Quay Players Musical Theatre is a community-based charity that puts on two high-quality productions a year at The Greenwood Theatre. Their festive production this year is Alice in Wonderland. Book tickets here.
After the success of last year’s ‘Merry & Bite’, the event returns this year with a double day event. The Courage Yard’s Christmas ‘Provisions’ market will be on Friday 7th December 10.30am-3.30pm and Saturday 8th December 11am-4pm. On Friday, head along for ‘Merry & Bite’, the street food market serving warming local food, perfect for a winters lunchtime. Grab a hot patty from PattyMan, a comforting bowl of soup from Ladle, a delicious salt beef sandwich from The Bull and Brisket or even a few glasses of mulled wine. On Saturday artisan market, Provisions will return with a Christmas twist. Find provisions and even more tasty treats as you indulge in Christmas merriment with over 25 stalls to browse. Read more >>
Join the children of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools on the 29th November along with volunteers from local London Bridge businesses as they carol their way from City Hall, Potters Fields Park along to Hay’s Galleria, ending inside London Bridge station. The Mayor of Southwark will be the special guest to kick off the evening, plus the glowing Angel accompanied by Winter Dancers will delight the crowd. Christmas lights will be switched on at all three locations, plus more festive treats from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. The carols will start at 4:30pm in Potters Fields Park, just by City Hall. The estimated end time is 5:30pm in London Bridge station. This event is organised by Team London Bridge, Potters Fields Park, London Bridge City, London Bridge Station and The Bridges Federation.
Celebrate Christmas this year by visiting The View from The Shard on one of their “Drinks on us” party nights. Breathtaking views of the city, complimentary drinks at London’s highest bar and a top DJ playing until close – it’s a great way to end your day or start your night! Every Thursday and Friday evening from Thursday 22nd November to Thursday 13th December The View from The Shard is opening its bar and offering visitors complimentary drinks from 18:00 – 20:00. This offer represents a great value experience whether it be for a pre-Christmas get together, shopping trip or post work catch up. Whatever the occasion, this is a fantastic opportunity to finally take that trip up to the top of the iconic Shard building and enjoy the best views of London at Christmas with a drink in hand. The View from The Shard’s favourite DJ’s will be playing every evening from 19:30 adding to the atmosphere on the night. Availability is limited so visitors are advised to book early in order to take advantage of advance prices and secure their preferred date. • The Drinks are on Us Offer is valid on Thursday and Friday from Thursday 22nd November to Thursday 13th (inclusive) December 2018 – 18:00 and 20:00 • DJ’s performances start at 19:30 and play until closing • Adult prices from £22.40 – book in advance to save 30% • Offer excludes champagne, but you can upgrade with a supplement fee of £7 per glass • Excludes London Pass guests (upgrade fee required) Book tickets here.
Friday 30 November 11am – 7pm Saturday 1 December 10am – 5pm Sunday 2 December 10am – 5pm Come and join in this popular event with fabulous stalls, music and seasonal refreshments at Southwark Cathedral. Stalls include; Roz Lowe Ceramics – Hand made pots for the home and garden. Dandelion Silver – Jewellery made from vintage sterling silver cutlery. The Moon Up Above – Sculptured narrative jewellery using silver, bronze and copper. Inspired by the natural world. Cherubim Kids – Baby and children’s clothes, tut’s, baby-suits, hats, booties and bibs. Rainbow Cushions – Appliqued silk cushions, bags, purses – some made from upcycled fabrics. Silver Gem Gifts – A broad range of quality scarves, hats and gloves in a variety of styles and fabrics. Susan Crame Ceramics – Porcelain ceramics, tableware including vases, bowls, jugs, trinket bowls. Glazes are pastel shades of green, blue and lemon. Country Essentials – Hats and accessories, scarves, snoods, capes, ponchos. Kissing Princes – Bespoke hand-made jewellery with a fairy-tale twist. Emma Crossley Makes – Handmade buttons, knitting accessories, hand-sewn project bags, novelty skirts and aprons as well as sterling silver and resin jewellery. Peter Noy Woodturning – Handmade wooden bowls, pens, vases, clocks and tealights amongst other gifts made by hand. Jamface Chilli Jam – Delicious home-made chilli jam. Chapman’s Aromatics – Aromatic products made with herbs and essential oils to include soap, bath salts and melts, foot and hand creams. Victory Soaps – Soaps and art packaging includes specially themed gift sets. All Fired Up – Handmade Dichroic glass jewellery, scarves, beeswax hand and skincare products. Ian Anderson – Spectacle cases with classic, fun and avant garde designs. Upper Glass – Hand-made glass Christmas decorations and bowls, plates and other giftware. Fused glass, copper-foiled glass and lead panels. Peak Jewellery – Sculptural sterling silver jewellery inspired by mountain landscapes. Khamis Elzeki – Handmade jewellery of European origin. Phoebus Jewellery and Photography – Artisan jewellery and original photographs. Milenka Designs – Children’s gifts, aprons, personalised bookmarks and door hangers, soft toys and lots more. Portssonachan Hotel – Treat yourself to a break in this beautifully located Scottish hotel. Catcuddles Sanctuary – Hand-made cat inspired gifts. All funds help go back to ur sanctuary looking after unwanted cats in SE London. Seasonal Music There will be choirs performing in the Cathedral on the Saturday afternoon; Bermondsey Voices, Clapham Chorus, Borough Market Choir and the Welsh Chapel Choir.
This December, a mystical light will sparkle through London as Christmas by the River returns to illuminate London Bridge City into the Capital’s most scenic Christmas market under the stars. Let the stars lead you over the Thames to a magical riverside retreat. Nestled between the Pier and Tower Bridge, frosted cabins bask in the beauty of the Northern Lights, enticing you to stay a while, toast the season and shelter from the cold. Throughout December, Christmas by the River will host a series of free workshops from food and drink tastings to glittery arts and crafts and storytelling, attendees will be able to participate in a range of events to ensure they’re fully prepared for the festive season. Workshops 29 November at 6pm: Will Seaward – Grown up story telling 30 November at 6pm: Astrology Introduction 4 December at 1pm: That’s a Wrap 5 December at 12pm & 1pm: Wreath Making 5 December at 7pm: Jengal all the Way Speed dating 12 Deccember at 12 & 1pm: Christmas Table Decorations 14 December at 1pm: Jumper for Joy Find out more. Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:00 Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00 Christmas Eve: 11:00 – 17:00 Christmas Day: Closed New Year’s Eve: 11:00 – 20:00 2nd January: 11:00 – 17:00
DINNER, DESIGNED BY YOU. Directed by Toby Hulse Designed by A Line Art Take a seat in our make-believe Christmas restaurant, choose your ‘food’ and colour it in. And while you’re decorating your plate with cranberry red paint, salt and pepper glitter and bread sauce glue, the restaurant’s waiting-staff will entertain you with comedy, music and storytelling. A Line Art’s Anna Bruder has developed a huge following for her unique brand of interactive art and musical theatre shows where children and adults take part together. For ages 3+
By Filskit Theatre During the long, cold winter, Mr Penguin carefully guards his egg. Now this new dad needs to look after his newly born chick on his own and he’s not feeling confident. How will father and baby work it out together? A gorgeous, engaging and highly visual show by Filskit Theatre, the makers of Breaking the Ice (2015), whose signature style features playful and innovative projection and sound. This is a heart-warming tale about a child and parent learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This is a deaf-friendly and autism-friendly show. Ages 2-5
Get inspired for your festive cheeseboard at Borough Market’s annual ‘Evening of Cheese’. Wednesday 12th December from 6-9PM Try cheeses from over 20 of Borough Market’s renowned?cheesemongers UK and International producers. ? The popular event will see cheese stalls spread across the Green Market area with?experts on hand to offer recommendations for those looking to create a unique festive cheeseboard, advice on drinks pairings and delicious cheese recipes. One of Borough Market’s guest chefs will also inspire visitors with a festive cheese-based cooking demonstration in the glass-fronted Market Hall’s Demo Kitchen. Customers will be able to see traders competing in the ‘cracking of the parmesan wheel’, a head-to-head competition with Italian stallholder Bianca e Mora, whilst performances from local choirs and carol singers will bring the festive spirit to the market, which will be decorated with Christmas trees and garlands. This is a free event.
‘Tis almost the season! Whatever you’re looking for in your Christmas outing this year, we’ve searched out a shortlist of fabulous London Bridge venues to suit all sizes, tastes and budgets. 1. Santo Remedio For those who want to add a bit of spice to their celebrations, Santo Remedio have created a Mexican-inspired menu to share some of the country’s most iconic and festive dishes. The family-style sharing dining experience will be accompanied by music, cocktails and the best of Mexican hospitality. From £38 – £50pp. 2. The Coal Shed Perfectly placed just a stones-throw from London’s iconic Tower Bridge, The Coal Shed offer a number of celebration packages. Opt for the Festive Tasting Menu for a seasonal three-course meal, or an indulgent Festive Feasting Menu of 7 dishes, including Fire Roasted Market Fish, Coal Roasted Pork Belly, and Black Angus Prime Rib with a selection of delicious sides. From £45- £65 pp. 3. The Draft House Tower Bridge The Draft House Tower Bridge team can help you plan the perfect party to suit your needs, whether it’s for a full on festive bash, a meal with pals, or just a few celebratory drinks. They offer a Festive Finger Food Menu and a full Christmas Feast. From £15-£30 pp. 4. The Underdog Gallery For those looking for a proper knees-up, look no further than the Underdog Gallery’s Santa’s Grotto. Set in a railway arch on Crucifix Lane, party guests will find food sleighs, beer pong, the 12 Gins of Christmas and a Jagermeister Christmas tree. Contact for more information. 5. Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen Whether you’re looking for a traditional sit-down lunch/dinner, a festive drinks party area or an exclusive Christmas party venue hire, Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen have it covered in style. Their exposed brick interior will be transformed into a glittering paradise, and a tented yard bar and cosy ski lodge will transport you to the Alps. Contact for more information. 6. Londrino World-renowned Chef Leandro Carreira’s sharing menu is guaranteed to make your Christmas celebration one to remember. Ideal for the non-traditionalist, there’s no turkey in sight – instead Bisaro Presa takes centre stage alongside Portuguese-inspired dishes like hispi cabbage and black garlic biscuit. £48pp. 7. Gunpowder Tower Bridge Home-style Indian restaurant Gunpowder offers three festive feasting options featuring stuffed game birds, whole grilled fish and root vegetable pies with an Indian twist. If something isn’t on the menu that you were hoping for – they are also happy to discuss bespoke requests. Guests can make table bookings or hire out the entire upstairs space. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirements. From £30- £50 pp. 8. Oblix West Enjoy stunning views of London’s skyline as you dine on Oblix West’s indulgent take on the traditional Christmas lunch. Mains include stuffed turkey breast, truffled lentils & chanterelles and Organic pork chop, bacon relish & rosemary oil. £50pp. 9. Hiver Beers Hivequarters The Hiver Beers Taproom and Hivequarters is tucked away in a railway arch on Stanworth Street and comes equipped with a fully licensed bar serving award-winning craft Honey beer on tap. Their friendly and knowledgeable bar staff will be on-hand to look after your event and to help everyone get into the festive spirit. Check out their rate card here/ contact email@example.com/ 0203 1989 972 for more info. Check out more bars and restaurants in London Bridge >>