London Rivers Week runs between May 25 – June 2 2019.
Join us to learn about rewilding rivers in London – through films, walks, clean-ups, talks and hunting down secret rivers.
Check out our full list of events and book up now!
There are more than 600km of waterway running through the capital, the same distance between Brighton and Edinburgh – a huge potential resource for people and wildlife not yet fully tapped.
In the past London’s rivers were often hidden behind buildings, artificially straightened or even buried underground. But many lost rivers are now coming back to life – restored back to as natural a state as possible by removing concrete banks, replanting and allowing the river to flow more naturally. London Rivers Week helps you find these rewilded rivers and discover what they can do for you, our city and its wildlife.
There are now more than 30km of beautifully restored stretches of river in London. Check them out and plan your visit using our Secret Wild Spaces in London map.
These spaces are havens for wildlife, provide vital green space for Londoners to enjoy, and help our city become more resilient to climate change.
One of the species which could benefit from rewilded rivers is the critically endangered eel. Find out more about efforts going on to protect and monitor eels in London.
Restoring rivers means improving their connectivity – helping species move about and migrate. Fish still have far too many barriers to navigate: a new Fish Migration Map aims to help identify where these are so we can remove them, and it needs your help!
Herons, kingfishers, and red deer are just some of the species captured by volunteer wildlife photographer Matt Haworth when he staked out some of these sites. Check out this video showing some of the wonderful wildlife you can see around London.
London Rivers Week 2019 is sponsored by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.