The River Thames (Listeni/tɛmz/ temz) flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. While it is best known for flowing through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, and Windsor.
The river gives its name to three informal areas: the Thames Valley, a region of England around the river between Oxford and west London; the Thames Gateway; and the greatly overlapping Thames Estuary around the tidal Thames to the east of London and including the waterway itself. Thames Valley Police is a formal body that takes its name from the river, covering three counties.
In an alternative name, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock in south west London, the lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway.
The administrative powers of the Thames Conservancy have been taken on with modifications by the Environment Agency and, in respect of the Tideway part of the river, such powers are split between the agency and the Port of London Authority.
In non-administrative use, stemming directly from the river and its name are Thames Valley University, Thames Water, Thames Television productions, Thames & Hudson publishing, Thameslink (north-south railways passing through central London), and South Thames College. Historic entities include the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company.
Two canals link the river to other river basins: the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Grand Union Canal, westward and northward respectively. Two further cross-basin canals are disused but are under reconstruction: the Thames and Severn Canal (via Stroud), which operated until 1927 (to the west coast of England), and the Wey and Arun Canal to Littlehampton, which operated until 1871 (to the south coast).
Rowing and sailing clubs are common along the Thames, which is navigable to such vessels. Kayaking and canoeing also take place. Safe headwaters and reaches are a summer venue for organised swimming, which is prohibited on safety grounds in a stretch centred on Central London. Non-Olympic watersports with a lesser presence include skiffing and punting.
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Oceania (5202) 2014-02-06 5:59
I heard winter in London is extremely rainy. It let people depressed. You're showing exact that. But spring is just around corner, than summer. The bright sunny days come sooner than you thought. Cheers!
jurek1951 (42198) 2014-02-06 6:05
a superb daily life photo with attractive composition and graphic details, very nice colours and lights, interesting photo,
papagolf21 (109312) 2014-02-06 6:27
Bonjour, cher Costantino,
Voilà une vue très intéressante car rarement présentée sur le site.
Il n'y a pas de doute, nous sommes bien à Londres sous la pluie ! ;o)
Le taxi jaune/orangé ressort magnifiquement formant une tache de couleur très appréciée.
rbassin (24313) 2014-02-06 8:46
Bonne prise de vue, on identifie immédiatement Londres avec ses taxis, le temps pluvieux.
La photo est bien faite, bien cadrée avec les lignes jaunes formant un bon graphisme.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-07 0:20
namaste, a very good low light photography here... The part of the bridge is looking nice with those colourful vehicle at FG. Great depth and sharpness. Excellent shot. Tfs.
lousat (97585) 2014-02-07 2:13
Ciao Costantino,non sei stato molto fortunato con il tempo durante la tua visita a Londra a quanto vedo...ehehe..ma qui c'e' tutto il succo dello stile inglese di Londra,il ponte sul Tamigi,le classiche nuvole ed i tipici taxi...ottimo scatto considerando la luce impossibile.Buona giornata,Luciano
Nicou (151064) 2014-02-07 2:37
quelle vue et image superbe compo et captage de ce pont avec le croisement des véhicules quelle captage et vue quel effet superbe.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (160023) 2014-02-07 5:00
I see everyday the weather in England on TV, everyday the same weather, rain and storm with floods.
Happy we see here no flood but rain.
You chose an excellent angle with a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and colours make these picture beautiful.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Have a nice weekend,
adramad (49544) 2014-02-07 7:45
A good POV in this composition, with the perspective of this original bridge, the trees on either side of the image, provide a good graphics on that sky really gray, giving the feeling of a dreary day. The taxi with its yellow color, gives a nice touch of color.
Good management of both the lighting and the sharpness.
Enjoy a good weekend.
Royaldevon (43407) 2014-02-07 7:50
This year the weather has not been cold but it has been constantly wet! Some areas have suffered from constant flooding for nearly 2 months!
You have, despite the low light levels, captured a shot of London during the typical grey weather. It is well composed, with good, natural leads.
You have included some very recognisable London icons: the red telephone box and the black London cab.
Have a great w/e,
mcmtanyel (29044) 2014-02-10 19:54
This is a very nice view of the bridge over the Thames. The bright yellow taxicab brightens up an otherwise dreary day. Nice, informative note, your discussion on the River Thames giving its name to other entities reminded me of the Thames Trader truck, which was built the British arm of Ford Motor Company. I saw a lot of Thames Trader trucks when I was growing up in Turkey.
clic (18496) 2014-02-16 16:11
Geia sou Costantino
Of course a civil engineer writes acute notes below his photos posted on TE and in the present case this geography lesson is quite interesting, as well as the overall depiction in your picture featuring the historic bridge and the two colourful eye-catchers that enliven the 'rainy London'.
omid266 (6750) 2014-05-05 23:22
another admirable shot of yours, very nice view of this old and famous river,
very well seen and Thanks!
Have nice moments, Adieu
serp2000 (45858) 2016-04-18 12:59
I have see you captured the classic English wether with the grey rainy sky. Anyway I really like to see every picture from London, I miss this city. Thanks for so informative note about the Thames river.
- Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) (69660)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-06 5:33