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The River Thames flows through southern England. While it is best known for flowing through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, and Windsor.

The Thames is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. It rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea via the Thames Estuary. On its way, it passes through London, the country's capital, where the river is deep and navigable to ships; the Thames drains the whole of Greater London. Its tidal section, reaching up to Teddington Lock, includes most of its London stretch and has a rise and fall of some 7 metres (23 ft). The etymology of its name is much debated, though the modern English form derives from the Latin 'Tamesis'.

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