DOWN BY THE RIVER
There are many things to see and down all along the banks of the Thames.
Our Holiday Inn Express hotel in Hammersmith London is fortunate to have lovely restaurants, family attractions, excellent, evening entertainment and spectacular sporting events taking place right on our doorstep.
Have a look at our guide below to see the best of the bunch.
LONDON WETLAND CENTRE
The London Wetland Centre is a true wildlife oasis in the heart of London city centre.
Kids and adults will be thoroughly entertained for the day with lots of activities, tours, talks and wildlife entertainment. Inside the grounds is the outdoor playground, a children's swimming pool and an indoor learning/play area.
Specifically designed areas displaying birds from around the world provide opportunities to see beautiful birds close up and perhaps with chicks during spring and summer. Make sure to stop-by the otter sanctuary and watch the cheeky creatures getting up to all sorts of mischief.
Particularly recommend is the free guided tour, which takes place every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Other wildlife lovers' tours to catch include:
• Meet the Otters
• Bird Feed with a Warden
• Big Bat Walk
• Night Safari
Vist London Wetland Centre for some peace and calm in the busy city.
Please visit London Wetland Centre for more details.
Stroll down to the Riverside Studios for a night out with a difference.
A former TV studio, the Riverside Studio is a great venue to catch some classic films from the golden ages in a historic and delightful setting.
There is a superb restaurant, serving great food in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with a lovely terrace to dine outdoors in those pleasant summer evenings.
The studios however are most famous for the outstanding and varied productions that take place over the year.
From energetic dance and musical productions to engaging dramas, a visit to the Riverside Studios is a truly vibrant evening.
Tel: 020 8237 1111
Please visit - Riverside Studio's website for show times.
For a special meal on the banks of the Thames, the River Café is an ideal choice.
The River Café boosts a sophisticated, intimate ambiance, handsome open kitchen, clean contemporary decor, and modern wood fired oven and exquisite Italian dining. With a seasonal dictated menu using freshest ingredients, every tempting item will immediately excited the taste buds.
Breeding top chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, the Michelin star awarded River Café understandably is very popular so prior reservations are advised.
There is a distinctive buzz inside the restaurant, seating is close-knit but the airy interior is delightful and makes for a highly enjoyable evening.
A popular and critically acclaimed eatery, the River Café is a special treat for any stay in Hammersmith.
Tel: 020 7386 4200
UNIVERSITY BOAT RACE
The world famous boat race between the two 'Blues', Oxford University and Cambridge is a worthwhile spectacular to enjoy while in London.
Taking place between March and April, the boat race features Cambridge (the light blues) and Oxford (the dark blues) duelling over a 4.2 mile (6.8 km) course that covers a stretch of the Thames river from Putney to Mortlake.
The famous nautical event, which has been held annually since 1829, creates a superb atmosphere. Riverside restaurants and bars that line the course invite you in with festivities and special offers throughout the build-up and aftermath of the race.
Being in Hammersmith is the ideal location to catch the drama in the closing stages of the race. Looking onto the Harrods Depository you will catch the crews determinedly pushing through overwhelming exhaustion as they come to the most crucial point of the boat race.
When the crews reach the Hammersmith Bridge the advantage of the Surrey Bend starts to come into play and over the years 80% of crews ahead at Hammersmith go on to win.
The finish is actually located just before the Chiswick Bridge, which is a 5-minute walk from Hammersmith. However, Hammersmith Bridge is a key location with a great vantage point to witness these amazing athletes at a decisive point, for an experience like no other.
Please visit - University Boat Race website for more details.
The Mayor's Thames Festival is a hugely successful, celebration of arts and activities taking place on the great River Thames.
The annual festival takes place on the 2nd weekend of September, spanning the area between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, with an extensive programme of entertainment on and beside the Thames.
The fireworks show that takes place on the Sunday, the second evening of the Festival, is a fantastic display to rival even the New Year's Day celebrations.
It is well worth attending when in town, with lots of international food vendors, live music, parades and a great festival atmosphere for all the family.
Please visit - Mayor's Thames Festival website for more details.
*All prices and times are given as a guide only