London Rivers Week is back for 2017!

23rd June 2017

Building on the success of last year, London Rivers Week is happening between Monday 26th June to Sunday 2nd July, 2017, with the official opening event on Sunday 25th June at Ladywell Fields, Lewisham, from 10.30am to 2pm.


London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.

London Rivers Week aims to inspire people to take pride in our waterways, understand the challenges they face and come together to create a healthy future for our rivers.


London Rivers Week is a chance to celebrate the capital’s many rivers, and all the work going on to rewild and restore them. This includes bringing them above ground (daylighting); creating or restoring new wetlands, or breaking them out of concrete channels. Londoners all across the city are helping reclaim, rescue and restore our rivers, and we urge you to join them!


Catchment Partnerships and environmental organisations such as Thames21, ZSL, London Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the South East Rivers Trust are putting on public events, walks and talks at special river sites.

This year’s line-up already includes a Lea reedbeds boat tour, canoeing, walks to find river sources and the official opening of a restored wetland. Keep checking this page and follow us on social media for updates.

This year we want to give individual enthusiasts the chance to hold talks about their favourite stretch of river, on any aspect that fascinates them – so get in touch with us if you’d like to contribute:

Read about 23 projects where you can visit to escape the city and get beside rewilded rivers.


This year, the event is sponsored by Thames Water.

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