The Arcadian Thames

London's Countryside

The stretch of the river that the TLS focuses on has been known as the ‘Arcadian Thames’  for over 300 years and is a theme that flows throughout the Thames Landscape Strategy.


The Arcadian Thames, where each reach offers its own special delights and leads to new discoveries around every corner. The amazing combination of natural beauty and Royal history has created a real countryside in the city – a pastoral haven, on the doorstep of Central London where humans, water and wildlife live in harmony.

Today, the Arcadian Thames offers unrivalled public open access and recreational opportunities and collectively contains more listed buildings, conservation areas, wildlife sites and registered parks and gardens than in any other comparable location in the UK. 

The Thames Landscape Strategy was established in 1994 to understand these events of the past in order take them full circle to conserve, enhance and promote the watery landscape for the next 100 years.


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