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
Make Music Day is a huge celebration of music making around the world on June 21st. It is a unique event that is open to anyone who wants to take part – old or young, amateur or professional and just about every musical style is represented. Every year people and organisations from 1,000 towns and cities in 120 countries create events to share their music. All Make Music Day events are free to watch. Each year on June 21st, London Bridge plays host to a number of free, live musical experiences, so make sure you come along and join in. Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere! Full listings here.
It’s been a long, hard winter, but better times are coming as Summer by the River returns to London Bridge City. Starting on 30 May 2022, it promises to revive weary workers, tourists and locals alike with three months of free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Running until 2 September, this year’s festival is bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier. At The Scoop, Art Deco inspired pop-up bar, The Riverside Terrace, will offer a little slice of South Beach complete with empanadas and piña coladas, while over at The Pier, Taqueria Garcia is bringing the heat with tacos and tequila. London’s largest free festival will celebrate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance), Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island), BBC Introducing (showcasing unsigned artists), Folk and Roots Stage (spotlighting grassroots music talent), Bunker (commissioned for the festival to bring to life WWII stories from local Southwark residents) and Swing Patrol (the well-known dance troupe). The opening week of the festival coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. London Bridge City is one of the Beacon locations, with its ceremonial lighting on Thursday kicking off proceedings. Over four days, the big screen in The Scoop will air all the official celebrations. Set against a backdrop of historic royal buildings, with entertainment including the Tower Ravens Rapper Sword Dancers, Lewis-Merthr brass band and a tea dance led by Swing Patrol, Summer By The River is the perfect place to mark the milestone. Heading into July, the festival will embrace another British institution – Wimbledon – with the screen in The Scoop showing all of the key matches. This is Summer by the River 2022… and you don’t want to miss a beat.
Join us for a celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge – 24 November – 3 December, 2021. VIEW EVENTS PROGRAMME London Bridge has a long history connected with health and wellbeing, which was institutionalised after the first hospital was established in the area around the 12th century in what is now Southwark Cathedral. Followed by Old St Thomas’s Hospital in the 13th century and Thomas Guy Hospital in the 18th century, this area has seen the Black Death, the Cholera outbreak, the Spanish Flu and more recently the Covid-19 Pandemic. The people living through every single one of these medical disasters tried to do what they could to stay healthy, to stay safe, while the medical practitioners searched for answers to their needs and cures for the diseases. Washing hands, wearing masks, keeping social distance are not new things. Caring for people’s physical as well as mental health has been paramount throughout every single time period. This festival aims to celebrate the people and practices that have made a difference in the past and in the present. They will paint a picture of a community that has fought and continued to be resilient. This new festival is a celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge, running 24 November to 3 December, 2021.
New FREE online festival to celebrate medical heritage, health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge. Join us for this celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge February 17-24, 2021. New for 2021, Medical Culture Festival: Life Saviours Then and Now, is an online festival from the London Bridge Medi-Culture District partners. The online programme of free events includes talks, panel discussions, workshops and walking tours about the history of medicine and the future of health. The full programme is available at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours-events London Bridge has a long history connected with health and well-being, which was institutionalised after the first hospital was established in the area around the 12th century in what is now Southwark Cathedral. Followed by Old St Thomas’s Hospital in the 13th century and Thomas Guy Hospital in the 18th century, this area has seen the Black Death, the Cholera outbreak, the Spanish Flu and more recently the Covid-19 Pandemic. Fascinating, fun and deeply significant to today, the festival tells the story of the people and places that have played their part in the history and development of health and medicine. The programme will appeal to a wide audience, including sessions for families and young people. Places can be reserved at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours. Some events will have limited places available. Find out more here. Places are limited, so book your place today! Partners: Florence Nightingale Museum, Gordons Pathology Museum, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital, Kings College London, The Old Operating Theatre, London Borough of Southwark, Team London Bridge.
(image from Honeyland / Ljubo Stefanov) Pop-Up Eco-Films are free community films about ecosystems, climate change, and sustainability. Various venues around London Bridge will be hosting informal, friendly and thought-provoking film nights completely free to the public. From 25–28 October films will be screened at London Bridge Hive, Guy’s Chapel, The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Kino Bermondsey. At each screening there will be related, local London Bridge projects showing ways you can get involved and sharing some of their ideas and experiences. Honeyland (2019 / Certificate 12A) – book here Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska Running time: 85 Minutes Venue: London Bridge Hive, 1 Melior Place, SE1 3SZ Date: Fri 25 Oct, 6.30pm The Serengeti Rules (2018) – book here Running time: 84 Minutes Venue: Guy’s Chapel, St Thomas Street, SE1 Date: Sat 26 Oct, 5.30pm Into the Okavango (2018) – book here National Geographic Documentary Films Running time: 88 Minutes Venue: Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY Date: Sat 26 Oct, 6.30pm Eating Up Easter (2018) – book here Running time: 70 Minutes Venue: Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY Date: Sun 27 Oct, 6.30pm Blue (2017) – book here Running time: 80 Minutes Venue: Kino Bermondsey, 10 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN Date: Mon 28 Oct, 6.30pm To book all films click here. Commissioned by Team London Bridge.
Totally Thames is back again this year to take the river by storm and fill it to the brim with events celebrating the lifeblood of London. With over 100 events stretching over the 42 mile length of the Thames in London and a mixture of arts, heritage, family and river events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this September. London Bridge highlights include the Bascule Chamber Concerts, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge, Just Type meets River Thames, Discover London’s Wildlife Secret with ZSL, Illuminated River Boat Tours, Sing for Water, Kid’s Choir at The Scoop, Red Umbrella, Song of the Sea, and the Henry Reichhold exhibition: One Hour. For the full 2019 programme go to totallythames.org Team London Bridge is a sponsor of Totally Thames.
The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to Potters Fields Park for 2019, 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! 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
Ciderdog returns to London Bridge this July for its seventh year. Held in The Miller pub’s outside bar, Ciderdog features a staggering 100+ British ciders & perries on tap. 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. Enjoy ping pong, garden games and tasty South American street food from Que Padre while you soak up the sunshine and discover your new favourite ciders. FREE ENTRY
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.