London’s Thames: The River That Shaped a City

London’s Thames: The River That Shaped a City

London’s Thames: The River That Shaped a City

Join SimpsonHaugh on an architectural river cruise across the heart of the capital, identifying some of the most recent and notable landmarks along this famous stretch of water. The cruise will culminate in a lively discussion at Circus West Battersea, where key figures from the worlds of architecture, design and urbanism, will discuss how the river has shaped the identity of London.

A SimpsonHaugh event, created for the London Festival of Architecture with the generous support of MBNA Thames Clippers and BPSDC.

Boat Trip
Introduced by Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers
Narrated by Benedict O’Looney
With contributions from Ian Simpson

Scott Grant, Project Director, BPSDC

Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture

Ian Simpson, Co-Founding Partner, SimpsonHaugh
Sebastien Ricard, Director, Wilkinson Eyre
Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Foundation
Vicky Wagner, Project Director, Publica


-To what extent has the growth and development of the city been influenced by the river?

-How is the river reflected in some of the landmark buildings along its shores?

-What new destinations are springing up along the River, and why is the River such a catalyst for placemaking?

-Why is the River a magnet for cultural activities and initiatives?


-Date: June 29, 2018

-Time:17:30 – 20:30

-Admission: £15 to include boat trip, panel event and refreshments



Founded by Rachel Haugh and Ian Simpson in 1987, SimpsonHaugh has compiled an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. The practice was founded upon a shared belief in the power of high quality design to lead the regeneration of post-industrial cities and initiate new contemporary architectural identities. The themes of urban renewal, sustainability and design ambition unite a diverse range of projects and emerging typologies such as public galleries, transport interchanges and high density living.