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Can we follow the example of other cities in Europe and make our capital’s river safe for swimming? Theo Thomas of the charity London Waterkeeper believes we can

‘A Thames Fit To Swim In’ would see a transformation in the way we can connect with and enjoy one of the world’s iconic rivers. To care for a river you have to know it, but we keep the Thames at arm’s length. While there are swimming pioneers who take to the river in London, they number in their hundreds. ‘A Thames Fit To Swim In’ would see tens of thousands of people venture into the water with the confidence that it was safe and they were welcome.

The non-tidal Thames has the potential to be a Designated Bathing Water. At present no river has this status in the UK. While creating a truly swimmable river will be a challenge it hasn’t stopped other northern European cities. Copenhagen has done it and so has Munich.

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