Big Draw at Tower Bridge Did you know that more than 40,000 people cross Tower Bridge each day? Let your visit make a lasting impression this October half term by helping us bring a giant picture of Tower Bridge to life. Be inspired by the sights and sounds of the landmark by adding a drawing of yourself – or something else – to our huge visitor artwork. When: Tuesday 24 October Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Where: Learning Space Science in the City: Marble Your Skyline Combine science and art with this interactive 90-minute workshop in partnership with the Salters’ Institute. Discover the cool chemical processes at work behind paper marbling then be inspired by the breath-taking views from Tower Bridge’s iconic West Walkway to create your own city skyline masterpiece. When: Thursday 26 October Time: 10:30 and 13:30 Where: Learning Space Book now Please note ticket prices are for the Science in the City: Marble Your Skyline workshop only. Should you wish to explore Tower Bridge in more depth before or after the session, you will need to purchase tickets to the attraction from the Tower Bridge Ticket Office.
Make your mark at Tower Bridge this summer with their free family activities! Find out what materials were used to build the landmark then have a go at making your own Tower Bridge postcard by printing a design on it using everyday items such as nuts, bolts and screws. Take your postcard home with you then put a postage stamp on it and send it to a friend or family member as a memento of your special day. When: Tuesday 15 August Saturday 19 August Tuesday 22 August Tuesday 29 August Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Where: Learning Space. More here: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/events/family-activities
Have a royally good time this Easter holiday and design your very own piece of commemorative bunting. Your handmade decoration will be displayed inside Tower Bridge over the Coronation weekend. When: Tuesday 4, April, Tuesday 11 April and Saturday 15 April Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Location: West Walkway Price: Standard entry charge https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/events/family-activities
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.