A surprise at Nine Elms is not just the new American Embassy but a new Thames Walk Pavilion featuring a raised garden.
Elm Quay has had a representation of Old Father Thames for thirty years.
Now the big attraction is immediately downstream on Bourne Valley Wharf where the water tank pavilion, designed by the architects of Studio Weave and commissioned by Wandsworth Council, stands.
It is intended as a home for wildlife as well as a resting point for walkers.
The garden is reached by stairs but the doors are not always open.
Upstream, beyond Elm Quay and Prescot Wharf, the Thames Tideway project is providing for the riverside path to pass infant of Heathwall Pumping Station and join Tideway Walk at the dock next to Nine Elms Pier.
So no more returning to the road opposite Waitrose from about 2022.
The priory grounds include the 2,500 year old Ankerwycke Yew under which is it claimed by some historians that Magna Carta was agreed in 1215.
The Magna Carta agreement between King John and the barons was achieved on 15 June 1215.
Did they meet under the tree before crossing the water together for the sealing of the document with wax and a formal embrace between the monarch and Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton on Runnymede?
The King had travelled by river from Windsor. The barons, having camped on the west side of Staines, are thought to have arrived at Ankerwycke Priory early in the morning to be welcomed by the prioress and other Benedictine nuns.
Parliament is about to rise for the summer recess without having held its regatta.
The All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group says that the Parliamentary Charity Regatta is postponed until further notice due to the Super Sewer.
Lack’s Drawdock on Albert Embankment near the Palace of Westminster is closed for Thames Tideway Tunnel, or Super Sewer, works and will not be available until at least 2024.
Matthew Offord MP said “It is a shame that the Group has to postpone the Parliamentary Charity Regatta, but the Group has investigated every possible alternative and concluded that the regatta will be postponed until further notice.”
The main race is the competition between eight MPs and eight peers rowing downstream from Lambeth Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge.
The finishing line is between the Lords and Commons marquees on the terrace where a FINISH banner is placed.
Visiting crews from London Youth Rowing and a men and women’s senior race give show performances over a slightly longer course and are in return entertained to tea on the terrace afterwards.
The ceremony will begin at 3.30pm just behind the Thames Barrier. Guests will be invited to walk east along the line of path down Bowater Road for an opening ceremony at the bottom of the raised walkway in Warspite Road.
The route should be available for public use from about 4.30pm.
The link joins the Barrier to downstream King Henry’s Wharf.
It also means that the Thames Path national trail to the source in Gloucestershire from the Barrier now joins seamlessly with the unofficial extension which runs continuously from the River Darent confluence near Erith.
From Wednesday we can say that the Thames Path starts not at Charlton but at Slade Green Station.
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