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Meet Londonist And Hear Top Thames Talks On HMS President

By Lindsey Last edited 31 months ago
Meet Londonist And Hear Top Thames Talks On HMS President

The venue for our weekend of talks - Dazzle Ship by Massimo Usai via Flickr

Prepare to be dazzled! This weekend, Londonist presents six lively interactive talks about the river starring some of our most interesting friends. Take a break from your Open House schedule and join us aboard the Dazzle Ship HMS President for lost rivers, oddities, immersion, mysteries, dock tales, songs and stories.

On Saturday 20 September:

  • Tom Bolton and Tom Chivers face-off to see whose expertise runs deeper in London's Lost Rivers - The Geek Off at 11am
  • Take the plunge with author Caitlin Davies and Chris Romer-Lee of the Thames Baths Project when they tell you all about Swimming in the Thames past and present at 1pm
  • Our very own Matt Brown and the equally London-obsessed Westminster Guide Pete Berthoud regale the room with a plethora of illustrated Thames Oddities from 2.30pm

On Sunday 21 September

  • Uncover myths and mysteries of the river with Fortean London founder Scott Wood and paganism expert Rob Stephenson
  • What's up dock? Learn the fascinating stories behind London’s docks — focusing on St Katharine and West India — by local expert Christopher West and Museum of London contemporary curator Georgina Young
  • Join in with songs and stories during London Dreamtime, a family-friendly voyage through sea shanties, comedies, music hall songs and folklore. Suitable for little Londonists (5-11s, but younger kids are also welcome) and their grown-ups

All events encourage participation with questions hosted by Londonist editors and team members. The boat bar will be open — so we can chill out and chat up on deck while watching the sun set over the river.

Can't decide which talk to come to? Buy a day ticket and get three for the price of two.

Tickets for each session are £7.50 or £5 concessions - except the family friendly session with London Dreamtime where under 11s go free! Come for the whole of Saturday or Sunday on a £15 day pass. Please book through the Totally Thames website. A few tickets will be available on the door.

Last Updated 19 September 2014

Chris West

All the Talks sound fab, including mine, with Georgina Young, because between us we really do know a lot about London's 'old docks' and you'll not only enjoy yourselves, but also enjoy coming aboard this great venue and meeting 'Team Londonist'.