam tug
Take a trip on the last coal fired twin engine steam tug

Based in London’s docklands is the Portwey, thought to be the UK’s last remaining twin engine steam tug still powered by coal.

New pedestrian route planed for Barnes railway bridge
New pedestrian route planed for Barnes railway bridge

A section of the Thames that is currently blocked for pedestrians by a railway bridge could soon get it’s own dedicated footbridge to avoid a nasty detour.

Book review: The river’s tale: archaeology on the Thames foreshore
Book review: The river’s tale: archaeology on the Thames foreshore

Ten years of archaeological discovery on the Thames has been explored in the first ever book by the Thames Discovery Programme.

Emergency exercise to take place outside MI5 Headquarters
Emergency exercise to take place outside MI5 Headquarters

There are to be two exercises carried out by the emergency services over the next few weeks – on the river outside MI5’s head office.

Three fireworks displays on the Thames
Three fireworks displays on the Thames

A date for your diaries, as next month, there will be three separate fireworks displays on the Thames in central London.

Unbuilt London: The Crystal Span Bridge
Unbuilt London: The Crystal Span Bridge

Forget garden bridges and wobbly bridges and tower bridges, what we really need in London is a 7-story high crystal bridge!

Totally Thames festival announces events
Totally Thames festival announces events

The month long Thames oriented festival has published the details of what it is putting on this year.

Unbuilt London: The embankment railway
Unbuilt London: The embankment railway

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.

Flying boats to return to London
Flying boats to return to London

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.

Unfurling ice-rinks onto the River Thames
Unfurling ice-rinks onto the River Thames

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.

Unbuilt London: The Thames Airport
Unbuilt London: The Thames Airport

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.

Unbuilt London: Straightening the River Thames
Unbuilt London: Straightening the River Thames

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.

Straw bales hanging from London bridges
Straw bales hanging from London bridges

The straw bales are back — hanging from the wobbly bridge later this month.

The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames
The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

Nearly 150 years ago, a miniature “Crystal Place” was moored on the Thames near Parliament, as a floating swimming bath.

The hovercraft on the Thames
The hovercraft on the Thames

In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.

Bale of Straw to Hang from the Wobbly Bridge
Bale of Straw to Hang from the Wobbly Bridge

Later this month, a bale of straw is to be hung from the Millennium Footbridge as a warning to boats on the Thames.

250 miniature lifeboats to sail down the Thames
250 miniature lifeboats to sail down 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.

Inside the RNLI station on the Thames
Inside the RNLI station on the Thames

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.