The MGAU has landed in London Bridge. Look out on the streets of London Bridge for the Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit (MGAU), a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Seagulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape and MGAU importantly celebrates the unloved Gull. Visit the Unit to find out about their behaviour, calls and mating habits. Pick up an illustrated ‘Field Guide’ designed by the artist, find out information about what’s going on in the London Bridge area or enter our Summer drawing competition. Come and visit MGAU in these locations 11am – 7pm: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17; Melior Place Wednesday 18 – Friday 20; Holyrood Street by Gibbon’s Rent Saturday 21 and Sunday 22; King’s College London – Guy’s Campus, Memorial Gardens Monday 23 – Saturday 28; Potters Fields – beside Tower Bridge (11.30pm start) Mark Dion has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. For more information visit https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-dion-2789 and http://www.folkestoneartworks.co.uk/artists/mark-dion/ Mark Dion’s Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2008, now part of Folkestone Artworks. Supported by Potters Fields Management Trust, Ugly Duck, London Bridge Station , Southwark Council, King’s College London and presented by Team London Bridge. Photography by Simon Lamrock
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, award-winning journalist, former Sunday Times dating columnist and host of iTunes #1 podcasts, Love Stories and The High-Low, Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s bestselling début book, Everything I Know About Love, weaves together personal stories and satirical observations that resonate with women of every age. Interviewed live on stage at the Bridge Theatre by best friend and long-time collaborator, Lauren Bensted, expect wildly funny, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. With a reading from the author herself, and your chance to ask Dolly your own searching questions, this is a night not to be missed. Tickets: £30, £25, £15 Running Time approx: 1 hr 45 mins (inc a 20 min interval) Priority members on sale – Thursday 5 July, 10am General public on sale – Friday 6 July, 10am
For one night only the Old Operating Theatre Museum’s Herb Garret will transform itself to accommodate a very special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! It would be only appropriate that this experience will have specialty teas, including herbal ones inspired by the Herb Garret. In addition, guests will be able to choose from a range of amazing homemade baked goods and savoury treats to nibble on. While in the Museum, guests will be welcomed to follow the white rabbit to learn about 19th century insane remedies to cure everything and listen to an alternative take of Alice Adventures in Wonderland in the Operating Theatre. An imaginative experience that promises to be unforgettable. Limited spaces available Price: £25 *Access to the museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.
Memory defines us, whether the personal memories that shape our sense of self or the collective, cultural and historical memories on which societies build their identities. Located across White Cube’s London galleries at Bermondsey and Mason’s Yard, Memory Palace is articulated by an architectural framework that leads the viewer through six broad themes of memory: Historical, Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory. Find out more.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van. Ticket information
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
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. Monday – Fitness Tuesday – Film Night, outdoor cinema Wednesday – Comedy Thursday – Music Friday – FriYay! All singing all dancing interactive events Saturday – Family Day Sunday – World Music The festival will be teaming up with local culinary masters at Flat Iron Square and Look Mum No Hands to offer some of the capital’s finest street food pop-ups, serving up a rotating selection of delicious food and drink. Click here for the full line up
Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of 90s culture at the Don’t Look Back in Anger exhibition, coming to the Underdog Gallery for one night only this July. Celebrating 90s British life through art, visitors will be transported back to the last years of the 20th century, in an interactive evening of retro nostalgia. The ticketed event will include art, food, live music, board games and screenings. All art showcased on the night will be for sale, and available for purchase online following the event. Buy Tickets Highlight Nation is a platform dedicated to the nurturing of up and coming talent, whilst the Underdog Gallery continues to represent some of the finest mid-level and established artists. This collaboration is the first of its kind, and comes less than a year after Highlight Nation’s debut 2Pac – Changes art exhibition in September 2017.
Explore the iconic Shad Thames and discover its evolving identity at this free event, part of the upcoming London Festival of Architecture. Starting with local hospitality in a riverside restaurant, you’ll then hear about the area’s 19th century history, its reinvention through regeneration in the 1980s, and current developments. The discussion will be framed around buildings and social history from all periods as well as the riverside location, and the two bridges shaping Shad Thames – Tower Bridge and St Saviours Dock footbridge, both of which have exciting developments coming up. The event will end with a short walk around the area, finishing at Anise Gallery/AVR where you can visit their LFA exhibition “Scents of Shad Thames: Experience history through the senses” which explores the identity of Shad Thames in unexpected ways. Timings 10.30 Meet at Browns (Private Dining Room), Butlers Wharf Riverside Join us for refreshments and hear from different speakers about the past, present and future identity of the area. 11.30 Leave from Browns A short guided walk around Shad Thames, taking in historical buildings as well as current and future developments. 12.30 Visit to Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames Drop in to see Scents of Shad Thames.: Exploring history through the senses, a multi-sensory exhibition which includes discovering Shad Thames through virtual reality and other unexpected ways.
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this May in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern | Fashion Textile Museum | Opens 25th May Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Book Tickets Nightfall | Bridge Theatre | 1st– 26th May How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times Book Tickets London Pizza Festival | Borough Market | 20th May The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. There’s six pop up pizzerias to choose from and you can wash it all down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website. Days of Poland Festival | Potters Fields Park | 6th May Join in the fun at Potters Fields Park this weekend as the biggest Polish Festival in the UK returns to London. This family friendly festival will introduce Londoners and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. FREE event. More in May 4th- 20th May – A Solo Exhibition by Sculptor Ray Readdy – The Underdog Gallery 5th May – Open Studio – Eames Fine Art 8th May – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 10th May – Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London 12th May – Noisepicker Album Launch – The Underdog Gallery Until 13th May – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 14th May – Marvellous Malbec Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th May – The Book People at Cottons and No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 18th May – Jenny Chandler in Borough Market Demo Kitchen – Borough Market 19th May – Magnificent Machines – Tower Bridge 19th May – Music Weekender – Retribution Alive – The Underdog Gallery 20th May – London Pizza Festival – Borough Market 21st – 25th May – VB’s Annual South African Wine Festival – Vivat Bacchus 22nd May – Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – WSET School London 27th May – Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre 29th – 30th May – What are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Shake Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement 2 day Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Free Family Activities – Jumping Buses (London History Day) – Tower Bridge Throughout May Beatriz Milhazes – Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre Bridge House States Exhibition – Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – Tower Bridge Family Experience – The View from The Shard Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market