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9 facts about the River Thames you might not have known

30/01/2018
  • Tower Bridge opens approximately 1,000 times per year
  • The river flows through nine different counties: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Essex, Kent and Middlesex
  • At a total length of 1,230ft Waterloo Bridge is the longest bridge in central London
  • Two-thirds of London's drinking water comes from the Thames
  • Westminster Bridge is painted the same shade of green as the leather benches in the House of Commons
  • The first bridge in the capital was located where the current London Bridge stands. It has been rebuilt many times since the Romans first constructed a river crossing there around 2,000 years ago
  • Approximately 125 different species of fish inhabit the Thames and it is one of the cleanest rivers in the world that passes through a major city
  • The river was originally referred to as "Tamesis", meaning "dark water"
  • The river is enjoyed by over seven million Londoners and visiting tourists every year.