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. London Bridge City’s Summer by the River launches Friday 1st June. Stay tuned 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
An exhibition dedicated to one of UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Orla Kiely’s stylised graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. 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 Fashion & Textile Museum offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. Meet Orla Kiely and see the exhibition at a special preview event on May 24th. Book here. Tickets Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability ££9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students * Includes 10% gift aid Children under 12 are free. Book Online
People from across London came together on Sunday 22nd April to dance The NELKEN Line, as part of The Pina Bausch Foundation’s world-wide participatory project. This famous sequence is from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter line from NELKEN, 1982 by iconic German choreographer Pina Bausch. Watch out for familiar sights as the dancers weave their way through the London Bridge area, led by world-renowned dance artist Dickson Mbi. The venture forms part of a global project created in partnership with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Team London Bridge, London Bridge City, Potters Fields Management Trust, Network Rail, King’s College (Guy’s Campus) and Southwark Council. Read more about The NELKEN-Line Project. An Interview with Dickson Mbi https://vimeo.com/266354950/49e277a81c. Dickson Mbi will feature in the BBC Four programme Tuesday, 8 May at 19.30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2lx9h. He can also be seen performing his own work at Sadler’s Wells on 5 and 6 June at 8pm https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2018/akram-khan-company-portraits-in-otherness/
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 General Information Ticket Prices £65, £50, £35, £25, £15 Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees Premiums tickets available Performance Schedule Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm & Sunday 3pm Purchase Tickets
In 2013 Owner and Founder of BOB’s Lobster, Rob Dann (pictured centre) set out on a mission to blur the boundaries of fine dining and street food; serving exquisite seafood and wines curb-side from a VW Campervan. Five years on, the business has gone from strength to strength and now BOB’s are preparing to park up permanently for the first time in the arches of London Bridge. Here’s the low down on what’s to come. Tell us about the journey of BOB’s Lobster so far… Wow, what a journey its been. I guess it started in 2012 in Indiana, USA, which is where our 1957 VW camper came from. We figured since Indiana was in-land that rust would be minimal (we were wrong). We imported her to the UK and over 9 months transformed her into a the most unique food and wine outlet London has seen and we haven’t stopped since. After almost 5 years of touring, pop-ups and collaborations, our little food truck has given us so much more than we ever envisaged or bargained for. Countless meals in countless neighbourhoods, running late in to the night, a hangout for culinary tourists from all over the world, a front row seat at fashion shows and concerts and more lobster than you can imagine… all from possibly the smallest kitchen in the world! Of course there were also countless van breakdowns, many midnight trips to market, a distinct lack of sleep and the odd downpour, but we wouldn’t change a thing! We are excited to announce that it is time to hang up the keys and park ourselves in our first permanent site this year, right where it all began at London Bridge, delivering our signature seafood extravagance and stellar wines in a casual setting. What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London Bridge/ why did you choose London Bridge as a location? It’s so exciting to open our first BOB’s Lobster down the road from our sister wine bar Bedales of Borough, not to mention where it all started and we hosted our first ever pop up, right at the intersection of London’s iconic Borough Market and the buzz of Bermondsey Street. How would you describe BOB’s philosophy? We have a philosophy of good food, good wine and great hospitality. We wanted to challenge convention and formal dining rooms, stripping away white linen table cloths and serving up seafood extravagance curb-side with a street food twist. We’re excited to hear that the new restaurant will also be home to a wine bar – can you tell us your ideal dish and wine pairing? Our Dorset crab tortellini, with shaved bottarga in smoked tomato broth works so well with a glass of Viognier, Roussanne Granit Blanc 2017, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, Vincent Paris, Rhone, France. The Viognier, which is aromatic, rich and creamy is a perfect match with the sweet meat of the crab and the weight of the wine ideal for the silky texture of the pasta. Can you summarise the BOB’s Lobster experience in 3 words? Extravagant. London. Fun If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? The smoked river Exe mussels & braised ox cheek toast is amazing, it will change your life. BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to open at Unit 59, St Thomas Street on May 18th 2018.
Join Borough Market on Sunday 22nd April for a family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre, celebrating the influence Saint George has had around the world. His cross is on our flag and we have claimed the day of his death as our national day, but it would be a stretch to claim Saint George as our own. In fact, this Turkish-born Roman soldier is patron saint not only of countries ranging from England and Lithuania to Ethiopia and Catalonia but of butchers, shepherds and farmers too! Sample unique St George’s day products regular traders and marvel at the things on offer from special guests too, including a performance of George and the Dragon from local theatre group the Lion’s Part, a dance around the maypole as you may never have seen it before from Folk Dance Remixed and the construction of a human tower from the Castellers of London. Borough regular Luke Mackay will be in the Demo Kitchen, along with Dom from trader Northfield Farm, for free cooking demonstrations highlighting meat and butchery. Whether he’s your patron saint or not, the multicultural sounds, smells and tastes of St George’s Day are not to be missed!
New paintings and monoprints by acclaimed artist Anita Klein. Her work is an archive of personal moments that everyone can identify with. Witty, charismatic, warm and poignant, she is one of Britain’s finest and most prominent artist and printmakers of the 21st century. “Making a linocut in 10 or 11 colours is like slowly building up a painting. Each colour reacts with those underneath it and throws up surprises which suggest the next colour. The whole process is an absorbing game with its own rules which just ask to be broken” – Anita Klein, 2017 19 April – 13 May at Eames Fine Art Gallery