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“Riverside Quarter basks in autumn sunshine and sunglasses and wine coolers are seen outside Marco Polo. The new school term has brought out the novice rowers from Putney and beyond learning their strokes on the Thames, and a walk through Wandsworth Park sees the start of the football season on the pitches. Across the river, the leaves on the Hurlingham trees are starting to turn golden.
Meanwhile, work continues on the next phase of development at Riverside Quarter. The two storey basement providing car parking for all the new residents has had concrete slabs completed to lower basement floor level. The excavation works, under the supervision of main contractors Galliford Try and overseen by Card Geotecnics has removed 4,400 lorry loads of spoil off site. The cranes for each of the buildings have swung into action dwarfing hard hats and hi viz jackets down below.”
Wandsworth Artist's Open House
As Autumn approaches so does the feeling of wanting to cozy up on the sofa with a good book or a classic film. So there is no better time then now to start creating the perfect hideaway and this weekend is the Wandsworth Artists' Open House weekend. Over 200 artists will be showcasing their artworks, from pottery to photography, oil paintings to jewellery and everything in between. Amongst which the closest to Riverside Quarter are Ken and Margot Cox and the Collective Studios, both of which are showing their lively paintings and drawings of figures and landscapes. So follow the magical mystery tour to be able to engage with the artists themselves and explore the wonderful hidden world of wandsworth.
David Walliams completes swim
David Walliams said he felt relieved after completing a 140-mile swim along the length of the River Thames.
He reached Westminster Bridge eight days after starting near the river's source, during which he battled illness and rescued a dog.
By the time he finished Walliams had raised more than £1m for the Big Splash Challenge for Sport Relief.
After his swim, Walliams told the BBC: "A bath is the only water I want to see for quite a while."
The comedian had already completed swims across the English Channel in 2006 and the Strait of Gibraltar in 2008 in previous charity events.
The Little Britain star entered the water at Teddington Lock on Monday morning, completing a further 15 miles to reach his goal.
The last leg of his challenge saw him tackle the tidal stretch of the Thames, with strong currents and undertows, along with busy river traffic.
Walliams was greeted on Westminster Bridge by his wife Lara Stone who has been following his progress in a support boat.
Fellow comedians Lenny Henry and Miranda Hart and Olympic rower Steve Redgrave were among the huge crowd cheering him on.
David Walliams has raised more than £1m for Big Splash Challenge for Sport Relief As he clambered out of the water just before 18:30 BST towards a podium at County Hall on the southern bank of the Thames, there was a shower of red, white and blue ticker tape.
He said as he crossed the finish, there was a wave of "relief that I didn't have to do any more".
He began near Lechlade, in Gloucestershire, on 5 September but soon suffered a bout of "Thames tummy" which left him with a high temperature.
"It was hard work," Walliams told BBC News.
"It was really, really tough and the distance took it out of me. I did a lot of training but I don't know quite how you can prepare for this because it's an endurance event."
He said it was "beautiful" coming into London and seeing the Houses of Parliament in the sun.
"I felt really proud to be British and really proud that all the people cared," he said.
Organisers of the BT Sport Relief Challenge said Walliams's swim had raised £1,093,325 by the time he finished, with more continuing to come in.
David Walliams takes on the Thames
Today comedian David Walliams is to begin his epic journey for Sports Relief swimming the River Thames from Gloucestershire to London in his latest fundraising effort.
He will start at the river's source near Lechlade and finish at Big Ben.
Walliams said: "People often think of the Thames as just central London but there's 100 miles of it before you get to Teddington Lock."
The Big Splash Challenge for Sport Relief is 140 miles (225km) long and will take eight days to complete.
"The great thing about the Thames is that people who live around it can hopefully come out and see me.
"When I did this bike run from John O'Groats to Lands End last year and it was really lovely that people would come out, even in the middle of the night in the Lake District and cheer you on, so I thought it would be great to do something that people could come out and see."
In 2006 he swam the English Channel but this latest swim is the equivalent in length of swimming the English Channel seven times.
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