London’s Thames: The River That Shaped a City

Responding to this year’s London Festival of Architecture theme of ‘Identity’, SimpsonHaugh presents London's Thames: The River That Shaped a City – an architectural river cruise across the heart of the capital. The cruise, narrated by Benedict O’Looney with interjections from Ian Simpson, will start from North Greenwich pier and will identify some of the most notable landmarks along this famous stretch of water – including SimpsonHaugh’s most recent contributions, Dollar Bay, One Blackfriars and Circus West Battersea.

The cruise will culminate in a lively discussion in the Village Hall at Circus West Battersea, where key figures from the worlds of architecture, design and urbanism will discuss the extent to which the growth and development of the city has been influenced by the river, as well as the impact of the river on the economic, cultural and community activities along its shores.

Moderated by New London Architecture’s Peter Murray, the panel discussion will welcome two of the architects involved in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, who will discuss how the river has influenced the design and development of their buildings. Sarah Gaventa will introduce Illuminated River – a long-term art commission that aims to light Central London’s bridges at night; whilst Victoria Wägner will discuss the research that Publica are undertaking for the Greater London Authority and Port of London Authority in making a case for a cultural vision for the River Thames.

This event has been made possible with the generous support of Battersea Power Station Development Corporation and MBNA Thames Clippers.

17.45 – Embarkation at North Greenwich pier
18:00 - Departure
18:25 - Second pick up at London Bridge City Pier
19:00 - Arrival at Battersea Power Station, disembark 
19:00 – Drinks at The Village Hall, Circus West
19:20 - Panel discussion begins
20:30 - Event ends

Boat Trip
Introduced by Geoff Symonds, Chief Operating Officer, MBNA Thames Clippers
Narrated by Benedict O’Looney from Open City Tours
With contributions from Ian Simpson, SimpsonHaugh

Scott Grant, Project Director, BPSDC

Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture

Ian Simpson, Co-Founding Partner, SimpsonHaugh
Sebastien Ricard, Director, Wilkinson Eyre
Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Foundation
Victoria Wägner, Project Director, Publica

Directions from North Greenwich Station to North Greenwich Pier

Walk north-east towards Peninsula Square 322 ft
Turn left onto Peninsula Square 253 ft
Turn right onto Penrose Way 0.2 mi
You should see the LFA signaling the embarkation point!
Directions from London Bridge Tube Station to the London Bridge Pier

Walk east on Duke St Hill/A200 towards Tooley St 16 ft
Turn left onto Tooley St 56 ft
Turn left to stay on Tooley St 125 ft
Turn right onto St Olaf Stairs 128 ft
Turn right – you should see the LFA signaling the embarkation point


June 29, 2018

17:30 - 20:30

Admission: £15 to include boat trip, panel event and refreshments


Image: MBNA Thames Clippers


The Village Hall - Battersea Power Station

-Boat tour embarkation: North Greenwich Pier -Second embarkation point: London Bridge City Pier -Panel event: The Village Hall Circus West, Battersea Power Station Development 88 Kirtling Street London SW8 5BN -Event begins at North Greenwich Pier and ends at the Village Hall, Circus West Battersea SW8 5BN

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Event begins at the North Greenwich Pier and ends at The Village Hall, Circus West Battersea