Tuesday 10th, 5-6pm Thursday 12th, 5-6pm This Christmas, Courage Yard. off Shad Thames, is bringing the festive spirit to you, with two choir performances from local choir groups. Both groups will be raising money for local charity Southwark Giving, a scheme that helps emerging local community needs. On Tuesday 10th, Southwark Music Service will bring sounds of joy to Courage Yard by bringing along their staff choir. The choir is made up of Southwark Music Service staff, who aim to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. On Thursday 12th, The Museum Singers will bring festive fun to Courage Yard. The group are an amateur choral group based in Southwark, who regularly rehearse and perform in St George’s Cathedral. Both performances will be raising money and awareness for Southwark charity Southwark Giving, part of Community Southwark, as a way of giving back to the community and helping improve practise, shape futures and change lives. And with a glorious range of independent, local shops and eateries including Tower Bridge Wellness Pharmacy, Caffe Paradiso, The Watch House and Sami’s Lebanese Deli, plus firm favourites like Starbucks Reserve, you’ll be able to keep warm, and enjoy the festive season. Courage Yard is located on Shad Thames, and just a stone’s throw away from Tower Bridge and Potters Fields Park. For more information please visit courageyard.com or visit on social @CourageYard.
Free recital, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge. This delightful high school choral group from New York formed in 1979 will sing a selection of inspiring and uplifting music. Saturday 28th December 2019 12.30pm
Christmas at London Glassblowing is a very special time of the year. With the fires ablaze in the studio, it’s a perfect way to spend a winters day, watching their talented artists weave magic out of glass. The gallery is full with beautiful works by both resident and guest artists, making the perfect gift for your loved ones at Christmas. Peter Layton specially chooses the pieces on display and in the spirit of Christmas, the much loved sale table will be making an appearance with generous discounts. This year, they have the luxury of hosting three lampworking demonstrations by special guest artists: Phil Vallentin, 23 November Olga Alianova, 30 November Davide Penso, 7 December Each artist will be demonstrating their work through the course of the day, from 11am – 5pm, do pop in and watch the masters at work! Click here to view the Christmas at London Glassblowing Gift Guide. The gallery may close earlier on Christmas Eve and will re-open for the New Year on the 5 January. BLOWING BY CANDLELIGHT, 5 DECEMBER By tradition we will be ‘Blowing by Candlelight’ on the 5 December from 6pm – 8pm. The evening will be accompanied by the sounds of Maria McNamee on the harp, plenty of mulled wine and of course some mince pies. There will also be a chance to blow your own bauble if you are lucky enough to be picked from a hat! We will be there to assist you in browsing the gallery for the perfect gift. Please click here to RSVP. Christmas at London Glassblowing
This year, London’s most picturesque Christmas market, Christmas by the River is welcoming a festive sculpture trail celebrating Raymond Briggs’ quintessential Christmas character, The Snowman™. The ‘Walking with The Snowman’ trail will feature twelve giant Snowman sculptures, each reimagined with stunning designs and decoration relating to the song, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Created by one of twelve talented artists, each unique statue will be placed at a different location throughout London Bridge City’s, Christmas by the River market. Displayed amongst the 70+ stalls, each figure will be perfectly suited to its festive surroundings and provide an enchanting highlight for visitors of all ages. Christmas by the River will also be hosting a special series of family workshops to celebrate The Snowman’s arrival, from story-tellings to arts ‘n craft sessions. Download your FREE Snowman map here. Event Location: London Bridge City, SE1 2DB Organised by: London Bridge City
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