Category: Art & Culture Dates: Friday, 06 September 2013 to Sunday, 15 September 2013 Guests staying in luxury hotels in London this September can take advantage of the entertainment on show during the annual Mayor's Thames Festival. Taking place between Friday 6th and Sunday 15th September, the event will be a celebration of London's iconic river with art, music and educational events held both on and off the water. Unlike previous years, when the festival took place over one weekend and featured a night parade and fireworks display, this year will see a season of bespoke events being held over ten days. The majority of these are set to take place along the stretch of the Thames between Lambeth Bridge and St Katharine Docks. They will include a water-borne operatic performance by a flotilla of historic vessels; the Thames' first floating art fair; and the Great River Race, which will see 340 boats competing in the Thames' biggest race. "By shedding the restriction of a weekend and broadening its geographical horizons, combined with a fantastic and wide-ranging programme of events, the festival will inspire people to reconnect with London's greatest natural asset in new and surprising ways," commented festival director Adrian Evans. "The programme includes lots of fantastic river-based events and activities that will appeal to people of all ages, as well as unforgettable public art commissions. A highlight will certainly be 1513: A Ships' Opera. It is only being performed once and we guarantee it will be an unforgettable experience for anyone who sees it." 1513: A Ships' Opera is taking place on Saturday 14th September between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, with the main act commencing at 7.45pm. Performing in the show will be an armada of historic vessels using their steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannons. It is being directed by Richard Wilson, the Turner Prize-nominated sculptor, and Zatorski + Zatorski, who are collaborative artists working in the areas of film, installation, sculpture and photography. Base yourself just a stone's throw from the river at The Rubens at the Palace, which offers a discount to those who Book Early and Save.