The most popular River in London Thames has posed patiently for many centuries fascinating tourists and locals alike but you have to dig little deeper to know the unknown, unseen and hidden waterways of the city. These rivers flow silently above ground, in plain sight but are usually unnoticed outside their neighbourhoods. These waterways or rivers have played a crucial role in London’s rural past, some of which includes the Crane, the Darent, the Mutton Brook, the Pool River.
Spending time by the water’s edge which is an excellent breathing space makes the moments of peace feel so special. The forgotten stories of these rivers and the fascinating history of these waterways will definitely be magical. Lost rivers are everywhere, even in the places Londoners think they know very closely and that makes them far from being gone.
Here are the secret Rivers in London you probably didn’t know:
Located south-west London, Beverley Brook joins the River Thames near Putney Bridge. In the 20th century for many years it was fed by poorly treated sewage from a sewerage works in Green Lane. Since 1998, with the beginning of improved treatment methods the presence of wildlife species in the river has gradually increased.
Bow Backs River
The Bow Backs River feed into the River Lee Navigation and the Thames in East London. It is a complex of interconnected waterways between Bow and Stratford. Before the 2012 Olympics, the river was neglected part of the city. After careful restoration, the place is now a new destination for nature lovers, walkers and boaters.
A tributary of the River Brent, Dollis Brook flows eastwards through Totteridge Fields, and then to King George V Playing Fields. The name Dollis is deprived from English word ‘dole’, which means shares of land in the common field. The Brook is extremely shallow but is a heaven for wildlife like water fowl, owls, fish and a variety of aquatic plants.
A chalk spring in Ewell in Surrey, Hogsmill River is one of the tributaries of the River Thames. This 7 miles long river flows in a northerly direction through much low-lying land. Earlier between 1754 to 1875, the Hogsmill was occupied by a Gunpowder Mill Complex and presently, small part of this significant aspect of the Hogsmill’s history has been still preserved. You can embark on a journey and easily trace the river by on foot or by cycle.
One of the London’s longest River, River Brent starts at the junction of Dollis Brook and joins the Thames at Brentford. The word Brent in English means “sacred waters”. The River is over 16 miles long and divides Willesden and Wembley districts. River Brent is popular with locals and nature lovers for its beautiful location.
If you are planning an upcoming vacation in the popular city London, do not miss to explore these hidden gems in the heart of the city that made the city and its cultural heritage through the ages. The city’s unique vibe and character can also be determined through these Rivers and waterways, which are wonderfully novel way to delve into a compelling, unknown part of the city.
During you visit to this city, to get the feel of local and lead the life of a Londoner, you can opt to stay in a serviced apartment in popular neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Hackney, Greenwich, Islington and more.