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 OPEN offers the chance to see the work of local artists curated and displayed in the lobby and lounge of the hotel on London Bridge Street, just 50m from London Bridge Station. This very special exhibition showcases the breadth of talent of artists that live, work and study in the London Borough of Southwark. Featured artists: Albeiro Rojas Tomedes, Shirley Hunter, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Henrietta MacPhee, Joanna Brinton, Joanna McCormick, Lloyd Durling, Pablo Rodriguez Blanco, Ray Bridge, Richard Starbuck, Russel Herneman, Stephen Dunn, Steve Chapman and Ying Chang. 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. Feature Image: Ying Chang, Malleable State
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
Opens September 2018 at London Bridge Railway Station as a part of Totally Thames 2018. The vital role our diverse and fascinating bridges play in spanning the Thames is explored in this exhibition with a series of unique gigapixel, panoramic and hybrid night and day images that look to bring the bridges to life. On the bridges as dawn rises over London a trickle of cars, buses, trains and pedestrians begin to move slowly across the bridge, this very soon turns into a steady flow and then into a mad headlong dash as the rush hour sends a seemingly endless stream of people and vehicles cascading over the bridge. Below on the river activity starts with the distinct blue and white clippers that hurry silently under the bridges, these are soon joined by a variety of pleasure boats that grow ever more packed and noisy as this years hot summer’s day gets into full swing. From Kayaks to Cruise ships and tugs loaded with ballast you never know whats just around the corner. For more go to http://totallythames.org/event/connecting-london or reichholdarts.com/thames
The Vegetable Nannies invite you to join them in their Allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare. They love nothing more than proudly showing off their allotment cherubs. Come and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for the baby fruits and vegetables. Audiences are encouraged to befriend, feed and comfort all manner of earthen toddlers, such as Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon, Jessica, the Sweet-Potato beauty queen & David, the talented little Marrow whose ambition is to become a stage actor. Part of London Bridge Open Kitchen 2018, performances are FREE. Come to the Allotment at the Tooley Street entrance of London Bridge station to meet these legendary legumes on Saturday 30 June: 1215-1300hrs 1400-1445hrs 1545-1630hrs Or watch out for the Vegetable Nannies as they take their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. So, if you see an old pram brimming with some beautiful bouncing baby vegetables, come over and say hello. 1300-1345hrs 1445-1530hrs 1630-1715hrs In association with Plunge Boom.
Sunday 22 April 6pm – 8pm free dance class and performance with Dickson Mbi and Bim Malcomson The Scoop at London Bridge City, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2DB FREE Team London Bridge invite you to join world-renowned dancer Dickson Mbi and teacher Bim Malcomson to learn and perform Pina Bausch’s iconic dance work the Nelken Line. You don’t need to be a trained dancer, we are looking for everyone who likes to move, is happy to walk and learn gestural phrases for the arms. Watch the dance here. Learn the dance here www.pinabausch.org/en/projects/the-nelken-line We will be filming everyone dancing on location at the Riverside to create a short film for the internet. Please Note: Don’t bring bags or valuables with you. Dress for changeable weather and wear comfortable shoes. Tell your friends! Book Eventbrite at: https://thenelkenline_hive.eventbrite.co.uk For further Information: email@example.com With thanks to Potters Fields Park Management Trust, London Bridge City, King’s College London – Guy’s Campus and Network Rail.
The biggest Polish Festival in the United Kingdom, annually held in Potters Fields Park by Tower Bridge. Bringing a taste of Poland to London’s South bank this family friendly festival will introduce London residents and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. The festival will combine a variety of attractions for children and adults, including face painting, giant bubble shows, Polish national dances and live music including prominent Polish musicians. Click here for more information
Find out more about the Leather Industry in the Bermondsey Street area Thursday 15 February at 6.30pm In 1730 Queen Anne granted a royal charter and 100 years later, tanneries and other leather work covered our area. By 1980, it had all gone. Jennie Howells, local historian will be sharing this history with us on Thursday 15 February at The Hive (Team London Bridge), 1 Melior Place, London SE1 3SZ. Drinks from 6.30pm, talk at 7pm. To book your FREE place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is organised by BSAP (Bermondsey Street Area Partnership).