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About River Thames

The River Thames is Britain's great artery, a slow sweeping channel that dissects the capital city and stretches across the country. So much of London rises along the banks of this famous river, from Big Ben to Greenwich, the London Eye to upmarket western suburbs. For both visitors and locals, it's the River Thames that most aptly defines the city of London.

However, the river doesn't quite cut through the heart of the capital. South London is considered anywhere south of the River Thames. North, East and West London are historically found on the northern side of the water. Central London is a loosely defined area and 90% of it is to the north of the Thames.

The impression that the River Thames traverses the core of the city comes from the abundance of world-famous attractions that line the banks. To the east is World Heritage Maritime Greenwich, the proclaimed home of time. The Thames flows inland, passing Canary Wharf before cascading beneath Tower Bridge. From here, iconic sights grace the panorama at regular intervals: the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Palace of Westminster. Moving into the west the river connects upmarket suburbs like Chelsea and Fulham.

While the majority of the famous sights are found on the northern bank, a long pedestrianised walkway rolls along the southern bank. This provides excellent views over the icons that stand above the water. While it's possible to walk across London along the Thames, most visitors prefer the three to six and a half kilometre stretch in Central London. Underground stations are well signposted and there are a number of bridges (traffic and pedestrian) across the Thames.

The River Thames is also an easy navigation route when visiting London. Public ferry services run up and down the river and are most commonly used by visitors for the journey between Central London and Greenwich. A number of tourist ferries also operate tours, including sunset and dining cruises.

After London the River Thames keeps flowing. Few visitors are aware that the water continues to Windsor, Oxford, then almost all the way across England to Kemble in the west. Much of it appears like a carefully controlled canal, rather than any preconception of a river. But in Roman times it was a major obstacle to Julius Caesar's advancing Empire.

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Popular River Thames Hotels

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa
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Windsor, England
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Good, 7.9
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Providing a sauna and a Jacuzzi, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa is located in Windsor and is a short walk from Windsor Castle. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is within walking distance from Windsor and Eton Central Railway Station.

The Thames Riviera Hotel

The Thames Riviera Hotel
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Maidenhead, England
Guest Rating
Good, 7.3
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Steps from the Maidenhead Bridge, The Thames Riviera Hotel is located in Maidenhead and provides hip accommodation. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Macdonald Compleat Angler

Macdonald Compleat Angler
Address
Bisham, England
Guest Rating
Very Good, 8.1
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Boasting a popular location, Macdonald Compleat Angler offers views of River Thames and Marlow, and is conveniently close to a multitude of eateries. Only a short walk from Marlow Railway Station, the hotel's convenient setting makes it an ideal place to stay when in Bisham.

Head of the River

Head of the River
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Oxford, England
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Very Good, 8.1
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Situated under a 20-minute walk from Oxford Railway Station, Head of the River offers guests an ideal base when in Oxford. It provides a garden and free Wi-Fi, and is a brief stroll from Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and Christ Church.

The Great House At Sonning

The Great House At Sonning
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Sonning, England
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Very Good, 8.3
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The Great House At Sonning is situated in Sonning and features complimentary Wi-Fi. The various facilities this charming hotel has to offer include meeting rooms, a 24-hour reception and a terrace.

Shillingford Bridge Hotel

Shillingford Bridge Hotel
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Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, England
Guest Rating
6.4
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Situated in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Shillingford Bridge Hotel offers 3-star accommodation, as well as an outdoor pool. It also provides a safe, a 24-hour reception and room service.

The Thames Hotel

The Thames Hotel
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Maidenhead, England
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Good, 7.5
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The Thames Hotel is situated in Maidenhead and is close to the area's popular attractions. It offers 3-star accommodation and views of the river.

The Crown And Thistle

The Crown And Thistle
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Abingdon, England
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Very Good, 8.1
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The Crown And Thistle is situated in Abingdon and is close to the area's popular attractions. Just a short stroll from Abingdon Town Football Club, it offers contemporary rooms equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and wireless internet access.

The George Inn Eton

The George Inn Eton
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Eton, England
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Superb, 9.1
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The George Inn Eton is situated near Windsor Castle and only metres from various restaurants, bars and shops. Only a five-minute walk from Windsor and Eton Riverside Railway Station, the inn's convenient location makes it an ideal place to stay when visiting Eton.

Rose Revived

Rose Revived
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Northmoor, England
Guest Rating
Good, 7.0
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Situated next to the Newbridge in Northmoor, Rose Revived offers free Wi-Fi and traditional accommodation. It is ideally located for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

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