Saturday 29 June – Monday 30 September, daily • Situated on the external piers of Tower Bridge • Admission FREE Part of the City of London’s architectural arts programme, Fantastic Feats: The Building of London, Tower Bridge is working with Bermondsey-based All Things Studio to create an outdoor Victorian diorama offering passers-by a glimpse into some of the alternative river crossing designs presented to the City of London’s special committee in 1876. From the fanciful to the downright farcical – the diorama offers an intriguing view into what London’s skyline could have looked like. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Fluid Boundaries Fri 14 June, 12.30-12.45pm & 1.30-1.45pm Working with professional dancers, architects and the local community, leading British contemporary dance company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and architecture practice, ft’work, explore the intricacies and architecture of Guy’s Courtyard at King’s College London in London Bridge. Through dance and movement they are taking over the space to explore complex physical, social and cultural boundaries. Participants are invited to join the community ensemble during their lunch hour to challenge perceptions about a space they see and walk through every day. Fluid Boundaries is a collaboration with ft’work for the London Festival of Architecture. The project will be overseen by Shobana and architect Clare Richards, the founder of ft’work. Participants from Oaklands School and Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets and Green Candle Dance Company will work closely with company dancers and ft’work architects to create two inter-generational, site-responsive dance works. ft’work is a not-for-profit architectural practice committed to creating thriving communities and ensuring that social principles are adopted as a fundamental component of good design and development. Fluid Boundaries is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019 programme. #LFA2019 www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk. Guy’s Courtyard, King’s College London Guy’s Campus (opp. Science Gallery London) Great Maze Pond, St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9GU FREE Twitter: @SJeyasinghDance | Instagram: @shobanajeyasinghdance
In addition to our Make Music Day UK Parade there is a musical feast across the London Bridge area on 21st June, to celebrate this year’s Make Music Day. MAKE MUSIC DAY UK 2019 FLAGSHIP EVENT AT THE SCOOP The Scoop at London Bridge City, SE1 2AA 6pm – 10pm This is the London flagship event for the UK’s part in this annual worldwide celebration of music. For the fourth year running Make Music Day UK will host this event in the stunning riverside amphitheatre The Scoop, next to City Hall and Tower Bridge. Come and enjoy four hours of vibrant and diverse live music with Smiley and the Underclass, Hotsteppas, THePETEBOX, Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu and Kinetika Bloco. It’s all hosted by the wonderful Carmen Mon Oxide, with live VJing and some special surprises. www.makemusicday.co.uk | @makemusicdayuk ZARIF Courage Yard Shad Thames, SE1 2NJ 4.30pm – 5pm Zarif is an indie pop songwriter with a powerful soulful voice. She has toured extensively around the UK and Europe, including supporting Beyoncé on the I am… Sasha Fierce tour, duetting with John Legend and touring as a backing vocalist with Tom Odell. After taking a hiatus from releasing her own music, she is returning with an alternative pop sound with a nod to the 90’s which marries guitar with soaring harmonies. Produced by Mercury nominated producer John Calvert (Ghostpoet, Nao). https://courageyard.com TONGUE AND GROOVE AT ST JOHN’S CHURCHYARD St John’s Churchyard, Druid Street, SE1 2AN 6pm – 7pm Born from a love of performing, Tongue & Groove are an amateur choir that strive to bridge the gap between no-audition community choirs and a professional group, teaming professional Musical Directors from theatre with talented and dedicated amateur performers. We are all about engaging with the audience and putting on a good show. Repertoire songs include: Don’t You Want Me Baby – Human League, Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen, You Will Be Found – Pasek and Paul (from Dear Evan Hansen) and The Chain – Fleetwood Mac. www.tongueandgroove.london | Facebook: @PerformanceChoir | Twitter: @tandgchoir LONDON SAXOPHONES Potters Fields Park, 165 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 3LW 6pm – 7pm London Saxophones is an all- saxophone band which has been performing in and around the capital for more than a decade, with one-off gigs in famous locations such as Carnaby Street and St Pancras International Station. We play a wide range of music, from Handel to Herbie Hancock, from Bach to James Brown. Film and TV themes such as Game of Thrones are also in our repertoire. www.londonsaxophonechoir.com F: @londonsaxophones | T: @LondonSaxChoir | Insta: @londonsaxophones SINGOLOGY AT LONDON BRIDGE STATION Stainer Street, London, SE1 9RL 6.30pm – 7.05pm Join us as we sing a blend of gospel, pop and soul songs. To date Singology has performed at many high profile events including V Festival with Stormzy, Songs of Praise on BBC1 and the Royal Albert Hall for an awards ceremony. With a strong community focus, Singology Choir is open to anyone interested in singing performing and connecting with other people. https://www.singologychoir.com | Facebook & Twitter: @singologychoir LONDON FOLK YOUTH ENSEMBLE Potters Fields Park, 165 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 3LW 7.20pm – 7.35pm Set up by English Folk Song and Dance Society in 2013, London Folk Ensemble brings together committed young folk musicians with professional folk musicians to create and perform folk music from the British Isles and beyond. www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-learning/london-youth-folk-ensemble T: @PottersFieldsPa & Insta: @pottersfieldspark TONGUE AND GROOVE AND SINGOLOGY Potters Fields Park, 165 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 3LW 7.45pm – 8.15pm Join us as we sing a blend of gospel, pop and soul songs. To date Singology has performed at many high profile events including V Festival with Stormzy, Songs of Praise on BBC1 and the Royal Albert Hall for an awards ceremony. With a strong community focus, Singology Choir is open to anyone interested in singing performing connecting with other people. https://www.singologychoir.com | Facebook & Twitter: @singologychoir AND Born from a love of performing, Tongue & Groove are an amateur choir that strive to bridge the gap between no-audition community choirs and a professional group, teaming professional Musical Directors from theatre with talented and dedicated amateur performers. We are all about engaging with the audience and putting on a good show. Repertoire songs include: Don’t You Want Me Baby – Human League, Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen, You Will Be Found – Pasek and Paul (from Dear Evan Hansen) and The Chain – Fleetwood Mac. www.tongueandgroove.london | Facebook: @PerformanceChoir | Twitter: @tandgchoir ZARIF Hop King 16 Druid Street, SE1 2EY 7pm – 7.30pm Zarif is an indie pop songwriter with a powerful soulful voice. She has toured extensively around the UK and Europe, including supporting Beyoncé on the I am… Sasha Fierce tour, duetting with John Legend and touring as a backing vocalist with Tom Odell. After taking a hiatus from releasing her own music, she is returning with an alternative pop sound with a nod to the 90’s which marries guitar with soaring harmonies. Produced by Mercury nominated producer John Calvert (Ghostpoet, Nao). Following the performance in Courage Yard, Zarif will also be playing at Hop King in Druid Street. https://hopking.org APPOLONIE & BURNHEART AT LONDON BRIDGE HOTEL Quarter House Bar 8-18 London Bridge Road, London, SE1 9SG 6pm – 8pm Unwind on Make Music Day with this sparkling jazz duo in the perfect setting of London Bridge Hotel, just seconds away from London Bridge Station. Straddling genres Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing – Appolonie’s soulful voice floats and combines with the layers of the violin which is then embellished with percussion and backing vocals. www.londonbridgehotel.com T: @LondBridgeHotel | F: @LondonBridgeHotel Insta: @londonbridgehotel | Appolonie & Burnheart: https://youtu.be/XAulHu26-ow | F: @appolonieandBurnheart SAMPLE ANSWER AND BLU:M AT DOODLE BAR 60 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ 7.30pm – 9pm Enjoy a good scribble at The Doodle Bar whilst listening to live indie rock bands Sample Answer and Blu:m. www.thedoodlebar.com F: @hello.how.do.you.doodle UNDERDOG BAR AND GALLERY: BLACK HELLIUM AND POSSESSOR The Underdog London. ARCH 6, Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW 8pm – 1am Join us for a gig like no other on Make Music Day! We bring you live heavy classic rock and metal bands, Black Helium and Possessor, both leaders in their disciplines and champions of their genres. The bands have recently released critically acclaimed albums and will play their top tracks on our stage. The Underdog London is an eclectic arts and music bar based in London Bridge just a 2min walk from the station and next to the vibrant buzz of Bermondsey street. We host some of the most interesting art exhibitions and free live gigs every Friday. We strive to cultivate a welcoming environment to make the alternative art and music scenes an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone. www.theunderdog.london | F: @underdogart | Insta: @underdog_gallery
Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. An experiment in ethical production that asks what we stand to gain from a greener future and how we get there, Seed will be made with crowdsourced reused materials and encourage greater connection with our local natural environment in conversation with Bermondsey Street Bees, Potters Fields Park and local tree planting charities. Enjoy some outdoor circus fun, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into our growing installation, and plant a seed to take home. This work in progress by Circumference is commissioned by Team London Bridge and presented by Potters Fields Park Management Trust. Supported by Arts Council England. 7 & 8 August Performances 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Potters Fields Park FREE circumference.org.uk IMAGE: Richard Davenport
Special free public event hosted by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s Nick Luscombe Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019 at The Underdog Gallery. From 5pm til late. An evening of music and conversation to celebrate the launch of Musicity x Low Line, featuring London-based French composer and musician Lola de la Mata; live Jungle and Drum & Bass mash-up artist Suitman Jungle; deep house producer, composer, digital artist and jazz pianist Tom Szirties; musician, storyteller and supremo of the South East London Folklore Society, Cunning Folk; experimental soundscape creators and visual artists Gestalt; Japanese-born violinist Chihiro Ono; electro-acoustic composer Thomas Stone; audio-visual performance artist James Alec Hardy; and artist, curator, comedian, designer, stage manager, magic lanternist and bingo caller, Frog Morris. Launching as part of London Festival of Architecture 2019, Musicity x Low Line will see fifteen sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site. Entry is FREE: get your tickets here. Venue: The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW. theunderdog.london musicityglobal.com The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. The theme for the 2019 event, which runs from 1-30 June across the capital, is ‘Boundaries’. London Bridge is a focus area for this year’s Festival and will be hosting over 60 events through the month. londonfestivalofarchitecture.org
Art in London Bridge isn’t confined to traditional galleries; it is waiting to be discovered in all kinds of interesting locations. London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager Julio Marques has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs reimagined, screen printing and painting on silk. For the summer exhibition, London Bridge OPEN exhibiting artists are: Aasiri Wickremage, Adrian Flaherty, Alison Cooke, Ann Dickie, Anna Gibb, Emma Barnie, Cameron Scott, Christina Borg, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Jenna Moore, Kim Youdan, Liz Whiteman Smith, Louise Sheridan, Lottie Stoddart, Octavia Milner and Robert Wilkinson and Shirley Hunter . This free exhibition will run throughout June and beyond. All work displayed will be available to buy. The initiative by partners London Bridge Hotel, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council is an innovative new approach to supporting local artists.
Join the children of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools on the 29th November along with volunteers from local London Bridge businesses as they carol their way from City Hall, Potters Fields Park along to Hay’s Galleria, ending inside London Bridge station. The Mayor of Southwark will be the special guest to kick off the evening, plus the glowing Angel accompanied by Winter Dancers will delight the crowd. Christmas lights will be switched on at all three locations, plus more festive treats from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. The carols will start at 4:30pm in Potters Fields Park, just by City Hall. The estimated end time is 5:30pm in London Bridge station. This event is organised by Team London Bridge, Potters Fields Park, London Bridge City, London Bridge Station and The Bridges Federation.
National Poetry Day 2018 takes place on Thursday 4 October 2018 and the theme is Change. Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. In London Bridge we’ll have 10 highly regarded, exciting poets reciting original works 4-5pm, and 6-7pm at the station beside the ticket office on the lower concourse. 4.00pm Paul Lyalls 4.15pm Shade Joseph 4.25pm Gabriel Jones 4.35pm Jemilea Wisdom-Baako 4.45pm Mr Gee 6.00pm Cecilia Knapp 6.15pm Rue Gumbochuma 6.25pm Bella Cox 6.35pm Eleanor Penny 6.45pm Bridget Minamore Come and be inspired. You can post your favourite lines from poems using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay Find the full programme at @PoetryDayUK and nationalpoetryday.co.uk
The London Curriculum Children’s Festival takes place on Sunday 16 September from 1-4pm. This free event is aimed at children and families. Bring the kids along to Potters Fields for a fun afternoon of free workshops, family activities and more. Activities The London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails Pick up one of our fantastic six trails that will help you explore London and find out how our city has changed over its long history. Each trail is packed with lots of fun activities, puzzles and quiz questions. MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Meet archaeology experts from MOLA and take a good look at fascinating finds uncovered along the Thames foreshore, London’s longest open-air archaeological site. The objects and fragments found there shed light on the lives of the people who lived and worked in London and help to tell the story of how the Thames shaped the city’s development. You can also have a go at making your own Roman amulet, create a pair of medieval shoes from felt and dress up as a Roman! Drop-in activity. Institute of Imagination Water Rafting Workshop The act of making a raft to cross a river is a superb test of skill and ingenuity. The Thames would have seen thousands of crossings in its lifetime before even a single bridge was built across it! In this activity with the Institute of Imagination, make a miniature raft and sail from craft materials and powered by wind, take on the challenge of navigating it down an obstacle-laden river to safety. Perfect for children aged 5-12 years old and their parents and carers. Drop-in activity. LEGO® Build The LEGO® Group will be running their Build the Change activity. Your challenge is to build the London of the future – dream big and inspire! Drop-in activity. SoapboxScience London’s leading women scientists take to their soapboxes to explain cutting-edge research in fun, interactive and hands-on ways! Get stuck in with science activities on a range of topics and question and probe top scientists about what scientists do. Votes for Women! Join the Suffragettes! Make Your Own Banner! March For The Cause! Date: Sunday 16 September 2018 Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Venue: Potters Fields Park, next to City Hall and Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom Cost: Free
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 Bridge Theatre Science Gallery London Museum of Life Sciences, King’s College London Guy’s Campus Unicorn Theatre City Hall Anise Gallery The Low Line There are over 800 buildings taking part this year. For a full listing and to plan your weekend visit openhouselondon.org.uk