The ships will be anchored at two Tall Ships Festival villages, one at Greenwich town centre, the other at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. A huge Parade of Sail will start at about 5pm on Sunday 16 April, with around 40 huge Tall Ships and other vessels sailing down the Thames in convoy.
When the tide is out, you can walk along the city’s beaches and pick up precious objects that no-one else has touched for hundreds of years. The Thames foreshore, all the way from Greenwich to Putney and beyond, is littered with treasures: pottery, old clay tobacco pipes, brass buttons and glass bottles. Picking these up is an incredible sensation, and makes one feel deeply part of London’s ever-continuing history; finding them is called mudlarking.