Join us for this celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge February 17-24, 2021. 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. 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 February 17-24, 2021. 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. Find out more here. Events available to book from 18 January.
Free From Hunger, a new outdoor photographic exhibition produced by international charity Concern Worldwide, opens on 2 October and runs until the end of the month at The Scoop at More London. Concern Worldwide works in some of the world’s toughest places providing life-saving food and nutrition, and also with communities so that families can develop their own lasting solutions to hunger, through developing their knowledge, skills and incomes. The exhibition is part of Concern’s Free From Hunger appeal. Money raised from the appeal will help ensure mothers and babies get the food, water, nutrition and healthcare they need to recover from malnourishment and stay strong and healthy in the long term. All donations received before 24 December will be matched pound for pound by the UK government and this funding will go towards Concern’s work to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children under five in the Central African Republic, where poor nutrition has led to the country being ranked as the world’s hungriest. Three award-winning photographers – Abbie Trayler-Smith (UK), Chris de Bode (Netherlands) and Nora Lorek (Sweden) – worked on the project and each brought their own distinct style and perspective to depict the issue of hunger in their own way. The powerful images aim to give a voice to the people Concern works with, and bring to life the stark reality of the chronic hunger which faces many people on a daily basis.
Connect with the power of poetry as some of the country’s most outstanding spoken word poets perform at London Bridge on 3rd October for National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day recognises poetry’s capacity to bring people together with a national celebration across the UK every October. This year it marks its 25th anniversary with a fitting theme for our time; TRUTH. Join us beside the ticket office on the concourse from 4pm-5pm and 6pm-7pm and stop for a moment to witness the power of a single, passionate poetic voice. Live performances from Lola Oh, Antonia King, Laurie Bolger, Marv Radio, Izzy Inkpen, Repeat Beat Poet, Joshua Idehen and Kat Francois. @applesandsnakes www.applesandsnakes.org
(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.
This free experience takes you on a journey below the surface of London’s great river. Step up to the Zoological Society of London’s VR portal, put on your swim goggles and ‘dive’ into the Thames. As you explore, you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering the incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Every experience is different, so challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species. Make sure to keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! Find the experience on the bank of the Thames outside One London Bridge. Just 5 minutes’ walk from London Bridge station. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for their wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support them there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! ZSL’s Thames virtual reality experience, the first of its kind in the UK, was created by BYO and Somewhere Else using Timescope technology. The VR experience was supported by the Royal Bank of Canada. Part of Totally Thames 2019 which runs from 1-30 September.
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. London Bridge has plenty of important architectural feats to explore and admire, with this year’s participants including: The View from The Shard Science Gallery London Unicorn Theatre Shad Thames Water Tower City Hall Anise Gallery The Low Line walking tour Illuminated River Boat Tour with Thames Clippers The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret The Dixon White Cube 83 & 85 Weston Street King’s College London: Museum of Life Sciences There are over 800 buildings taking part this year. For a full listing and to plan your weekend visit openhouselondon.org.uk Sunday 22 September is also London Car Free Day, so look out for participating streets and activities.
See the creation of River Thames through live art as part of Totally Thames 2019. Join Trapped in Zone One as they create a new artwork at London Bridge Hive through the art of typography from the response to the question ‘What does River Thames mean to you?’ Audience participation in the creation of this work is integral and they’re asking the public to submit their suggestions through Twitter using the hashtag #JustTypeRiver Share your hidden untold stories and close memories to what the River Thames means to you. Collating this information ahead of the live art event will help Trapped in Zone One to form and structure the river’s outline around the messages, thoughts and stories that get sent and posted. BOOK HERE Sun 8 Sep, 12pm – 5pm Suitable for all ages
Part of Totally Thames 2019 Date and performance times: Friday 6 September 7 – 8pm Location: London Bridge Station, main concourse, next to Tooley Street entrance Sea shanties and maritime songs old and new. Ranging from raucous roof-raisers to tender ballads, from South Australia to Newfoundland via the Outer Hebrides. Stamp your feet, clap your hands and sing your hearts out. The London Sea Shanty Collective are a community choir based in Dalston who have sung across the UK and Ireland. @londonshanty on Twitter LondonSeaShantyCollective on Facebook Presented by Team London Bridge with support from Network Rail.
Part of Totally Thames 2019. A moment or two by the river paints a picture that is by its nature a slow paced affair – boats drift by in both directions seemingly with all the time in the world and no particular destination & a gentle rhythm out of sync in this restless city. Spend an hour looking at the river and time seems to speed up as if trying to match the pace of the city, the fast blue and white clippers seem suddenly everywhere and the pleasure boats packed to the brim bustle by leaving behind trails of sound and laughter. Huge cruise liners and navy ships pulled by tugs put in on occasion to add scale to the speed boats and kayaks that skim precariously about in their wake. The two images shown in this exhibition were captured at different times of the day and each image looks to give an idea of all the activity that took place on the river during a one hour period. The image featuring London Bridge and the Tower of London was taken around 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning just as the river began to wake up and its usual & traffic began to make an appearance. The second image featuring the Shard was taken on a weekday but just one hour later, and what a difference – peak time with the summer buzz in full swing! The two large panoramic images are made up from stitching together around 100 high resolution separate pictures for each panoramic, all taken with the Sigma and Quattro H and Sigma 24-70mm Art lens and the Sigma 70-200mm Sports lens. The north facing image was taken from the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard at level 52, and the south facing image was taken from the Sky Pod Bar on level 35. Project Partners: The project is supported by the Totally Thames Festival, Team London Bridge, Hewlett-Packard, PressOn, Barratt London, Sigma Imaging, Shangri-La Hotel Shard and Network Rail. Sun 1st – Mon 30th Sep, London Bridge Station.
Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival. Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm