The distance from Coventry in the West Midlands to Brighton in East Sussex varies between 158 miles and 200 miles depending on the roads you take. However, the quickest route is down the M40, around the M25 and then following the M23 all the way to the south coast. At best this journey should take between 2h45 and 3h in car, though at rush hour it can take a lot longer (especially if you get caught up on the M25).

A coach from Coventry to Brighton will take a lot longer, as you will need to change bus in London and so it will take around 5h30m.

Taking a train will also involve plenty of changes in London but won’t take any more than 3 hours in most cases.

So, the best bet for going from Coventry to Brighton will definitely be either taking the car or getting a train.

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We’re very excited that Thames Leisure have announced that they’re now doing afternoon tea cruises in London. Can’t wait to try one out next year!

Here’s all of the details: Afternoon Tea Cruises.


Here’s a good selection of events coming up in London in 2016. Time to get preparing for the New Year!

thamesleisure.co.uk/the-best-events-and-festivals-on-the-thames


For anyone looking for a Christmas party in London with a difference we fully recommend booking a cruise with Thames Leisure. You won’t be disappointed!

To find out more information about their Christmas cruises on the Thames go to thamesleisure.co.uk/christmas-river-thames-cruises


It may seem a little crazy these days but the River Thames used to freeze over a lot! In fact, between 1400 and 1814 the Thames froze over on 24 occasions. Though you might thank that this had something to do with some kind of ice age during previous centuries, it was actually mainly to do with the flow of the river. The Thames was broader and shallower in the Middle Ages, with no embankment, and this meant there was a slower flow, perfect for icing over. As the infrastructure of the river changed, with new piers and bridges, the flow began to increase and now it’s almost impossible for the river to completely freeze over.

What’s remarkable about the fact that the Thames used to freeze over is that on these instances the people would actually hold fairs on the river, full of drinking, revelry and all kinds of events. One time even an elephant was walked across the ice. There’s a really interesting article about the River Thames’ Frost Fairs at Thames Leisure.

So, to answer the above question the last time the Thames actually completely froze over was in 1814. There have been partial freezes since, such as The Big Freeze of 1963 but it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a Frost Fair on the river again.


Have you ever wondered why people refer to the Thames as the “River Thames” and not the “Thames River”? Unfortunately, if you’re after an answer there is no definitive one. It happens to be one of those instances where over the years the way we use language has changed, though some of the words we use have not.

Generally speaking, since days of yore in Great Britain, it’s been common practice for the word ‘river’ to be placed before the river’s name, so in the UK you have the River Avon, River Severn, River Thames, River Wye, and so on and on. It is thought that this is a relic dating back to the Norman invasions and the influence the French had, as there practice would always be to put the word ‘river’ first. This is common amongst all romance languages, so would certainly explain why we do that in the UK.

It shows a big difference to how they refer to rivers in North America where the word ‘river’ normally comes after, e.g. Hudson River, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Yukon River, and so on.

If you’d like to find out more about the River Thames take a look at this interesting post we came across: The History of the River Thames.


Here’s a great guide from our friends at Morgan Kelly Solicitors, giving out some top tips for ensuring your property purchase/sale goes through without a hitch.