Get your wellies on and don your rubber gloves for this great river clear-up organised by Thames21 – the voice of London’s waterways.

The Big Thames Tidy - Gabriel's Wharf

Sunday 31 August: 10.30am - 1pm

Scores of volunteers will descend on the foreshore in central London for this two-day tidy: one of the biggest events of its kind held on the river.  You’ll have great fun as you join other like-minded people to make London’s river look even lovelier than it does already!  Enjoy a unique perspective of the London and learn more about the river. 

How to get there

Location: Gabriel's Wharf foreshore via steps to Gabriel's Wharf and Bernie Spain Gardens, SE1 9PH
Nearest tube: Southwark, Waterloo or London Blackfriars


Price: Free, no tickets or registration necessary - just arrive ready to tidy!
Age group: All ages


Cleaner Thames Challenge - Isle of Dogs

Monday 1 September: 11am - 1.30pm

Clean-up one of the most littered stretches of the Thames at the Isle of Dogs. This site is plagued by embedded plastic bags and all sorts of debris that end up in our waterways.  Litter such as plastic poses a direct threat to river and marine wildlife which can ingest, choke on or become entangled in it.

How to get there

Location: Newcastle Draw Dock, Isle of Dogs, E14 3BW
Nearest station: Island Gardens DLR
​Nearest pier: Masthouse Pier or Greenwich Pier


Price: Free, no tickets or registration necessary - just arrive ready to tidy!
Age group: 5+, children under 16 need adult supervision.

Please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear suitable for the weather conditions.  No dogs please.  Volunteers can help out as little or as much as they like, with full equipment, supervision and support provided. 

About Thames21

Thames21 works hand in hand with communities to improve rivers, canals and ponds for social and environmental benefit through practical, educational and awareness raising projects. Its committed volunteers enhance, protect and fight for the capital’s wide network of waterways, which provide vital habitat for wildlife and much needed green space in one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.


NB: Times vary each day in accordance with the tide.

Plan your stay:


Gabriel’s Wharf foreshore SE1 9PH and Isle of Dogs E14 3BW

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