Tag: London Bridge

Love Lunch 2017

Published on 21st August 2017

It’s time to learn to Love your Lunch hour again. Taking a break from your working day is proven to enhance a healthy lifestyle so Team London Bridge is providing a menu of FREE lunchtime options around London Bridge to get you out and about weekday lunchtimes throughout September 2017. Team London Bridge have teamed up with partners such as the HMS Belfast, Fitness First, London Glassblowing and the Hot Yoga Society to compile a schedule of free activities that includes everything from sushi making, to outdoor fitness sessions, gallery viewings, and wellbeing workshops. Sessions are now open for advance booking before the programme starts on September 1st. Take a look at our lunchtime ideas, send us your suggestions for lunchtime action or tweet us @TeamLondonBdg / #LoveLunch17      Past events: Private Guided Tour of Tower Bridge – 05/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Mychael Barratt Talk at Eames Fine Art Gallery – 01/09, 1PM Fashion & Textile Museum – Private Tour – 05/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Explore HMS Belfast – 04/09 and 11/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED 1 year of lunches = 6 weeks of annual leave! – Talk – 07/09, 1PM Alex Monroe Open Studio – 12/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Norman Ackroyd Talk at Eames Fine Art Galley – 12/09, 1PM Introduction to Mindfulness – 13/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Let’s Draw to Classical Music! – 15/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Sophie Layton at Eames Fine Art Collectors Studio – 15/09, 1PM Life Drawing Class – 13/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED Art at the New Guy’s Cancer Centre – 20/09 – 1PM Explore London Bridge on a Blue Badge Guided Walk – 19/09, 1PM – FULLY BOOKED London Glassblowing Open Studio – 19/09- 22/09, 1PM Collage – a fun approach to image making – 22/09, 1PM Explore Arts and Culture in London Bridge – 25/09, 1PM Sushi Making Class – 12/09, 19/09 and 26/09, 1PM Chocolate Tasting Workshop – 22/09, 1PM Alex Monroe Open Studio – Engagement Rings Special– 27/09, 1PM Sports and Exercise Medicine – a practical approach to better workplace performance – 27/09, 12.30PM Bermondsey Street Bees Tasting – 27/09, 1PM Free Access to Fitness First (Cottons, London Bridge, Monument) – 18/09-22/09, 1PM Free Access to the Hot Yoga Society – Various Dates and Sessions Secret Tour of London Bridge Station – 21/09 and 28/09, 1PM Old Operating Museum Private Tour & Talk – 28/09, 1PM Bermondsey Street Fashion Heritage Self Guided Walk – Download Self Guided Walking Tour  – Download Working River: Film & Photographic Exhibition – 1PM screening, 25/09 to 29/09 Costume Life Drawing – 29/09, 1PM Volunteer with Putting Down Roots – Various Dates Host a Tea & Talk at your workplace – Various Dates Lunch in the Ice Cream Arch – 21/09 and 28/09, 1PM Take a break at the Dragon Café – every Monday      

A Guide to New Restaurants in London Bridge

Published on 17th August 2017

  London Bridge has long been an understated diner’s haven; sandwiched between two of the best artisan markets in the country (Borough Market and Maltby Street), the area is teeming with talented independent restauranteurs and sensational occasion destinations alike. With exciting cultural development catalysed by the rejuvenation of one of the busiest stations in the country, an influx of new talent is being drawn to the area, cementing London Bridge’s status as one of London’s ultimate culinary destinations. Here’s the low down on the latest newcomers…   Duddell’s London Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Michelin star Cantonese restaurant meets contemporary gallery  Where: 6 St Thomas Street, Southwark, London SE1 9RY This self proclaimed ‘cultural destination’ is set to bring its unique brand of authentic Cantonese cuisine and creative cocktails to London Bridge; inhabiting the site of the historic St. Thomas’ Church. Like its Hong Kong counter-part, Duddell’s will also host rotating art programmes, reflecting the brand’s commitment to global initiatives.   Santo Remedio Opening September 2017 In a nutshell: A contemporary take on authentic Mexican dining Where: 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU A relocation from Shoreditch brings Mexico City inspired Santo Remedio to the former site of Magdalen restaurant on Tooley Street. Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes have created a ‘cantina’ /‘comedor’ set up across two floors, serving regional specialities like their signature guacamole with grasshoppers, paired with artisanal tequila and mezcal cocktails.   Bob’s Lobster Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Exquisite seafood with a no-nonsense attitude Where? St Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QU Serving on paper plates from their trusty ’57 VW camper since 2013, Bob’s Lobster’s philosophy is all about simple yet indulgent pleasures. This autumn they’ll be parking up the van to open their first permanent restaurant on St Thomas Street. Expect indulgent delights such as Lobster Bisque Poutine Fries, Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos and Blood Orange Seabass Ceviche…   Londrino Opening November 2017 In a nutshell: World class creative cuisine with Portuguese flair Where: 36 Snowsfields Yard, London, SE1 3SZ With a 3 year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt (Mugaritz is currently rated number 9) Chef Leandro Carreira’s debut solo venture is an exciting prospect. Originally from Lisbon, Carreira will observe Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients; however, the weekly menu will explore influences and techniques from Carreira’s “experience as a chef who now calls London his home”.   The Coal Shed Opening October 2017 In a nutshell: A celebration of meat, fish and fire.  Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE Named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coal Shed have built an impressive reputation at their first Brighton based restaurant. The London branch will combine the successes of The Coal Shed and sister restaurant The Salt Room to comprise a menu of speciality meat and fish dishes, cooked expertly over fire.   The Ivy Tower Bridge Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Classic British-brasserie sophistication Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE The Ivy Collection endeavours to bring a piece of ‘The Ivy magic’ from the West End to other parts of London, and the latest Tower Bridge addition doesn’t disappoint. Serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, diners can enjoy breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails – all with a spectacular view of one of London’s most famous landmarks.   Baluchi-London Opened March 2017 In a nutshell: Impeccably executed Indian flavours with a modern twist Where? 181 Tooley St, London SE1 2JR Set in the spectacular Great Hall of the boutique LaLit London Hotel, Baluchi is the first branch of its kind in the UK. Chef Arup Dasupta has travelled far and wide to find his inspiration for this vibrant and innovative menu: a fusion of the finest organic ingredients and incredible Indian flavours.   The Rose  Relaunched June 2017 In a nutshell: Neighbourhood pub classics with personality  Where: 123 Snowsfields, London SE1 3ST The focus of The Rose has recently shifted from considered French fare to hearty home-comforts, responding to local demand for a quality, independent neighbourhood pub. However, with Manual Honey Butter Ribs and Pale Ale Battered Halloumi on the menu; this is not your average pub-grub.*   Tom Simmons Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Rustic British, French and Welsh fusion  Where: 2 Still Walk, London SE1 2RA Acclaimed chef Tom Simmons and partner Lois Thomas opened their first restaurant in London at the end of July 2017. Tom was reached the quarter-finals in MasterChef – The Professionals in 2011 and most recently headed up the kitchen at Wolfscastle Country Hotel where he was awarded 2 AA Rosettes within the year. Tom’s relaxed and elegant cooking style takes influence from British and French cuisine with a nod to his Welsh heritage and a focus on thoughtfully sourced ingredients.   Feeling inspired? You can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook here. Check out our restaurant map – click the name for info. * Get 25% of lunch at The Rose until 14th September with London Bridge DealCard. Valid Mon-Thurs from 12-5PM.

Afternoon Tea Week in London Bridge

Published on 10th August 2017

Dating back to 1840, the concept of Afternoon Tea as a social occasion was inspired by Anna, Duchess of Bedford, who found herself peckish in the ever extending gap between breakfast and a fashionably late dinner. Mid afternoon servings of tea, bread, butter and cake to the bedroom became a ritual, and soon the Duchess started inviting her friends over to share the spread. The occasion grew in popularity amongst upper-class and high society women in the 19th century who would dress in their finest attire to indulge in the drawing room. Evidently, as Afternoon Tea Week 2017 approaches, the tradition has stood the test of time. To celebrate we’ve picked out some of the best spots in London Bridge to take your tea in style…   High Chai at The LaLit London Experience afternoon tea with a twist at The LaLit London. Their unique dishes strike the perfect balance between Indian luxury and British traditional, with adventurous treats such as Scones with Saffron Skrikhand and Bangla Scotch Eggs. Served from The Gallery with a spectacular view of The Great Hall. Served 1-5PM Daily £47 pp |  Menu Oblix – London Afternoon Tea From Brick Lane market spices, to Cannon & Cannon’s of Lambeth’s cured angus beef, the London Afternoon Tea of Oblix takes the diner on a culinary tour of the city. To be enjoyed with panoramic views of the capital from level 32 of The Shard – you might even be able to spot the origins of your plate from afar… Served Monday – Friday: 12 – 3.30pm and Saturday – Sunday: 2:45 – 4:30pm From £38pp | Menu The Ivy Tower Bridge Freshly baked fruited scones and truffled brioche sandwiches have starring roles in this decadent spread. Combined with an unrivalled view of one of London’s most famous landmark’s – The Ivy Tower Bridge’s afternoon tea has all the ingredients for a quintessential British experience. Served 3-5PM Daily From £19.75 per person | Menu   The Refectory at Southwark Cathedral Pair your culture fix at the beautiful Southwark Cathedral with a traditional tea in the calm oasis of The Refectory courtyard. The tea includes scones, a selection of finger sandwiches and homemade cakes and bakes. Served Wednesday – Friday Call to book | Menu TING at The Shard – South East Asian Afternoon Tea TING pride themselves on their seasonal tea experiences made fresh from locally sourced produce. Opt for the Asian Afternoon Tea and expect your scones to be accompanied with champagne and an exotic line up of Mango Rice Paper Rolls, Pink Guava Mousse and Rendang Brioche Buns… Served from 12-4PM Daily £58 pp | Menu Afternoon Tea Week is from Monday August 14th – Sunday 20th.  Explore restaurants in the area. 

The Odyssey at The Scoop

Published on 02nd August 2017

For the 14th season of award-winning, free, open-air theatre at The Scoop, Gods and Monsters present an epic, action packed production of one of the world’s greatest adventure stories. As part of London Bridge City Summer Festival: Theatre Season, THE ODYSSEY will show every Wednesday between 6PM – 9PM from 9th August – 3rd September. Join our hero as he battles sea monsters, sirens, storms, a cyclops and ancient Greek gods on his voyage home to the woman he loves. Spend an evening on this massive adventure this summer or watch the three acts over multiple days. The entire Odyssey is suitable for all ages with the 6pm show particularly geared towards younger audiences and those new to Ancient Greek myth.   More information here. 

The View from The Shard: Virtual Reality Experience

Published on 01st August 2017

This summer, The View from The Shard are introducing two new exhilarating Virtual Reality experiences on their open-air Skydeck. For a limited time, you’ll be able to test your balance on ‘Vertigo’ or enjoy the thrill of ‘The Slide’ travelling at up to 100 miles per hour… if you dare!  THE SLIDE Enjoy the thrill of travelling at up to 100mph on the world’s highest virtual slide. Experience heights up to 800ft above London on an adrenaline-fuelled 360-degree virtual reality experience that swoops and slides through the city’s skyline. The hair-raising ride takes you on an extreme multi-sensory journey and finally answers the call of Londoner’s to turn The Shard into a helter skelter! VERTIGO Test your nerve and fear of heights on Vertigo! This virtual adventure sees the building fall away, leaving you suspended in the air, walking across The Shard’s early infrastructure and balancing on the stripped back construction site of Western Europe’s tallest building. Romeo the fox – our mascot that represents the intrepid real fox who was discovered on level 72 during construction of the building – also makes an appearance as you take your instructions from the site foreman. VIRTUAL REALITY TICKETS AVAILABLE TO BOOK UPON ARRIVAL ON THE OPEN-AIR SKYDECK Book your experience

New Season at the Science Gallery London

Published on 27th July 2017

The Science Gallery’s new season BLOOD: Life Uncut launches on the 27th July with installations in three different venues around London Bridge that will reveal the essential, expressive and the visceral nature of blood, by telling personal and provocative stories of this vital, life-affirming fluid that connects us all. Blood Equality at Guy’s Chapel and the ‘Heamotel’ on Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, will be open until Sunday 30 July and The Body is a Big Place at the Old Operating Theatre will be on view until 17 August. In addition, a roaming performing team, the Blood Bikers, will travel by bike between London and Tower bridges, stopping to gather stories, share messages, and stage ideas inspired by blood. This is the first phase of the BLOOD: Life Uncut season, which runs until mid-August, and will be followed by the second phase that includes an exhibition, installations, workshops and performances that will take place across London Bridge and Peckham from September until November. This season is a collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne who launched their season last night. Partnering with Nite Art for their launch event, the iconic Old Quad of The University of Melbourne was illuminated by Jordan Eagles’ Blood Equality-Illuminations. Check out the #BLOOD17 coverage at @scigallerymel and @scigallerylon on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and see full listings on the joint microsite here.

Float Away with The Ivy Tower Bridge

Published on 25th July 2017

Join The Ivy Tower Bridge on Tuesday 1st August for a special event; an aerialist will perform with a hot air balloon, right on the riverside outside the restaurant in Potters Fields Park. Pop by to enjoy the shows, on the hour from 12pm-8pm. The best social post will win dinner for two! Use the hashtags #ivyintheair #ivytowerbridge   

Comida Fest

Published on 24th July 2017

The first all Latin American street food festival in London comes to Potters Fields Park for the first time in 2017. Comida Fest’s team of curators have sourced out the best of Latin American street traders in London. FREE ENTRY with the best food and drinks, loads of kids and families activities, drinks masterclasses, dance workshops, bands and DJs! Event opening times Sat 11:00 – 21:00 (for food traders and bars and stage until 20:00) Sun 11:00 – 19:00 (for food traders and bars and stage until 18:00)

Explore: London Bridge Guided Walk

Published on 05th July 2017

Whether you are new to the area or are just keen to learn more about the neighbourhood, our FREE guided walking tour of London Bridge provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London (next to City Hall) and lass for approx 90 mins. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take you to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as you go along. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes. Places are limited so please book your free ticket on Eventbrite here. 

The Lanson Wimbledon Experience

Published on 03rd July 2017

Anyone for tennis? Join The View from The Shard 800ft above London’s skyline – the best place to watch Wimbledon! The matches will be screened on the open-air Skydeck at the top of The Shard. An alternative to Murray Mound, experience the very best of British traditions surrounded by 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Sip on Lanson champagne and indulge in strawberries and cream whilst cheering on your favourite players. Other tasty refreshments and tennis-themed cocktails include the Highest Serve, a refreshing blend of Black Label Champagne Lanson with raspberry liqueur, and delicious tennis ball macarons. Entry to The Lanson Wimbledon Experience is included for all visitors to The View from The Shard.