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Great River Race

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Great River Race

I discovered that this race will be going on during my September visit and I am wondering how popular an event this is and what effect it might have on public transport (mainly bus), size of crowds, etc. Will all the major attractions, such as the British Museum, have more visitors due to more people visiting for the weekend? Thanks for any suggestions.

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I have to admit I'd never heard of it before, let alone ever been inconvenienced. So from purely personal experience I'd say no. Looks fun to watch if you're into boats though.

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London is busy full stop. This event won't have any direct impact on tourism although some bridges and paths along the river will be busier than usual and it's possible some bus routes might have some minor delays.

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It's been running for 26 years and I've never heard of it before, despite having lived in London throughout all of that time. That would suggest to me that it probably won't have a huge impact on your visit (unlike the London Marathon). However, it would probably be a good idea, if you are not interested in seeing the race, to find something to do which takes you away from the riverbanks. The British Museum, for example, is far enough from the river that you probably will have no idea what is going on on the Thames. For that matter, I suspect that you could probably go to the National Gallery, which is much closer to the river, and still not have any idea. But perhaps don't schedule a day in Greenwich, or a day walking along the river, for that day.

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Actually a day walking along the river on that day is a lovely idea. The race takes place over 26 miles so the riverbank is never crowded, so there is something surreal when you walk along it and see a New Zealand war canoe or a Viking ship sail by. Lots of them fly flags of all nations so you can cheer on any US flags that you see.

But no, it is never crowded. I've got a nagging feeling that something else special is happening on that weekend, but I could be mistaken.

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Where is a good place to watch it - is there some kind of fair at start or end?

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For more information, take a look at their website: http://www.greatriverrace.co.uk

I've not attended, so can't provide any further information than what's included on that.

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Looking at the gallery and searching for crowds in the background, it doesn't seem necessary to pack your sandwiches and take a stool


Edited: 12 September 2014, 17:26
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