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River Thames


  1. The source of the river is at Thames Head in which English county?
  2. Which humorous account of a two-week boating holiday from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back was published in 1889?
  3. How long is the River Thames: (a) 165 miles, (b) 195 miles, or (c) 215 miles?
  4. Which famous artist painted "London: The Thames and the City" between 1746 and 1747?
  5. The Oxford stretch of the Thames is commonly known by what name?

  6. The first bridge built here in 1817 was made up of nine granite arches. The current bridge opened in 1945. Which bridge?
  7. Which light cruiser built for the Royal Navy is permanently moored as an Imperial War Museum museum ship on the River Thames?
  8. Which town on the river is home to the famous royal regatta?
  9. What name was given to the historic gatherings when Londoners took to the frozen river for both pleasure and business?
  10. What is the name of the complex of three locks and a weir in Richmond upon Thames where the river becomes narrower and non-tidal?
  11. Which district and also the oldest part of South London developed due to its position at the southern end of the early versions of London Bridge?
  12. Which iconic landmark is located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, in the London Borough of Wandsworth?
  13. Which market town is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Kennet?
  14. What is Sir Horace Jones most famous for?
  15. The Boat Race covers a 4.2-mile stretch of the Thames from Putney to which suburban district?
  16. Name the large peninsula bounded on three sides by a meander in the River Thames in East London? The peninsula includes the Cubitt Town, Canary Wharf and Millwall districts.
  17. The Thames Embankment consists of the Chelsea Embankment and what other embankment?
  18. Who made headlines in 2011, when he swam 140 miles of the River Thames for charity?
  19. What is an eyot?
  20. Which port on the north shore of the River Thames, 25 miles downstream of London Bridge, is the principal port for London?
  21. Name the annual ceremony on the River Thames in which mute swans are caught, ringed, and then released?
  22. Which bridge once spanning the Thames is now in Lake Havasu City, Arizona? Built in 1831 it was not strong enough to carry the increased load of traffic and was sold by the City of London in 1968.


  1. Gloucestershire
  2. Three Men in a Boat (by English writer Jerome K. Jerome)
  3. (c) 215 miles
  4. Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
  5. River Isis
  6. Waterloo Bridge (it commemorated the victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815)
  7. HMS Belfast
  8. Henley-on-Thames, or Henley
  9. Frost fairs
  10. Teddington Lock
  11. Southwark
  12. Battersea Power Station
  13. Reading
  14. Being the architect who designed Tower Bridge
  15. Mortlake
  16. Isle of Dogs
  17. Victoria Embankment
  18. Comedian David Walliams
  19. A small island (especially used to refer to the river islands found on the River Thames and her tributaries)
  20. Tilbury, The Port of Tilbury
  21. Swan upping
  22. London Bridge