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Shard Lights 2017

Published on 06th December 2017

Shard Lights is a show full of colour and sparkles. This December, the night sky around The Shard will be illuminated with a mesmerising pattern every 15 minutes, and each hour will be marked with a dazzling display. Leading to a crescendo at midnight, Shard Lights creates a visual timepiece for the capital. If you capture a photo on your camera or phone, enter the #ShardLights competition for a chance to win photography equipment and some incredible experiences at The View from The Shard, aqua shard and oblix east. There’s a different colour to capture each day. Counting down to the start of 2018, see a unique white display on New Year’s Eve before the final colour display from when the clock strikes midnight to dawn on New Year’s Day.

December Diary

Published on 27th November 2017

Check out the array of events and activities taking place this December in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Christmas by the River – London Bridge City – Throughout December London’s most picturesque Christmas market returns to the banks of the River Thames for its fourth year. Set against the backdrop of some of London’s most loved landmarks, the market hosts over 60 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Christmas by the River will also host a wide range of workshops at its very own chalet style event space to make sure you’re ready for the holiday season physically, creatively and romantically.   An Evening of Cheese – Borough Market – 7th December | 6-9PM Get ready for late night shopping as Borough Market opens its gates for an evening of cheese on December 7th. Over 20 of Borough Market’s renowned cheesemongers will be ready and waiting to waft an array of exquisite cheeses under your nose. Visitors will have a chance to chat to cheese experts and producers about their craft and find something unique to take home to feature on this year’s Christmas cheeseboard.   Festive Film Nights at The View from The Shard – 12th Decemberr + TBC The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show will host two festive film nights at The View from The Shard this December. Bring a loved one to the top of London’s tallest building with the capital’s lights twinkling below. Bonus – you’ll be seriously close to the flight path of Father Christmas! The first to be announced is Miracle on 34th Street, with a follow up screening to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more details. Joyeux Noelle Wreath Making Workshop – Wednesdays throughout December Create your own little piece of Christmas magic at Interior Stylist and Designer Tricia Noëlle’s Wreath Making Workshops. The workshops will be held at Le Pain Quotidien in Borough Market, where you’ll have the opportunity to design your very own Christmas Wreath using faux pheasant feathers, pearls and a touch of sparkle to bring your Christmas creativity to life, whilst enjoying a glass of fizz. Merry & Bite – Courage Yard – December 8th Join StreetFoodMarkets at the Courage Yard on 8th December for their seasonal street feast Merry & Bite. The pop-up event will take place over Friday lunchtime, 11:30am-3pm, at the recently refurbished destination, located off Shad Thames next to Tower Bridge. Feast on global cuisines from 13 of London’s most sought-after street food traders and shop for gifts at a selection of London’s top independent makers stalls.   MORE EVENTS 1st – 10th December – Chris Guest Solo Exhibition – Underdog Gallery 2nd December – Tree Houses & Late Nights – Oblix Until December 3rd  – Paul Catherall Brutalism | Modernism – Eames Fine Art 4th December – Canape Christmas Dinner with Matching Wines – Vivat Bacchus 7th December – Christmas Light Switch On – Borough Market 16h December – Elpless Elves – Fantasy High Street 20th December – Festive Pompoms with Katie Jones – Fashion & Textile Museum 31st December – New Year’s Eve at The Shard – The Shard Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Thursday – Live Music & Djs – Oblix East Throughout December – The Velveteen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre Throughout December – Young Marx – Bridge Theatre Throughout December – Tower of London Ice Rink – Tower Bridge Throughout December – Gilbert & George, The Beard Pictures and their Fuckosophy – White Throughout December – Louise Dahl-Wolfe A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum Throughout December – ‘The Tree of Glass’ by Lee Broom and Nude – Aqua Shard

An Evening of Cheese

Get ready for late night shopping as Borough Market opens its gates for an evening of cheese on December 7th. Over 20 of Borough Market’s renowned cheesemongers will be ready and waiting to waft an array of exquisite cheeses under your nose. Visitors will have a chance to chat to cheese experts and producers about their craft and find something unique to take home to feature on this year’s Christmas cheeseboard. The night will also play host to Francis and Bronwen Percival, renowned author’s of new book Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese. They’ll be doing two engaging talks at the demonstration kitchen, the first all about cheese and milk microbes, and the second on farming and cheese flavour. A little later traders will be competing in the ‘cracking of the parmesan wheel’, a head-to-head competition with trader Bianca e Mora. The competition will be fierce – not to be missed!

Festive Wine Pairings with WSET

The parsnips are peeled, the turkey’s trussed and the brussels are boiled… now, what to drink? Our local experts Christine Marsiglio and Lauren Denyer from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust are here to help you select the perfect pairings. Lauren has a background in education having taught at secondary school level for 12 years, before a slight career change to teach about wine.  Her favourite regions are Languedoc Roussillon, Priorat & Champagne. Lauren is also a certified Sherry educator and has recently spent a week in Jerez. Christine holds a Master of Science in Oenology and Viticulture.  She worked in Provence before moving to London where she started working for Decanter magazine, however now she’s a full time educator at the WSET School London.  Christine is currently enrolled in the Masters of Wine programme. Her favourite wine regions include Loire valley and New Zealand.   Crayfish Cocktail  “Cremant de Jura is great alternative to Champagne and is made from the same grape, Chardonnay. This sparkling wine would complement many seafood starters and is a perfect way to ramp up your appetite for the main course. With zingy acidity and lemony biscuit aromas, it’s a great way to start your meal.”  – Christine Turkey & Trimmings “A light and refreshing red wine made from Pinot Noir, Sancerre Rouge has delicate tannins, cranberry fruit flavours and hints of spice. This will pair well with your main turkey dish as it won’t overpower the meat. Perfect, especially if serving a cranberry sauce on the side.” – Christine Nut Roast “One piece of food pairing advice is to pair like with like. An older white wine like a white Rioja Reserva will have developed lovely walnut and hazelnut character. This is a rich full-bodied dry style of wine that has also spent considerable time in oak barrels so will enhance the flavours of the dish by adding hints of smoke, vanilla and coconut.” – Lauren Christmas Pudding “Rivesaltes Grenat is a sweet, fortified wine coming from the South of France and has ripe and baked red and black fruit flavours with silky soft tannins and hints of chocolate; a perfect match with your Christmas pudding. Watch out though as the alcohol can be up to 18%; in this case a little goes a long way!” – Christine Cheese Board “Palo Cortado Sherry is a complex dry style of Sherry with some savoury olive and yeasty flavours. With age it has developed nuttier, caramel and dried fruit character making it a great accompaniment to many different styles of cheese. The fruity and caramel notes compliment the more lively goats cheeses and blue cheeses, with the nutty and savoury character adding more depth to more mature harder styles of cheese.” – Lauren ABOUT WSET Established in 1969, WSET School London is the flagship course provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.  Thanks to industry leading educators and our carefully selected tasting samples, our courses help students take their knowledge to the next level. Interested to know more? Visit: www.wsetschool.com  

Merry & Bite

Published on 13th November 2017

Join StreetFoodMarkets at the Courage Yard on 8th December for their seasonal street feast Merry & Bite. The pop-up event will take place over Friday lunchtime, 11:30am-3pm, at the recently refurbished destination, located off Shad Thames next to Tower Bridge. Feast on global cuisines from 13 of London’s most sought-after street food traders, including the likes of Chalana Steak Wraps, BellyNBao and Comptoir Gourmand. Everyone will be catered for with veggie, vegan and gluten-free offerings on the day. For those who are partial to a festive tipple or two, The Gin Craze will be bringing their converted horsebox bar – making this the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry. The event will also feature an artisan market made up of 20 stalls inside the pavilion at Courage Yard. Expect to find gourmet cheeses, olives, bread, teas, preserves and sweet treats to stock your cupboards with just in time for the party season. Plus, some of London’s top independent makers will be showcasing the ultimate gifts – consider your Christmas shopping sorted! FREE Courage Yard, Shad Thames, SE1 2NJ www.courageyard.com @CourageYard

November Diary

Published on 08th November 2017

Check out the array of events and activities taking place this November in the vibrant area of London Bridge…   Gilbert and George – White Cube Bermondsey – From November 22nd White Cube celebrates 50 years of the art of Gilbert & George with a new exhibition across all four galleries at Bermondsey. THE BEARD PICTURES go on show alongside THE FUCKOSOPHY, a collection of nearly 4000 pronouncements and mottoes created by the artists. FREE | whitecube.com   London Bridge Community Christmas Carols – Potters Fields Park (by City Hall) – 30th November, 4.30PM Join the children of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools along with volunteers from local businesses on November 30th, as they carol their way from City Hall, Potters Fields Park along to Hay’s Galleria. Christmas lights will be switched on at both locations with special guest, the Mayor of Southwark kicking off the evening. Plus, there’ll be an appearance from the Snow King and Queen and festive treats at the end of the service. FREE | atlondonbridge.com   Courtney Pine featuring Omar + Nikki Yeoh – Bridge Theatre – 13 November, 7:30pm Following their sold-out Barbican show in March, the return of this new project which sees two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, and performing new material together for the first time at the Bridge Theatre. Tickets start at £15 | bridgetheatre.co.uk   The Velveteen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre – From 17th November This heart-warming story returns to the Unicorn Theatre for the festive period. This very shy toy rabbit longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… Tickets £12 | unicorntheare.com   LoveBorough@Christmas: Edible Gifts with Alissa Timoshkina – Borough Market – November 19th, 12.30PM It’s party time at Demo Kitchen this week as Alissa Timoshkina enlightens us with gift ideas that all the family can get involved in making. Join Alissa as she draws on her Russian heritage to create some unusual and delicious presents that will keep until Christmas. FREE | boroughmarket.org.uk   MORE EVENTS 10th November – Young Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – The Bridge Theatre Until 12th November – Laika – The Unicorn Theatre From 17th November – Vandal with Care – The Underdog Gallery 18th November – Southwark Sleepout – Borough Market 20th November – Barolo Wine Tasting Dinner with Prunotto – Aqua Shard 21st November – Dinner with Balvenie – Oblix West 23rd November – Post War Fashion Illustration – Fashion & Textile Museum 23rd November – Film Night: The Abominable Dr Phibes – The Old Operating Theatre 23d November – A Very Texan Thanksgiving – Texas Joe’s 27th November – Boozy Cheese Night – Vivat Bacchus 30th November – Vintage Costume Jewelery – Fashion & Textile Museum   Every Thursday – Live Music & DJs – Oblix West Every Wednesday –  Tricia Noëlle’s Wreath Making Workshop – Le Pain Quotidien Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Throughout November – Louise Dahl Wolf – A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum  

TwoRuba by the Pier

Published on 27th October 2017

The Hilton Tower Bridge’s TwoRuba bar is popping up at the London Bridge City Pier as part of Christmas by the River this year. With the beautiful backdrop of the City of London and Tower Bridge, TwoRuba’s pop-up is the perfect place to admire the view and soak up the festive spirit. 11am to 10pm

Elpless Elves

Returning to Christmas by the River this year is the ‘Elpless Elves Adventure Trail. Run by Fantasy High Street, children and their families can join in an interactive performance adventure trail across London Bridge City. There are five slots available, with each trail lasting approximately 45 minutes meeting at Hay’s Galleria. The event is free of charge but booking is required.

Borough Market Christmas Opening Times

Borough Market will be filled with the look, sounds, smells and tastes of Christmas this festive season! To give shoppers as much time as possible to soak up the atmosphere they’ll be extending their opening hours. Check the dates and times below to see when they’re open. Christmas is an extra special time at Borough Market. With the historic arches decked out in beautiful decorations, the sound of bells and Christmas carols in the background, the scent of mulled wine in the air and, crucially, a plethora of seasonal produce to choose from – it’ll be hard not to get into the spirit. In what has become a Christmas tradition at the Market, they will be extending opening hours to allow shoppers more time to stock up on gifts and food for the Christmas dinner table. Their traders have sourced the best ingredients and treats from around the world and would be only too happy to advise on what to get. It will also be worth making the trip for the numerous events and demonstrations taking place throughout the month. Check the times below so you don’t miss out.   Weds 06 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 (Switching on the Christmas lights 18.30) Thurs 07 Dec 10.00 – 16.00 (Evening of Cheese 18.00 – 21.00) Fri 08 Dec 10.00 – 18.00 Sat 09 Dec 08.00 – 17.00 Sun 10 Dec 10.00 – 16.00 Mon 11 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Tues 12 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Weds 13 Dec 10.00 – 20.00 (Late night shopping) Thurs 14 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Fri 15 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Sat 16 Dec 8.00 – 17.00 Sun 17 Dec 10.00 – 16.00 Mon 18 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Tues 19 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Wed 20 Dec 10.00 – 20.00 (Late night shopping) Thurs 21 Dec 8.00 – 20.00 (Late night shopping) Fri 22 Dec 8.00 – 18.00 Sat 23 Dec 8.00 – 17.00 Sun 24 Dec 10.00 – 16.00 Mon 25 Dec Closed Tues 26 Dec Closed Wed 27 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Thurs 28 Dec 10.00 – 17.00 Fri 29 Dec 10.00 – 18.00 Sat 30 Dec 08.00 – 17.00 Sun 31 Dec 10.00 – 16.00 Mon 01 Jan Closed

London Bridge Christmas Carols

Published on 23rd October 2017

London Bridge Christmas Carols Join the children of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools along with volunteers from local businesses on November 30th, as they carol their way from City Hall, Potters Fields Park along to Hay’s Galleria. Christmas lights will be switched on at both locations with special guest, the Mayor of Southwark kicking off the evening. Plus, there’ll be an appearance from the Snow King and Queen and festive treats at the end of the service. Antlers and Santa hats are optional, but strongly encouraged! When? Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 4:30pm Where? Meet at Potters Fields Park by City Hall, end by 5:30pm in Hay’s Galleria. Please register here.