Come and join the heart-warming sounds of over 400 primary school children singing as one. Kids’ Choir is a Thames Festival Trust project that works in schools from all across London to develop their creative and performance skills and then come together for a high quality choral performance. Led by Richard Frostick, one of the UK’s finest singing leaders, Artistic Director of the British Council’s World Voice programme and founder of the Music Centre, the children will join forces to delight audiences and perform a fantastic collection of songs at the Scoop. The children will sing a broad selection of songs about the weather, environment and will travel via Benin and Cameroon as they take the audience on a musical journey. This event is part of the Totally Thames 2018 programme.
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 and fashion to take-away poems at the Poetry Take Away Van.
Ciderdog returns to London Bridge this July for its sixth year. Held in The Miller pub’s outside bar, Ciderdog features a staggering 100+ British ciders & perries on tap, expertly picked from makers including SeaCider, Turners and Abrahalls. Every taste is catered for — from super sweet to dry, cloudy scrumpy, single varieties and blends. Expect award winners, special one-off collaborations, and cider mixed with everything from passionfruit and blueberry, to chilli and ginger. This year Ciderdog taps will showcase quality and innovation from emerging small batch cider makers. Bunsmiths chefs will join in the fun and bring the kitchen outside, serving up a festival menu of delicious burgers and loaded chips, with plenty of vegan and veggie options. Enjoy ping pong and garden games while you soak up the sunshine and discover your new favourite ciders. Festival favourites, The Solid Steel Band will be performing music all afternoon followed by a mix of party classics to take you into the night… FREE ENTRY
The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to Potters Fields Park for 2018, bringing the most authentic street food, drinks and culture to the iconic riverside location. Sample traditional and new flavours from across the continent with delicacies from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and more! Regulars like Café Pacifico, Guasacaca, Porteña, Smokoloko and Brazilian Churros will be back along with some exciting new faces: Cuban Box, Old El Paso, Salshipapa and Manioca… and you can wash it all down with the best Margarita in London. Comida Fest also promises a sizzling cultural line up of Latin American music and dancers. You’ll also get the chance to shake the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba There’ll also be plenty of family friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. Find out more
Sardines, sardines and more sardines will be served up by Chef Leandro Carreira at Londrino restaurant and bar as a nod to one of his favourite Portuguese festivals – the annual Lisbon Sardine Festival – the Feast of St. Anthony. Grilled, pickled and tinned versions of the versatile sardine will be served up all day and night in both the restaurant and bar, with Sangria and Superbock beer both joining the menu for the first time. Hackney’s acclaimed Portuguese Love Affair will also be popping up at the festival, with an installation of their iconic tinned sardines available to buy and eat at the bar. Buy £5 Tickets here Individual sardine, bread and a glass of Sangria or Superbock beer – £5Platter of 6 sardines and bread and a carafe of sangria or 4 Superbock beers – £25Individual sardines with bread – £2 Portuguese Love Affair Sardines – from £4 There’ll be a party to close the festival on the 23rd June with local friends José Pizarro (Pizarro Restaurant and José Tapas Bar) and Brett Redman (Elliott’s, Neptune, Jidori).
Join the worldwide celebration of music on June 21! Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. 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. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public. London-based Kinetika Bloco will lead a carnival-style procession from the north side of the Thames starting at 6:00pm, across London Bridge, and then weaving through the More London Estate – before arriving for a final performance as part of our programming at The Scoop. Along the way they will be joined by other brass-lead ensembles from London and there will be yet more music from these bands on Potters Fields park at the end of the procession. This is the London flagship event that is organised by the national coordinating group Make Music Day UK. For the third year in a row there will be an evening concert centred around The Scoop (pictured above) – an amphitheatre dug into the side of City Hall on the south embankment of the Thames, which overlooks Tower Bridge, featuring a diverse lineup of live music featuring: THE GREAT MALARKEY, SAMBA SISTERS COLLECTIVE, a BRASS BAND JAM and CARMEN MON OXIDE More acts TBC… #MakeMusicDayUK @MakeMusicDayUK Make Music Day UK is headed by Making Music, Music for All and media partner Classic FM on behalf of an alliance of over sixty organisations from the music sector, with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, NAMM Foundation and Music Sales. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.
The biggest London Bridge Open Kitchen yet returns this June, celebrating the area’s thriving food and drink scene and bringing a packed programme of entertainment over two days. This year’s annual feast will take place over Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June in front of the brand new London Bridge station on Tooley Street. 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. LBOK will also welcome new additions to the area; including street-food virtuosos BOB’s Lobster and Honest Burger. For the first time, Open Kitchen visitors will have the opportunity to fit in a spot of shopping in between bites; there’ll be a selection of exciting local retail to peruse, including Alex Monroe Jewellery, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Ted Baker. Pluge Boom Allotment will be on hand to keep the little ones entertained on the Saturday. The full line up is an impressive selection of some of the finest eateries and bars that London has Bridge to offer: Flour and Grape | Bermondsey Tonic Water | The Coal Shed | Hiver Beers | Texas Joe’s | Aqua | Hutong | Hawksmoor | Ice Cream Union | Santo Remedio | Londrino | Tom Simmons | Honest Burgers | Change Please | Constancia | The Rose | The Savanna | Yo! | Anspach & Hobday | Prosecco House | The LaLit | Four Pure | Two Ruba at Hilton Tower Bridge | Hide Bar When you’ve filled your bellies, music, acrobatics and children’s theatre form the backbone of a packed entertainment programme: Live Music Fri 29th 12:00-14:00 The Luck Fri 29th 16:00-18:00 Los Soneros Fri 29th 18:00-20:00 London Saxophone Choir Fri 29th 18:00-20:00 Pandemonium Drummers Sat 30th 12:00-13:30 Sound Choir Sat 30th 14:00-16:00 Los Soneros Sat 30th 16:00-18:00 Angie Anuforo ‘The Floras’ Stilt walkers Fri 29th 12:00-13:30; 16:30-17:30; 18:30-19:30 Sat 30th 12:00-13:00; 14:00-15:00; 16:30-17:30 Aerial performers Fri 29th 13:30-14:00; 17:30-18:00; 19:30-20:00 Sat 30th 13:00-13:30; 15:00-15:30; 17:30-18:00 Plunge Boom Allotment Sat 30th 12:15-13:00; 14:00-14:45; 15:45-16:30 Plunge Boom Vegetable Nannies Sat 30th 13:00-13:45; 14:45-15:30; 16:30-17:15 London Festival of Architecture Fri 29th 15:30-17:00 Money Box Bench: Meet the Designers (on Tooley Street, close to Shipwright Arms Pub) Fri 29th 10:00-19:00 Harmsen Tilney Shane – Open day and Interactive Installation (9 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL) LBOK are proud to support local charity Putting Down Roots (St Mungos), who will be showcasing their work in training people who are or have experienced homelessness, to maintain local SE1 green spaces to gain experience, confidence and qualifications. Entry is free but registration is heartily encouraged for getting priority access. The event kicks off outside London Bridge Station on Tooley Street, Friday 29th June at midday and runs till around 8 pm. On Saturday 30th June, the event runs from midday until 6 pm. Entry is free and dishes and drinks will start at £5. London Bridge Open Kitchen is also part of the London Festival of Architecture as we celebrate the opening of the brand new London Bridge station – an architectural feast in its own right. Brought to you by Team London Bridge, with support from Thameslink Programme and Network Rail.
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
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… Bermondsey Street Festival will take place on September 16th from 11am-6pm.
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 consist of three areas – 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. Confirmed participants so far include Chang’s Noodle, Kova Patisserie, Tang’s Crawfish, Kang Foo Noodles, Han Dian and Happy Lemon. More participants are to be announced shortly. On Saturday and Sunday, free cooking masterclasses from School of Wok’s Jeremy Pang will take place where guests can learn to cook dumplings and Sichuan chicken in 45 minute sessions. The sessions will take place every hour from 12pm to 8:15pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5:45pm on Sunday with 10 workstations available per session. New for 2017, a discovery journey will allow guests to try a unique six-course journey through Chinese food curated by Lillian Luk of Shanghai Supper Club and TongTong Ren and Peiran Gong of Chinese Laundry. The £60, six-course menu includes: Pork Shen Jian Bao and Pork Intestine served with Cornish Potato and Dorset Garlic. On Saturday there will be one lunch sitting and two dinner sittings, while on Sunday there will be two lunch sittings. The journey can facilitate 30 people per sitting. The festival is free to enter and suitable for visitors of all ages. It will be open from midday to 10pm on Friday and Saturday and until 7pm on Sunday. www.chinesefoodfestival.com