As London starts to blossom once more and things start to resemble how they were, it is important to remember that measures are still in place for everyone's safety. Non-essential shops can now open, restaurants, pubs and bars can open for outdoor table service but museums, galleries and other attractions are not scheduled to open until Monday 17 May at the earliest.

All events and reopenings listed are subject to change, please check whether they are going ahead and book in advance where possible. Please also remember that you must wear a face-covering aboard our services, maintain social distance and adhere to our Covid-19 safety measures.

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Finding a seat at Battersea Power Station's most popular cafés, bars and restaurants just got easier!  Two new outdoor dining spaces have opened up at the landmark site; Arches Lane and The Piazza. Both sites offer breathtaking views and table service from neighbouring restaurants and bars, perfect for an evening out under current restrictions.

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station

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Illuminated River

Five more bridges have been bathed in environmentally-friendly LED light as part of the Illuminated River project! Blackfriars, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth bridges were illuminated on Tuesday 13 April. Together with their dazzling downstream neighbours, the bridges form the longest public art commission in the world.

You can view the beautifully-lit bridges aboard our evening services.

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Art in the Arches: open-call

Are you a budding artist? Or maybe you have found a new artistic outlet during lockdown?

Vauxhall One and Moniker Culture want to transform the railway arches crossing Vauxhall bringing more colour and creativity to the area.

The project offers paid commissions to transform the appearance of arches in central Vauxhall, with both digital and hand-painted artwork.

Disembark at Vauxhall (St George Wharf) Pier to explore the area and discover your potential new canvas!

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A look ahead...

There's lots to look forward to this month! Please bear in mind that the following events occur after lockdown measures are scheduled to ease on 17 May.

GoBoat: coming soon to Canary Wharf

We know you love sailing with us but isn't it a shame when you reach your destination and have to explore the area on land? Well, now you don't have to! 

GoBoat's eco-friendly, self-guided pleasure boats are coming to Canary Wharf. From 17 May, you'll be able to captain your own vessel and take a tour through the historic basins and waterways that criss-cross London's modern financial district on the Isle of Dogs.

Each GoBoat can host up to eight people, you can even bring your dog along too!

Nearest pier: Canary Wharf

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Tate galleries to reopen 17 May

Bankside's Tate Modern and Millbank's Tate Britain hope to open their doors once more on 17 May with major exhibitions:

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Turner's Modern World at Tate Britain

J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at a time of enormous change; the peak of the industrial revolution when machine-power replaced manpower and political and social reforms transformed society.

Many artists ignored these changes but Turner's work was inspired by them. Turner's Modern World explores how Turner transformed the way he painted to better capture the new world following his fascination with the impact of industrialisation, his campaigning against slavery and how he expressed the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars. 

Nearest pier: Millbank

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The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern

Tate Modern is reopening with this major exhibition which is the first to focus on Auguste Rodin's important works using plaster. Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures but he also captured movement, light and volume in materials such as clay and plaster.

Plasters casts in all sizes show how Rodin continually experimented with fragmentation, repetition and joining existing parts in unconventional ways. The exhibition features over 200 works, many of which have not been seen outside of France before.

Nearest pier: Bankside

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DNA VR Pop-up at Battersea Power Station

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Have an awesome virtual reality experience at Battersea Power Station!

DNA VR will open its doors again on Monday 17 May and, from 22 May, you can immerse yourself in another world and experience a virtual free-roam escape room! Taking place under Grosvenor Bridge Lane Arches DNA VR's escape room pop-up will open on Saturdays or Sundays 13:00 - 19:00.

Walk-ins are welcome!

Nearest pier:  Battersea Power Station

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Estuary 2021

Estuary 2021 takes place 22 May – 13 June and is a large-scale arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and the lives, landscapes and histories found here.

Taking place over 23 days, the mix of large scale and intimate visual art, literature, music and film celebrates culture, creativity, recovery and renewal. Alongside an online discussion and events programme, the physical programme will explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the Estuary, from the climate, to rebellion and imperial legacy.

Re-framed in light of Covid-19, the festival invites visitors to take an epic walk along the stunning coastline of South Essex and North Kent encountering contemporary artworks and performance within the estuary landscape, historic sites and coastal towns. The estuary coastline as a continuous 107 mile walk was originally devised by local journalist Tom King, in his book Thames Estuary Trail: A Walk around the end of the World which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Inspired by King’s book the festival invites visitors to take part and explore the Estuary 2021 programme along the way, revealing new perspectives on well-known estuary landmarks and some of the lesser-known estuary environments.

The festival presents site-specific works in the landscape, as well as animating the wharfs, piers and high streets of estuary towns including Southend, Chatham, and Gravesend. The programme will feature performance, including an immersive audio-visual performance; installation; immersive storytelling; GPS audio; murals, specific walks and tours.

The online programme of discussion and events, brings together artists, scientists and activists from the estuary and beyond to audiences from around the world. A series of publications will reveal hidden architectural gems, celebrate the great literary heritage of the river, inspire new literary responses and provide maps and guides to walking the estuary. The Estuary 2021 website will display new artworks connected to the wider programme, including a film programme specially curated by Gareth Evans, and a series of artists’ podcasts released throughout the festival.

Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent).

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