The Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret hosts a talk by author Ruth Richardson on the topic of death and the body in 19th century England. Before 1832 dissection was a feared and hated punishment for murder. The 1832 Anatomy Act requisitioned instead the corpses of the poor, transferring the penalty from murder to poverty. The Anatomy Act contributed to the terrible fear of the Victorian workhouse and influences attitudes towards death even today. This talk by author Ruth Richardson analyses the subject drawing on many disciplines to explore the fundamental issues of folklore and science, life and death and the political struggles surrounding ownership of the body in the 19th century. ‘A heartfelt dilemma whose history is movingly explored….Passionate, powerful and elegant’. Roy Porter, The Guardian. April 26th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Tickets
London Hat Week 2018, Fashion & Textile Museum and London Bridge Hive, 22-28 March With a collection of more than 80 hat related events across London including over 50 classes, The Great Hat Exhibition, styling events, the London Hat Walk and even some millinery magic, #LHW18 is set to be the biggest and best yet! The festivities begin on the 22nd with a take over of the Fashion and Textile Museum for a full evening of fashion, friends and fabulous hats: book your tickets and view the full schedule here. HMS Belfast Birthday Weekender, HMS Belfast, 17th & 18th March Head to HMS Belfast and help celebrate her 80th birthday on the weekend of 17 – 18 March. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake created by Sophie Faldo, the 2017 winner of The Great British Bake Off, grab a souvenir photo in our Birthday Photobooth and try out some temporary tattoos to complete your Naval look! More info. Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland, Borough Market, 14th-17th March Borough Market will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day by showcasing the culinary delights of Northern Ireland from 14th-17th March. The regional showcase will bring to life a fantastic array of produce sourced from this small, yet mighty, region, with a longstanding heritage in food and drink. Michael Forbes Exhibition, The Underdog Gallery, Until March 18th The Underdog Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by British pop surrealist artist Michael Forbes, an almost entirely self-taught Pop Surrealist artist. His paintings are an extraordinary visual record of his thoughts and dreams, often journeying into the subconscious. Open until 18th March. Free entry. More events in London Bridge this March Until 11th March- Seesaw – Unicorn Theatre 12th March – Bordeaux Wine Dinner – Aqua Shard 14th March – The Book People – Cottons Centre & No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 15th March – Film Night: Gates of Heaven– The Old Operating Theatre Until 17th March – Counterfit – Bermondsey Project Space 19th March – Vivat Bacchus Own Wines – Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus From 21st March – Harvey Daniels, Watercolours – Eames Fine Art 23rd March – Anthony Gold Red Nose Day Bake Sale – London Bridge City 23rd – 24th March – Version A – Unicorn Theatre 24th March – Earth Hour – London Bridge City From 24th March – Beginners – Unicorn Theatre 26th March – Cheese at London Bridge: Britain vs France – Vivat Bacchus 30th March – Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition – London Bridge City 31st March Easter Egg Hunt with Fantasy High Street – London Bridge City 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 Throughout March Julius Caesar – The Bridge Theatre Eddie Peake Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey He Xiangu Exhibition – White Cube Bermondsey Doubt, Lent Exhibition – Southwark Cathedral T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – Fashion & Textile Museum The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard Climb Aboard the HMS Belfast – HMS Belfast A Tale of Two Southwark’s Exhibition – Roast Bridge House Estates Exhibition – Tower Bridge Exhibition
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
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
The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs presents the Ultimate Halloween Horror Event… In the world-famous haunted site of London Tombs, winner of “the best horror attraction in the world”, scare-fans can descend on a journey through their worst nightmares. Phobophobia journeys through a terrifying dark labyrinth of horror within the haunted bowels of hell – which, with every passing second, becomes progressively more evil! Halloween shows run from 21st-31st October, 10am – 5pm: All ages 6pm – 10pm: Adults Only BOOK HERE
Check out the array of events and activities taking place this October in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Young Marx – Bridge Theatre – From October 18th The much-anticipated 900-seat Bridge Theatre will launch its first season this month with Young Marx, a new play from Richard Bean and Clive Coleman about the early life of Karl Marx. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Book tickets. Apple Day 2017 – Borough Market – October 22nd – FREE Celebrating the rich heritage of British harvest, the acclaimed annual Apple Day Event is packed full of apple based fun! There’ll be live music, treats, dancing and games, and for the studious visitor, you can learn all about the art of cultivating orchards and endangered apple varieties. As tradition dictates, the festivities begin in Southwark Catherdral with a a short act of harvest worship in the Market, accompanied by the Market’s choir. A collection will be made for the Robes Project, a local charity which provides winter night shelters for the homeless of south London. Read more. Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum – From October 20th Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. This new exhibition at the Fashion & Textule Museum is the first major retrospective of her work in the UK, and a key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as leading contributor to Harper’s Bazaar. Considered a pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition highlights how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman. Don’t miss the free highlights tour every Wednesday from 1PM. Tickets Laika – Unicorn Theatre – Throughout October Unicorn Theatre presents: Laika by Bryony Hannah and Avye Leventis Laika, the space dog: the first living creature to orbit earth. That was in 1957. Today it’s 2057, and Sami lives with his mum. She’s an astronaut and she understands that there could be a better future out in space. But Sami’s life is down here. So now they must face the prospect of letting go, saying goodbye and – just like Laika – head off into the unknown. A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively and beautifully told using puppetry, movement and music. Tickets Hoopla Comedy Improv Marathon – 20th – 22nd October Join The Miller on October 20th as they host the launch of Hoopla Impro’s takeover with The Hoopla Improv Marathon. The marathon is inspired by New York City’s Del Close Marathon, spanning across 50 consecutive hours with over 100 improv shows and over 200 improvisers coming together from across the UK – the biggest gathering of improv performers and groups the country has ever seen. Book Tickets More Events… 6th – 10th October – Punk Rock & Roll Art Show – The Underdog Gallery 8th – 15th October – At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain – London Bridge City Pier 10th October – World Mental Health Day Workshop – London Bridge Hive 16th October – Wine Blending Time! – Vivat Bacchus 21st- 31st October – Phobophobia – London Bridge Experience 26th October – Fashion Illustrations with Jason Brooks – Fashion & Textile Museum 27th October – Mahler’s Symphony No.3 – Southwark Cathedral 28th October – Greek Workshops – Borough Market 31st October – Pyscho Film Screening – The View from The Shard Throughout October – Beowulf – Unicorn Theatre Throughout October’ – ‘Don’t Think Twice’ – Jennifer Abessira Throughout October – Goodbye Christopher Robin – Kino Cinema Bermondsey Throughout October – A Day by the Sea – Southwark Playhouse
Check out highlights from the array of events and activities taking place this September in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Totally Thames Festival – Throughout September – Riverside Each year, Totally Thames brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events. The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. The season includes an exhibition following the living history of London’s boatyards, documented as part of the Working River project. Telling the stories of boat builders from Teddington to the Thames Barrier, the project has recorded the working lives of these boatyards, their history and their legacy for the river today. Chinese Food Festival at Potters Fields Park | 8th – 10th September | FREE Now in its third year, the Chinese Food Festival will return to Potters Fields Park at the foot of Tower Bridge between 8 – 10 September. The festival will feature a food fair, cooking masterclass area and discovery journey. The food fair will see over 20 food stalls offering authentic dishes including Sheng Jian Bao, Chongqing Noodles, Taiwanese fried chicken and traditional soup from Henan. Bermondsey Street Festival | 16th September – FREE The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food, drink and fashion to the infamous annual dog show… Pop-up Cinema at The View from The Shard | 18th September – £35 The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show returns to The View from The Shard to continue their ‘Extraordinary’ season of films at over 800 ft above London, the UK’s Highest Cinema. Their September screening will be a late night viewing of The Big Lebowski. Dressing up as the Dude is encouraged and there’ll be an opportunity to order an Espresso Martini and macaroon pairing during the interval. Tea Total at The Courage Yard As part of Totally Thames festival, Courage Yard is putting on a one day event celebrating Britain’s intimate love affair with our favourite beverage. A range of workshops from Tea Blending to Tea Cocktails are on offer, alongside a super zen Tea Ceremony to raise your fan status to solid tea connoisseur. Plus expect award-winning street food, an artisan tea-themed market, live DJ set by The Roustabouts and swing dancing lessons by Swing Patrol to do the Tea Dance justice. For more riverside fun this September check out the One Big Summer Guide 2017. Read online or download.
It’s time to learn to Love your Lunch hour again. Taking a break from your working day is proven to enhance a healthy lifestyle so Team London Bridge is providing a menu of FREE lunchtime options around London Bridge to get you out and about weekday lunchtimes throughout September 2017. Team London Bridge have teamed up with partners such as the HMS Belfast, Fitness First, London Glassblowing and the Hot Yoga Society to compile a schedule of free activities that includes everything from sushi making, to outdoor fitness sessions, gallery viewings, and wellbeing workshops. Sessions are now open for advance booking before the programme starts on September 1st. Take a look at our lunchtime ideas, send us your suggestions for lunchtime action or tweet us @TeamLondonBdg / #LoveLunch17 Past events: Private Guided Tour of Tower Bridge – 05/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Mychael Barratt Talk at Eames Fine Art Gallery – 01/09, 1PM Fashion & Textile Museum – Private Tour – 05/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Explore HMS Belfast – 04/09 and 11/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED 1 year of lunches = 6 weeks of annual leave! – Talk – 07/09, 1PM Alex Monroe Open Studio – 12/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Norman Ackroyd Talk at Eames Fine Art Galley – 12/09, 1PM Introduction to Mindfulness – 13/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Let’s Draw to Classical Music! – 15/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Sophie Layton at Eames Fine Art Collectors Studio – 15/09, 1PM Life Drawing Class – 13/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Art at the New Guy’s Cancer Centre – 20/09 – 1PM Explore London Bridge on a Blue Badge Guided Walk – 19/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED London Glassblowing Open Studio – 19/09- 22/09, 1PM Collage – a fun approach to image making – 22/09, 1PM Explore Arts and Culture in London Bridge – 25/09, 1PM Sushi Making Class – 12/09, 19/09 and 26/09, 1PM Chocolate Tasting Workshop – 22/09, 1PM Alex Monroe Open Studio – Engagement Rings Special– 27/09, 1PM Sports and Exercise Medicine – a practical approach to better workplace performance – 27/09, 12.30PM Bermondsey Street Bees Tasting – 27/09, 1PM Free Access to Fitness First (Cottons, London Bridge, Monument) – 18/09-22/09, 1PM Free Access to the Hot Yoga Society – Various Dates and Sessions Secret Tour of London Bridge Station – 21/09 and 28/09, 1PM Old Operating Museum Private Tour & Talk – 28/09, 1PM Bermondsey Street Fashion Heritage Self Guided Walk – Download Self Guided Walking Tour – Download Working River: Film & Photographic Exhibition – 1PM screening, 25/09 to 29/09 Costume Life Drawing – 29/09, 1PM Volunteer with Putting Down Roots – Various Dates Host a Tea & Talk at your workplace – Various Dates Lunch in the Ice Cream Arch – 21/09 and 28/09, 1PM Take a break at the Dragon Café – every Monday
An annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthralls throughout the month of September curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust. “An incredible celebration, and with something for everyone, it will give all Londoners the opportunity to explore the terrific Thames” Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London Visit totallythames.org for the full programme. Click here for details of the Working River exhibition at The Hive in London Bridge.
Introducing… The One Big Summer Guide 2017! This little gem is full of inspiration to help you discover London’s cultural riverside with an extensive range of events in London Bridge, Bankside, South Bank, Waterloo and Vauxhall. Check out our monthly event listings for July to September and stumble upon the latest exhibitions, theatre productions and top foodie hangouts. Whether you’re here for the weekend or just the day, also take a look at the EXPLORE sections for each of the five riverside locations. Featuring some of London’s most well-loved landmarks along the Thames, to plenty of hidden gems, find out what makes each location so distinct…