Thames Town
Thames Town
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
It is NOT a ghost town at all!!! When we arrived, it was crowded with people just enjoying a day there. Thames was built beautifully. Lots of couples taking their wedding pics there. Families were taking their dogs for a walk. Great to enjoy the architecture and statues there. Yes, you can get fish and chips there!!! Plenty of restaurants, wine bars, cafes, ice cream shops there! There’s even a replica of Bristol’s Christ Church there! It was a long ride for us coming from Pudong, a good 1.5 hours. But worth the visit.
Written November 29, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,548 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
In Shanghai, you can meet the exotic and all-encompassing scenery, which will definitely make you want to return. Here in Thames Town, one gets the feel of being in London, England.
Written November 16, 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very London-like feeling from the classic red phone booths, Victorian architecture, European style statues, street names, statue of Sir Winston Churchill, and much more. Great cafes and restaurants in the area.
Written November 23, 2019
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Andrew D
Shanghai, Shanghai, China10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
As a British guy living in Shanghai, I was curious about this place after seeing it on UK TV a few years ago. Getting there is a bit of a hassle without a car, take subway Line 9 to Songjiang Xincheng, then a taxi ride (about 15RMB). The town was bigger than I expected with an attractive residential area along a canal, where it is easy to imagine you are in middle England, without the ducks. The central area of the town is very faded, however, and could do with some TLC. The town is popular with couples taking wedding photos, but few others. There are a couple of overpriced tea shops which looked nothing special. Most other shops were closed, though there was a decent bookshop with a few students lounging around. Thames Town is worth a visit, though it could be so much better. A good opportunity for a budding entrepreneur. Afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches anyone?
Written August 24, 2014
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Ruth C
84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
I quite enjoyed visiting Thames Town and seeing the Chinese version of a UK market town. I am British, so I found it fun comparing Thames Town to the real thing. As far as an attraction goes, it is a collection of buildings in a vaguely British style, many outdoor statues, and full size English-style church, some canals and a place where you can hire bikes, tandems and tridems to cycle around the cobbled streets. Many of the shops were closed or empty when I visited, but there were still plenty there, and many restaurants too, ranging from British to Italian to Chinese. There were several convenience stores and coffee shops too, so really I don't think you'd find any problem getting something to eat or drink. We had a good quality gastro-pub style lunch in a place called Glo London.
The main attraction of visiting is to wander around the streets and enjoy the architecture and buildings, and I also enjoyed watching the Chinese couples having their wedding photos taken (it is a favourite spot for them!) It was quite busy when I visited, during the Chinese National Holiday, but nowhere near as crowded as other Shanghai attractions are during that time.
Although there aren't that many British-themed attractions per se in the town, the Songjiang Art Museum is within the town - I didn't visit, but it looked large and new and a visit there would probably make Thames Town a day long outing.
I've rated it 4 stars, but I think it's a good place for Shanghai residents to visit and I had a good time there. It's not really a must-see for tourists just spending a short time in the city, because it's such a long way from the centre of Shanghai!
To get the Thames Town you need to take the metro to Songjiang University Town station, and then take a taxi (about 22RMB, 10 minute ride) to the Thames Town area. The taxi drivers won't understand if you give English names (e.g. Thames Town, or any of the English road names inside), so bring the name and address in Chinese, or a map of where you want to go.
Written October 4, 2016
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Wanassanon K.
Thailand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
I really love this place. It is elegant and the feelings fulfill of European style.

Take the line 9 to Songjiangzhongxin 松江中心, then take the 2 exit --->> cross the road --->>> turn right walk along the foot path --->>> catch the bus no.16 about 5 bus stop ---->>> after that, walk along the footpath pass the road with the red-orange walls along 2 sides --->>> finally, you will see a sign ''Thames town''.
Written December 10, 2016
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MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China2,247 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Thames town is an area of the Shanghai suburbs built in an English style. The idea is good and the place really does look like a piece of suburban England complete with red phone boxes but.... There really isn't a great deal to do. There are many bars and restaurants but all are quiet and most shops are closed. The whole place has an air of neglect and it appears to be a forgotten experiment. It is a bit of a distance from downtown Shanghai, but if you fancy a day out and a bit of a walk give it a try
Written July 31, 2013
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Jeremy G
Singapore545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located about 1 hour drive from city centre. Nice cozy town. Looking for a parking lot during weekend may be a challenge. Many eateries there, and reasonably priced. Good place for some architecture photography.
Written March 7, 2015
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ShanghaiKatesC
Jakarta, Indonesia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
This place is worth a visit with the kids on an afternoon when the city gets too much! Surreal escapism, China-style! Don't expect shops and restaurants but take a packed lunch or picnic and enjoy the architectural efforts that have gone in to making a housing estate feel like a small English market town. Complete with church (larger than we thought it would be) and the requisite photo shoots for weddings etc, are in abundance here. My little girl loved all the princess outfits.
The traffic was kind to us during the October holidays and it only took around 40 minutes to drive out to Songjiang New City.
Written September 29, 2014
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AroundSH
Kelowna, Canada10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
Thames town is a bit of a trek from the centre of Shanghai. From line 9 it's another 7-10 minutes by taxi. That being said, it's a quiet and relaxing place to go. Really it's the novelty of the place that is worth seeing. The whole place tries to live up to its name and looks a lot like a European village. On a Sunday afternoon the place is packed with wedding photographers shooting pictures. They're worth watching too. Not a place to bring the kids as they'll find it boring.
Written April 28, 2013
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