‘The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day’ by Canaletto is on display as an enormous poster version at London Bridge Station attracting attention to the inspiration behind HM Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant. River pageants have taken place on the River Thames for hundreds of years and this is going to be yet another glorious spectacle on Sunday 3rd June 2012, and one of the largest, with over 1,000 boats in the flotilla. The boats will gather between Hammersmith and Battersea bridges and proceed downstream at 2.00pm to Tower Bridge and the West India docks, finishing at 6.00pm. The Lord Mayor’s Day is just one of Canaletto’s pictures of the River Thames and in each he exquisitely captures the essence of the busy-ness and the importance of river transport – although some would say his depiction of the Thames has too much of the Antonio Canal in Venice to be truly authentic. But, if this has whetted your appetite for those gloriously blue skies, energy and vibrancy of colour, then head to Junction 6 of the M25; four Canalettos in a relatively modest country house are not to be missed at Titsey Place in Limpsfield. But missed they were, for many years they reposed in the attics only to be re-discovered in the 1960s and then admired in a derogatory fashion as fakes. Specialists since have declared all four to be the real McCoy. Titsey Place and gardens open for the summer season on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May and then between 16 May and 30 September on Wednesdays and Sundays. Extensive private tours are available at other times on application.
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Posted in Kent, Local Visits
Tagged Blue Badge tourist guide, Canaletto, Jubilee pageant, Limpsfield, London Bridge, Lord Mayor, M25, Queen Elizabeth, River Thames, Sunday 3rd June, Titsey Place
A rather unusual vehicle in yesterday’s London traffic was the soon-to-be-very-famous Gloriana who had a rather inauspicious start to her launch; as they say, things can only get better!
Gloriana joined the commuter traffic in London as she was driven from a
shipyard in Brentford to her launching place on the River Thames at Isleworth yesterday.
Full credit goes to her ‘ land captain’ who steered her through heavy traffic as seen in these pictures from the Evening Standard.
Gloriana will be at the head of a 1000 boat pageant on the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Gloriana will be rowed by 18 VIPS whose names to date remain a secret, with the exception of Sir Steve Redgrave, the five times Olympian Gold medallist for rowing ( so no pressure on the other seventeen, then!).
There will be a naming ceremony attended by The Queen taking place at the Royal Borough of Greenwich on Wednesday 25th April.
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South East Tour Guides have now completed their training to guide around the Olympic venues in London and what a venue to finish with – just look at that view! This picture was taken from Greenwich Observatory where the Prime Meridian of the World lies, looking down over the park to The Queen’s House, the River Thames & then over the water to the great city of London. Far to the left, with a little imagination, you can just make out the office tower affectionately known by Londoners as The Gherkin; Canary Wharf in the centre; & the O2 Centre on the extreme right.
If you have tickets for the Olympic Equestrian Events you are in for a real treat combining fantastic horsemanship with beautiful cityscapes, an unusual juxtaposition only possible in the newly named Royal Borough of Greenwich.
If you prefer your sport a little wetter but no less lively, then look out onto the Thames on Wednesday 25 July 2012 for The Arrival Parade of an entire flotilla of around 20 Tall Ships sailing in convoy into London to inaugurate the spectacular maritime event Sail Royal Greenwich 2012. The fleet will be accompanied by up to 200 smaller vessels. The Tall Ships will gather in the Thames estuary in Gravesend, Tilbury before sailing into Greenwich.
The first to arrive seen on the Thames this week under power, is Thalassa, & I’ve sneaked in a copied picture of her under sail.
Horses : tall ships- both poetry in motion, impossible to choose between them.
Posted in 2012 Olympics, Events
Tagged Canary wharf, London, O2 centre, Olympic Equestrian Events, Queen's house, River Thames, Royal borough of Greenwich, Sail Royal Greenwich 2012, tall ships, the Gherkin