River Thames is a world landmark in London, England. The river flows through southern England. It has a basin covering total 12,935 square kilometers. The length of the river is approximately 215 miles. The river’s source is located in a meadow in Gloucestershire.
There are more than 200 bridges that cross the river. Approximately 70 percent of London’s drinking water comes from the Thames. It is the only river in Europe to have a national trail to follow its entire length.
Quick Facts: –
- River Thames is home to more than eighty islands.
- Thames runs through seven counties which are Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, and Greater London.
- The river is tidal in some specific areas and non-tidal in other areas.
- This river is called the Isis where it runs between the Cotswolds through to Oxfordshire.
- River Thames has total 38 tributaries including Pang, Kennet, Jubilee and Evenlode etc.
- The river is home to more than 120 different species of fish, as well as otters, voles, and eels.
- During the summer of 1858 parliament had to be suspended because sewage leaked into the river and stank too much.
- The old London Bridge was commissioned by King Henry II and the work started in 1176 AD.
- It is the longest river in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom.
- British swimmer Lewis Pugh was the first person to swim the full length of the Thames.