Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

Taking in the palaces, processions, parties and promenades that made the London we know today, Royal River brings together paintings, manuscripts and rare and beautiful objects.

Canaletto, The Thames on Lord Mayor's Day, c 1747

Canaletto, The Thames on Lord Mayor's Day, c 1747

From London's birth, royalty have looked to the Thames to display their power, patronage and pageantry to a city and a people intimately and inextricably connected to the water. Celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the National Maritime Museum's 75th anniversary, Royal River explores the relationship between the monarch, the City and the people, as it was brought to life on the Thames " London's greatest thoroughfare.

Don't miss

Among the items on show will be Handel's autographed score for the Music for the Royal Fireworks, the magnificent stern carvings from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert III and a remarkable collection of artworks by Canaletto.

Venue details

National Maritime Museum Romney Road, Greenwich London SE10 9NF 020 8312 6608

Entry details

£5.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £11)

Open daily, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

What the critics say


The show has half a dozen or so important paintings, including some cracking Canalettos and two lovely Gainsborough portraits


It is a rich assembly of things, people and model boats, of records of how the Thames has been over many centuries and how its traditions have developed, of portraits posturing and grave, and of more things, and more.