Santa Claus has swapped his sleigh for a Clipper this year, but where is he heading? Did he mistake North Greenwich Pier for The North Pole? Or was he drawn to London’s biggest chimneys at Battersea Power Station? Hop on board on 3 and 17 December and meet Santa whilst enjoying London’s iconic landmarks along the river. Santa will be sailing up and down the river between 12-5pm on the sailings below. You can board and disembark Sailing Santa services at any of the piers the service is scheduled to call at. Check sailing times here. No booking needed There’s no need to book a slot with Santa! Just buy a ticket to travel by boat and board a Sailing Santa service; meetings with Santa himself will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
This Christmas Elias is going to visit his family in the Caribbean for the first time. He gets to go to the beach, play in the sunshine, and there’ll be a big party. It’s going to be the best. But he has one worry – will it still feel like Christmas? After all in London it’s usually really cold, he gets to decorate the Christmas tree and drinks lots of hot chocolate. He’s definitely never left a mango out for Santa before. Join us for this joyful, warm and festive story of celebrating Christmas and family, wherever you are. Ages 3-6 TICKET INFO Thu 17 Nov – Sat 31 Dec £13 – £20.50 under 18s / £18 – £25.50 adults. Previews: Under 18s £13 / Adults £19 Book here
Celebrate the Thames in London Bridge this September Totally Thames provides an annual season of unique, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month with activities taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames. The 30-day programme runs the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. With its maritime heritage and pride of place along the Thames, the London Bridge area always features prominently in the annual festival. Here is a selection of the exhibitions, walks, events, and talks along our stretch of the river: London Bridge Discovery Walk Sat 3 Sept, 12 noon, with Blue Badge Guide Alan Read. Discover some of the events and the people behind the history of trade in the London Bridge area. BOOK FREE London Bridge Discovery Walk Weds 14 Sept, 1pm, with Blue Badge Guide Alan Read. BOOK FREE Hands on History: Discovering London Clay with Tom Chivers Thurs 15 Sept, 6-8pm, The London Bridge Hive. Explore the rich history and geography of the Thames with author, poet and licensed mudlark Tom Chivers. BOOK FREE Kids’ Choir Sun 18 Sept, 1pm, The Scoop – London Bridge City. A heart-warming concert of 400 primary school children led by Richard Frostick. Sing for Water Choir Sun 18 Sept, 2pm, a 500-strong choir raising money for WaterAid, The Scoop – London Bridge City. River Net installation & talk by Irma Irsara Thurs 22 Sept, 12.30–1.30pm talk, The London Bridge Hive; 1.30pm – 7pm exhibition open and meet the artist. River Net is a time lapse video looking at our relationship with the materials we produce and their impact on the river. BOOK FREE Reflections Sat 24 Sept, 7.15-9pm – illuminated evening flotilla of over a hundred and fifty boats, including Gloriana (The Queen’s Rowbarge), sails from Chelsea to Tower Bridge ‘Mudlark’ a Henry Reichhold Exhibition 1 to 30 Sept, London Bridge Station. A giant 2D installation and a virtual expo exploring the wonders and tranquillity of a seekers world. For more details and the full 2022 programme visit totallythames.org
Finding somewhere to eat out that all the family will enjoy can be a lengthy and thankless task. To help you out, we’ve come up with our list of options in London Bridge. We’ve looked at menus, setting, and price to steer you in the right direction, however there are dozens more places to eat in the area in our full listings. The Real Greek Tower Bridge – The chain has a great setting beside Tower Bridge and offers a Kid’s Menu for £7. Some free advice, don’t offer the little ones a Souvlaki, say it’s a chicken wrap and they’ll be all over it! Vapiano – Not much beats freshly made pasta and pizza if you’re under 10 (or over 10 for that matter!). Overlooking Potters Fields Park, Vapiano has a Kid’s Menu for £7.95 and is set in a bright, fun space that children feel welcome in. Five Guy’s – Not one for the babies, but older children will be begging you to come back for the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup milkshake and the enormous Bacon Cheese Dog. A winner dinner. Comptoir Libanais – The London Bridge branch of this Lebanese chain is beautifully decked out, close to the station. The Kid’s Menu offers delicious wraps, homemade lemonade, and something sweet and tasty. Pizza Pilgrims – On Tooley Street, close to London Bridge Station, Pizza Pilgrims has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pizza toppings to keep the whole family happy. If they can’t finish it, box it up and take it for later – that’s dinner solved too! Cafe Piazza – Under the striking vaulted roof of Hay’s Galleria, Cafe Piazza knows how to please a crowd, with sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads and lots of vegan options. With a totally covered terrace you’ll never feel fall victim to the British weather. Caffe Nomma Italian – Sitting on the edge of Potters Fields Park, Caffe Nomma Italian brings artisan ice cream from Calabria and Southern Italy’s number one coffee to this wonderful riverside setting. Not to mention the selection of homemade pasta and sauces. Absolutely Starving – A London Bridge stalwart, Absolutely Starving has been feeding London Bridge since long before The Shard rose above our heads. Sit in or take out to the riverside. Soups, salads, hot meals, sandwiches and more types of baked goods than Mr Kipling ever saw in his life! Gaucho Tower Bridge – You can sit down to a beautiful sirloin while the little darlings choose from a Children’s menu that includes mac ‘n cheese, fish and chips and burgers. All with views across the Thames! Creams – Have they been good today? If so, a treat at the Creams Cafe next to the London Bridge Experience is in order. The Café offers a wide range of delicious crepes, waffles, gelato, milkshakes and more, including a range of hot chocolates and coffees to take-away! Alternatively, head to one of the many lovely takeaways and cafes, or put together a picnic from the local supermarkets, and head to one of the many green spaces in London Bridge.
By Plunge Boom presented by Team London Bridge 13.00 – 18.00 Potters Fields Park 186 Tooley Street, SE1 FREE The Let’s Grow Nannies invite you to join them in their pop-up allotment for a bit of gardening and vegetable care. Come inside the picket fencing and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for all the adorable baby fruits and vegetables. @atlondonbridge @teamlondonbridge
From Saturday 2 April 2022, for a limited time, join Bella the Tower Bridge Cat and the characters from the award-winning books as you make your way through Tower Bridge. Meet The Bridge Master and Bella’s team – Hannah the Cook, Poppy the Painter and Stan the Stoker along with the identical twins, Eddie the Engineer and Olly the Oiler who will all help you answer key questions about how and when Tower Bridge lifts! Stamp the answers in your Training Record, pass your Apprenticeship and become part of Bella’s Tower Bridge Team. Good luck, Apprentices! Plan your visit here.
A CHRISTMAS CRACKER OF A FAMILY SHOW! Written and adapted for the stage by Julian Clary Songs by Julian Clary and Simon Wallace Arrangements and incidental music by Simon Wallace Directed by Lee Lyford The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference… They’re hyenas! How long can they keep their beastly secret under their hats Join Mr and Mrs Bold, Betty and Bobby, as they navigate work, school and friends, all whilst trying to keep up their disguise. With live music, songs and adventures, this brand new Christmas show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. Book tickets and more info here.
This gorgeous, sensory show from the makers of our highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season. As you sit together in our cosy space, share in your baby’s excitement at the building anticipation of Christmas Day and all things present-related – including the very best bit: crumpling, rumpling and scrunching that wrapping paper! At the end of the show there is a chance to play and dance together in the space. TICKETS AND HOW TO BOOK Tickets for Scrunch can be purchased in groups of 2 or 3 (1 baby + 1 adult, or 1 baby + 2 adults). We’re using a socially-distanced reserved seating plan which means all groups are spaced apart from each other. We have two rows of floor seating and one row of bench seating for those who find it difficult to sit on the floor. When booking, you can select where you would like to sit on the seating map. Performance times: Tue – Sun 9.45am, 11.45am, 1.45pm Ticket prices: 1 adult + 1 baby: £12 / £14 for mid-morning and weekend performances (floor seating) 2 adults + 1 baby: £17 / £19 for mid-morning and weekend performances (bench seating and end of row floor seating) Book here.
At HMS Belfast there are family activities throughout October Half Term. We Were There – 28 October From Bridge to Bakery, our eyewitnesses and veterans will be sharing their memories of life at sea, and what it was like to grow up during the Second World War. Questions at the ready! Free with general admission. Find Your Sea Legs – 24 – 30 October 2022 Ahoy shipmates! It’s time to find your sea legs. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship. It’s 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. The only thing is we’ve misplaced where we are supposed to be going! We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go. Hop on the balance board to test how steady you’ll be on choppy seas. Figure out just how to feed 950 men on board with limited rations and even find out what kind of supplies you’ll need along the way. Get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast, solve nautical puzzles and discover for yourself what life was like for the ship’s company during the Second World War. Find your Sea Legs has been developed with TV Presenter Ben Shires, host of Officially Amazing and Match of the Day: Kick About. This is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. This activity directs you around different areas of the ship and lasts approximately 45 mins. Part of IWM’s new family programme of activities created specifically to explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has impacted real people and the causes, courses and consequences of conflict. All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival.
Inspired by the book by Jonathan Swift By Lulu Raczka Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart Devised with the company This perfect family Easter show is an adventure-filled modern adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s surreal masterpiece. Lemuel Gulliver sails away to a world of strange islands and even stranger creatures – from the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput, to the giants of Brobdingnag, and the mysterious Houyhnhnms – and embarks upon an epic adventure of survival, unexpected friendship and self-discovery. Gulliver’s fantastical imaginings are vividly brought to life using video camera, intricate table-top sets and projection alongside live performance in this playful, funny and highly inventive show that uses Swift’s biting satire to explore reality and escapism, home and family, and the power of stories to transform our view of the world. Please note this show contains flashing light throughout. Originally programmed for March 2020, we’re delighted to present this show in 2022 following its cancellation due to the pandemic. Ages 7+ Tickets: £8 – £16 under 18s / £12 – £22 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 2 – 17 Apr) Find out more