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This England - - The Glorious River Thames -

In 1888 swim­mer Jules Gau­tier — some­thing of an ex­hi­bi­tion­ist it has to be said — swam three and a half miles from West­min­ster Bridge to Green­wich with his wrists and feet tied. A few years later, he swam it again from Put­ney to Mort­lake while “tow­ing a boat li­censed to carry eight per­sons”.

Ken­neth Gra­hame (1859-1932), who lived in the vil­lage of Pang­bourne on the river­banks, wrote The Wind in the Wil­lows.

The River Thames has played its part in fa­mous films: In­di­ana Jones raced along it, Harry Pot­ter had a broom­stick chase there and James Bond sped past MI6 HQ in a speed­boat. Not that high-speed rides are ex­clu­sive to Bond. Lon­don Rib Voy­ages al­low pas­sen­gers to see many of the city’s fa­mous landmarks while whizzing along the river on a speed­boat.

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