This Christmas Elias is going to visit his family in the Caribbean for the first time. He gets to go to the beach, play in the sunshine, and there’ll be a big party. It’s going to be the best. But he has one worry – will it still feel like Christmas? After all in London it’s usually really cold, he gets to decorate the Christmas tree and drinks lots of hot chocolate. He’s definitely never left a mango out for Santa before. Join us for this joyful, warm and festive story of celebrating Christmas and family, wherever you are. Ages 3-6 TICKET INFO Thu 17 Nov – Sat 31 Dec £13 – £20.50 under 18s / £18 – £25.50 adults. Previews: Under 18s £13 / Adults £19 Book here
Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:00 – 22:00 Sunday, 7 August 2022 12:00 – 22:00 The Scoop, The Queens Walk, England, SE1 2AA A totally FREE programme, featuring interactive workshops for all the family – learn your top-rock from your Bart Simpson and your two-step from your cabbage patch! Watch pop-up performances from world-renowned dance artists, youth crews and incredible live DJs, bringing together local people to celebrate community spirit. Saturday is Family Day and Sunday is Social Dance Day. Sign up on the day for workshops, watch a dance battle or join one if you dare! All beside the most famous river in the world. PLEASE NOTE: All events are free – no tickets are required. Just turn up and enjoy yourself but be aware that capacity may be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, and supported by London Bridge City.
Finding somewhere to eat out that all the family will enjoy can be a lengthy and thankless task. To help you out, we’ve come up with our list of options in London Bridge. We’ve looked at menus, setting, and price to steer you in the right direction, however there are dozens more places to eat in the area in our full listings. The Real Greek Tower Bridge – The chain has a great setting beside Tower Bridge and offers a Kid’s Menu for £7. Some free advice, don’t offer the little ones a Souvlaki, say it’s a chicken wrap and they’ll be all over it! Vapiano – Not much beats freshly made pasta and pizza if you’re under 10 (or over 10 for that matter!). Overlooking Potters Fields Park, Vapiano has a Kid’s Menu for £7.95 and is set in a bright, fun space that children feel welcome in. Five Guy’s – Not one for the babies, but older children will be begging you to come back for the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup milkshake and the enormous Bacon Cheese Dog. A winner dinner. Comptoir Libanais – The London Bridge branch of this Lebanese chain is beautifully decked out, close to the station. The Kid’s Menu offers delicious wraps, homemade lemonade, and something sweet and tasty. Pizza Pilgrims – On Tooley Street, close to London Bridge Station, Pizza Pilgrims has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pizza toppings to keep the whole family happy. If they can’t finish it, box it up and take it for later – that’s dinner solved too! Cafe Piazza – Under the striking vaulted roof of Hay’s Galleria, Cafe Piazza knows how to please a crowd, with sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads and lots of vegan options. With a totally covered terrace you’ll never feel fall victim to the British weather. Caffe Nomma Italian – Sitting on the edge of Potters Fields Park, Caffe Nomma Italian brings artisan ice cream from Calabria and Southern Italy’s number one coffee to this wonderful riverside setting. Not to mention the selection of homemade pasta and sauces. Absolutely Starving – A London Bridge stalwart, Absolutely Starving has been feeding London Bridge since long before The Shard rose above our heads. Sit in or take out to the riverside. Soups, salads, hot meals, sandwiches and more types of baked goods than Mr Kipling ever saw in his life! Gaucho Tower Bridge – You can sit down to a beautiful sirloin while the little darlings choose from a Children’s menu that includes mac ‘n cheese, fish and chips and burgers. All with views across the Thames! Creams – Have they been good today? If so, a treat at the Creams Cafe next to the London Bridge Experience is in order. The Café offers a wide range of delicious crepes, waffles, gelato, milkshakes and more, including a range of hot chocolates and coffees to take-away! Alternatively, head to one of the many lovely takeaways and cafes, or put together a picnic from the local supermarkets, and head to one of the many green spaces in London Bridge.
By Plunge Boom presented by Team London Bridge 13.00 – 18.00 Potters Fields Park 186 Tooley Street, SE1 FREE The Let’s Grow Nannies invite you to join them in their pop-up allotment for a bit of gardening and vegetable care. Come inside the picket fencing and get stuck into the daily duties of feeding, bathing and caring for all the adorable baby fruits and vegetables. @atlondonbridge @teamlondonbridge
There’s plenty of fun on HMS Belfast with free family activities to enjoy. Join in the interactive family activity Sea Legs and travel back to D-Day in 1944 with Family Mission: D-Day Edition. Take part in We Were There: Family Day on Saturday 21 May. From Bridge to Bakery the eyewitnesses and veterans will be sharing their memories of life at sea, and what it was like to grow up during the Second World War. More information here. All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7 and over. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival.
One of our favourite stories is when a bus jumped over an opening Tower Bridge in December 1952. This feat took place long before video cameras became common so we’ve never seen it on film, until now! Come and join in the family activities at Tower Bridge on Saturday 21 and Tuesday 31 May. Create your own stop-motion animation to take home. Family activities are free with admission, drop in and open to children of all ages but are particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. Where: Inside the Engine Rooms Time: 10am – 4pm When: Saturday 21 and Tuesday 31 May
WHEN YOU’RE LITTLE, GETTING DRESSED IS A REALLY BIG DEAL! In this energetic, warm and playfully physical show, we meet a young girl who is obsessed with her very favourite outfits, whatever the weather, despite what her Dad thinks. Get Dressed! is a riotous, fun and touching exploration of the relationship between a child and parent as they negotiate their world together. A play that speaks to children and adults equally, expressing the familiar joys and struggles of family life. TICKET INFO £12 – £14 under 18s / £18 – £20 adults (holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 28 May – 5 Jun) Previews 13 – 19 May: adults £12 / under 18s £10 We have been granted the Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely‘ mark, which certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. Read more about how we’re keeping you safe in the pandemic. Research and Development in partnership with Body & Soul.
Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children… Adapted by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials), the Unicorn Theatre presents a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast. Filmed at the Unicorn and aimed at ages 8 – 12, these short, vivid new readings are available to watch on our YouTube channel, for free, until 21 February 2021. Find out more
Join the Unicorn Theatre this Christmas for the stage adaptation of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s brilliantly subversive picture book which finds joy and friendship in the darkest and most unusual of places. One day Mouse is gobbled up by a wolf. ‘Oh woe’ says Mouse, who fears this must be the end. But then we discover Duck, who was, until Mouse arrived, taking a nap. As it turns out, it’s pretty nice living inside the belly of the beast with a new friend. There’s delicious food, dancing and – better still – no more fear of being eaten! Meanwhile, outside in the forest, things aren’t quite as rosy for Wolf who is being stalked by a hunter. Realising their fates are intertwined, Duck and Mouse hatch a winning plan… Book tickets
The Unicorn Theatre’s one and two day workshops are back for the Easter holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family. Choose from dance, circus, drama, puppetry and more, learn new skills and make new friends. Suitable for ages 7-13. Moving and Grooving: Dance and Movement Workshop A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary, disco, street, Bollywood and more. Tue 3 Apr | Ages 7 – 11 BOOK NOW > Shake, Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement Two Day Workshop A two-day workshop exploring the world of dance, circus movement and performance. Wed 4 – Thu 5 Apr | Ages 9 – 13 BOOK NOW > Shadow, Glove & Strings: Puppetry Workshop A one-day workshop exploring the imaginative possibilities of puppetry. This workshop is the same on both days. Fri 6 Apr & Sat 7 Apr | Ages 7 – 12 BOOK NOW > Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Price: £55 per child / 2 day workshops £100 per child