Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. London Bridge has plenty of important architectural feats to explore and admire, with this year’s participants including: The View from The Shard Bridge Theatre Science Gallery London Museum of Life Sciences, King’s College London Guy’s Campus Unicorn Theatre City Hall Anise Gallery The Low Line There are over 800 buildings taking part this year. For a full listing and to plan your weekend visit openhouselondon.org.uk
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this June in the vibrant area of London Bridge… #AtLondonBridge Top 5 1. London Bridge Open Kitchen | Tooley Street | 29th & 30th June The biggest London Bridge Open Kitchen yet returns this June, celebrating the area’s thriving food and drink scene. This year’s annual feast will take place over 2 days in front of the brand new London Bridge station. Free to enter, the festival brings an array of incredible restaurants and bars out onto the street, including Tom Simmons, Londrino, The Coal Shed, Flour & Grape, Santo Remedio and Hawksmoor. Book your FREE ticket/ find out more 2. London Bridge City’s Summer by the River – London Bridge City Riverside – Throughout June London Bridge City’s Summer by the River is set to return to the banks of the Thames this June with a 3 month long line-up promising an exciting array of events and entertainment. Stretching along the riverside from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, the free English country garden themed festival will play host to music performances, live comedy, outdoor cinema screenings and much more, with each day of the week based around a different theme. Find out more 3. London Festival of Architecture in London Bridge – Various Locations – Throughout June For the first time, London Bridge has become a hub for the festival, hosting a packed timetable of exciting events and experiences around the area. From exclusive preview tours of the Science Gallery London, to Yoga sessions at One Tower Bridge – check out the full timetable. Find out more 4. Make Music Day UK in London Bridge – Various Locations – 21st June Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Join in the celebrations in London Bridge as London-based Kinetika Bloco lead a carnival-style procession from the north side of the Thames starting at 6:00pm, across London Bridge, before weaving through the More London Estate. Find out more 5. My Name is Lucy Barton Bridge Theatre | 3rd-23rd June Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Book tickets More in London Bridge 1st and 8th , 15th, 22nd, 29th June – Émigré Architect DRMM Film Screening* 2nd June – Provisions Artisan Market – Courage Yard* 2nd June – Bridging Identities: Shad Thames Reinvented* 4th June – Yoga on the Beat – The Scoop 4th June – Mindful Monday – London Bridge Hive 5th June – Vine to Glass Wine Tasting – WSET School London 5th , 12th, 13th, 20th, 26th, June – London Bridge Revealed Guided Walks* 6th and 20th June – Science Gallery London Site Tour* 7th June – Brass Hysteria – The Scoop 7th June – Interactive Music Workshop – London Bridge Hive 7th, 21st, 28th June – Yoga in the Podium Garden – One Tower Bridge Until 10th June – Ardyn Halter, Paintings and Screen Prints – Eames Fine Art 16th June – Gelato E Architecture – Casswell Bank Architects* 16th June – London Reimagined – Tower Bridge* 18th June – Veuve Clicquot & Cloudy Bay Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th June – Havana Londres: The Cuban Dance School in London – Summer by The River 19th June – Monet and Architecture Lecture – London Bridge Hive* 21st June – Architectural Tour of Borough Market – DLA Design* 23rd June – Sardine Festival – Londrino / Jose/ Elliotts 25th June – Mediterranean Cheese Night – London Bridge 30th June – Kids Plant Workshop – Hay’s Galleria 30th June – Talk – Arrival: Celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed – City Hall *Part of London Festival Architecture, click here for full line up in London Bridge Throughout June Beatriz Milhazes Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre
Whether you are new to the area or are just keen to learn more about the neighbourhood, our FREE guided walking tour of London Bridge provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) and lass for approx 90 mins. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take you to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as you go along. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes. Places are limited so please book your free ticket on Eventbrite here.
The theme of London Festival of Architecture 2017 festival is ‘memory’, explored through a wide range of events and activities from 1-30 June 2017. London is a city of myriad layers, each infused with memory: of people, buildings, places and experiences. London’s built environment, with memories bound up within it, is fundamental to how people experience the city, and the starting point from which architects, developers and communities can address change. As part of the LFA, Team London Bridge will deliver a range of events, talks and walks, including London Bridge Open Kitchen, where a collection of London Bridge’s finest restaurants, bars and breweries gather for an al fresco evening on St Thomas Street. Events A Place for Old and New – The Scoop at More London – Monday, 5th June 2017 London Bridge Station – Secret Tour – London Bridge Station – Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Screening London Bridge Memories – The Scoop at More London – Thursday, 22 June 2017 London Bridge Open Kitchen – St Thomas Street – Wednesday 28th June 2017 (details coming soon) Full listing here.
Part of London Craft Week Jewellery designer Alex Monroe and award winning architects DSDHA present ‘A Space for Making’, a conversation chaired by visual arts writer Veronica Simpson. The talk explores Monroe’s new workshop space, designed by DSDHA, followed by an extensive tour of the building. 4 May 17:00 — 19:30 Book tickets Booking: Necessary Talk/Tour: Booking necessary, 30 places, £15 + vat Alex Monroe, 42 Tower Bridge Rd, London, SE1 4TR
Part of London Craft Week 2017 The architects behind London’s tallest landmark discuss making one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. A rare opportunity to hear from the architect and engineers as they discuss the challenges they faced, as well as viewing the original models and designs of the building. The making of the Shard required very particular techniques, including the top-down technique for the tower’s structure, the first time the method had been attempted on a building of this scale. Joost and an engineer will be discussing how they overcame the logistical difficulties and site constraints of a major building project in central London, as well as the efficient technology used for energy conservation. From using extra-white glass to give the tower a lightness and sensitivity to the ever-changing sky around it, this talk will explore how the facade was one of the most important elements of the building. 5 May 14:30 — 16:00 Book tickets Talk: booking necessary, 30 places, £20 + vat The Shard 32 London Bridge St London SE1 9SG