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Events

Events

The Thames is home to globally renowned events like the University Boat Race, traditional barge and cutter races and the river marathon, the Great River Race. The PLA provides essential services to these events helping them run safely on one of the UK's busiest tidal rivers.
The Port of London Authority hosts public meetings to discuss developments on the parts of the River Thames that it oversees.
Here you will find our comprehensive list of key events for 2019 / 2020, both in the Port of London and on the tidal Thames
The Boat Race, between the University crews of Oxford and Cambridge is one of the oldest sporting events in the world and it literally can’t start without us!
We hold a Stakeholder Forum every year – our equivalent to an Annual General Meeting – giving stakeholders opportunity to find more about our strategy, ask questions and meet the Board/Executive team.

We’ve released our 2020 Annual Stakeholder Forum on video, giving customers and stakeholders access to all the Port of London Authority news available at our normal in person event.
The annual race for newly qualified Thames Watermen and Lightermen was first contested in 1715 and is thought to be the oldest continuing sporting contest in the World. The race follows the original course from London Bridge to Chelsea, a distance of four miles and seven furlongs.
We convened the Thames’ first Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition at Siemens Crystal on 10 September 2019.

The exhibition featured stands from companies active in developing, supplying and being a catalyst for the adoption of new technologies which reduce or eliminate vessel emissions.
A unique event rowed over a course of seven-mile course from Greenwich to Westminster, with Watermen and Lightermen in navigating under oars, using only their own strength, experience and the tide to propel their barges.