Architecture on the Thames by Night
Saturday 15 February 3.30pm

nightboat Join us for this journey down the River Thames as the sun sets until after dark, when creative lighting dramatically re-enforces the night time presence of the iconic and diverse architecture.

Illuminated along the Thames embankments iconic
Somerset House (Sir William Chambers/Dixon Jones), Tate Modern (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott/Herzog & de Meuron), The Shard, Oxo Tower, Royal Festival Hall (Allies and Morrison refurbishment), Lasdun's National Theatre and Foster’s City Hall to name a few.

Departing from Festival Pier, the tour will first go upstream, taking in Battersea Power Station, before heading downstream towards Canary Wharf, underneath colourfully lit bridges including Tower Bridge, where a new illumination to mark the 2012 Olympics replaced the first significant illumination of 25 years.

Led by a specialist guide with an in-depth knowledge, providing excellent commentary.
Find out more about architect Benedict O’Looney here

Cost £35.50. Departing and returning to Festival Pier, South Bank, London SE1 8XZ
Duration 2.5 hours approx. Booked only for capacity for the inside deck. Regretfully no children under 7.

Saturday 15 February 3.30pm NOW FULLY BOOKED see our East Thames tour here

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Feedback from Architecture on the Thames past attendees

"...view from different aspect, a brilliant tour - speaker was superb"

"It was very entertaining listening to Benedict O’Looney's encyclopedic knowledge of the buildings and bridges along the Thames"

"Sounded interesting and it certainly was. Excellent commentary and great to see things from a different viewpoint - both physically and intellectually!"

"I saw familiar sights from a different angle and now know a lot more about architecture on the river and have a new-found appreciation of modern architecture"

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