Monday 4 June 2012 10.20am
I too could not get to the riverfront. Was told by a policeman that Potter's Fields was closed as it was full up, but there was not a soul in there and there were barriers all around it.
I managed to glimpse the riverfront near Tower Bridge (through the barriers and huge police presence) and there were just a few people lining it, maybe about three deep.
The officer told me that all the big businesses along that stretch owned the land and they were having private parties. I am born and bred in this area and was much looking forward to this event. I was telling the officer I lived local, but he mentioned nothing about proving where I live.
What happened to the ancient rights of river access? There is small turning by the Anchor Brewhouse called Maggie Blake's Cause
, named after a local lady who campaigned to keep the river access open for all!