9 facts about the River Thames you might not have known
- 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.