Tag: London Bridge

Anita Klein – Out of the Ordinary

Published on 05th April 2017

Anita Klein | Out of the Ordinary at Eames Fine Art Gallery  New Linocuts from the past 5 years Internationally recognised, Anita Klein is an artist that inspires, both technically and emotionally. Her new body of prints remind us to stop and notice: Notice what makes us smile, the people we love and the memories that matter. In today’s art world, we are constantly confronted with bright colourful imagery, but rarely met with work that evokes such a raw innate warming response. “Making a linocut in 10 or 11 colours is like slowly building up a painting. Each colour reacts with those underneath it and throws up surprises which suggest the next colour. The whole process is an absorbing game with its own rules which just ask to be broken” – Anita Klein, 2017 Out of the Ordinary will be exhibited at Eames Fine Art Gallery from 20th April – 14th May 2017.

An Interview with Bermondsey Street Bees

Published on 30th March 2017

When stockbroker Dale Gibson set up his first beehives on a Bermondsey Street rooftop in 2007, neither he nor his partner Sarah Wyndham-Lewis could have predicted the experiences that lay ahead. Almost a decade later, they reflect on the journey of their award winning business and share thoughts on the crucial role of sustainable beekeeping in London.   Do you still think of bee keeping as a hobby? It started out as a hobby and has progressed into a mild obsession and a disruptive business! We’ve got a concept here that we think is unusual, which makes it easy to be passionate about. Sarah and I have developed experience over 30/40 years in the city and marketing sector, so we’re stepping into the bee, honey and consulting business as well as applying basic bee husbandry skills. We’re having a great time doing a lot of things we never anticipated doing. We’re very lucky to be working with so many different people who care about bees as much as we do – its helped us to develop what started as a hobby into a professional bee enterprise. Do you and the bees have a daily routine? The bees are variable, as they tend to do very little during the winter. The rule is that you have to have a reason to open up a bee hive, rather than just doing it on a curiosity basis.  We have schedules to inspect the bees, especially during the swarming season (when the first dandelion appears). The intensive period is between May/June where we’re on absolute peak duties, before things slow down after summer solstice when the queens egg laying rate starts to diminish. There are many things we can get on with in winter, processing the honey, bottling it, selling it, doing talks and making plans for new apiaries, but it’s different types of work at different times of the year. “The rich history of bees in London is a wonderful thing, but we’re looking to ensure a rich future too.”   What are the differences in how you practice urban beekeeping, to rural bee keeping? Aside from the logistic/ environmental differences, the benefits of keeping bees in London is 3 or 4 fold, firstly the temperature is 2 or 3 degrees higher than the surrounding countryside which means the plants are able to give nectar and to flower for longer. Also, because of people’s personal ambitions and tastes, we have a vast variety of flowers in gardens. Plus, there’s the benefit of inspired municipal planting, for example in Potters Fields Park. Ian Mould, the gardener puts in sequential planting so that the bees have something to eat all year round, he’s very observant and thoughtful about it. A particular focus and passion of ours is the creation of forage and ensuring that when we introduce more bees into a city like London, there will be sufficient creation of forage to to ensure our bees and the existing city bees will have enough to eat. That’s the primary responsibility of any farmer, sustainability. The rich history of bees in London is a wonderful thing, but we’re looking to ensure a rich future too. In terms of being a responsible beekeeper, what advice would you give local residents with an interest in bee-friendly planting?  Let’s start with some really broad brush strokes – anything blue or purple is good as the bee’s vision is acutely adjusted towards those sort of flowers. Think of your garden as if it’s something that’s going to bear fruit and and have flavours – herbs, fruit trees. We have a lovely damson tree on our allotment and herb garden here up on the roof. We always feel like there’s something for us to have, taste and enjoy the flavour of as well as the bees – all things can fit together and consciously bridge the gap between people and bees. Team London Bridge have done a fantastic job of developing green spaces in the area, projects like the Greenwood Theatre, the Druid Street wildflower meadow, the hanging baskets – it all helps! We have planting guides on our Bermondsey Bees website, great for rooftop plantings which have high wind and are prone to being quite arid. Does Bermondsey Street Bees honey have a signature taste? Every honey has its own terroir like a fine wine or olive oil, they’re all in their own batches. No two vintages will be the same. The honey is affected by the weather and the plants that thrive in different conditions. Ours has a clarity and a slight tang with a lift of mint in the final taste. It has a little twist of citrus (lime tree rather than actual citrus fruit), and that multi-floral complexity that London honey often has. We don’t heat the honey above the hive temperature, which is the opposite of super-heated, filtered and entirely denatured squeezable supermarket bottles. Each jar will always have its own personality, body and soul, that captures the essence of the surroundings and the year itself, and and we’re proud of that. “Each jar will always have its own personality, body and soul, that captures the essence of the surroundings and the year itself, and and we’re proud of that.”   What is your relationship with the local community? In cities, your door often opens straight onto the street: rather than a long row of trees leading up to a long drive, or a deep suburban garden with a hedge or wall around it. We just flow straight onto the street and straight into the community. For the last 10 years we’ve been intimately associated with Bermondsey Street, whether that’s previously being secretary of BSAP (Bermondsey Street Area Partnership) or judging a dog show at Bermondsey Street Festival! We always use local suppliers for our products, like French Flint, the local glass guy by Leathermarket or collaborating with local brewery Hiver Beers who we’re collaborating with on selling honey beer at a retail space in Maltby Street market. We’ve also been quite successful in getting out into the community where we’ve been planting in St Mary Magdalen Church Yard with a large grant from Southwark’s ‘Cleaner Greener Safer’ fund. We planted an edible garden in Leathermarket gardens with the help of BOST (Bankside Open Spaces Trust) and we’re currently working with Team London Bridge and Southwark Council to put together a green roof with the aid of local artist Austin Emery and Leathermarket JMB. These joint ventures from very local enterprising focusing on a single outcome can be very powerful, the help we’ve had from the larger organisations as small individuals has been enormously encouraging. We feel fortunate to be in the middle of an environment where we had cooperation and collaboration across the board. You mentioned Sarah’s background in marketing, what is Sarah’s role in Bermondsey Street Bees? Dale: She’s my partner… Sarah: Whether I like it or not! It’s crept up on me somehow. I do the branding, marketing, design, product development, and project management. I also manage the retail and wholesale sales. Dale: Sarah is also the loony project prevention officer. I’m very keen on embarking on mad projects, and Sarah is very keen on not allowing me to do that! Sarah: There’s a great saying from someone I used to work with, he said ‘there’s a very big difference between starting a business and being busy fools’. We try to keep the business progressive, moving forward, taking people with us on a journey. This is a big learning curve because of all the sustainability issues. My parents were farmers so I do have that background of using the land and being respectful to creatures, but you start applying that to urban beekeeping and you suddenly realise how fragile the urban economy is for a bee or for a small creature. At one point I questioned, why should we expect have bees in London? Is it reasonable for Londoners to expect to have bees? Sarah: There’s actually lots of answers. One is- why shouldn’t Londoners have local honey? Bees do a great job pollinating people’s allotments, parks and gardens, and by pollinating, they’re also feeding the birds. When the seeds and fruits are properly pollinated, the trees and bushes can be more productive, so there’s an entire eco structure being supported by the act of keeping bees and feeding them. It’s all very delicate and sensitive, and one disruptive factor, like taking away some green space and building on it can make a tremendous difference. Dale: People have got the message that a dog isn’t for Christmas, but a bee hive isn’t just for decorative purposes either! We want to raise the standard to this becomes the norm for how people take care of bees, and for it to become the next step in sustainable bee keeping.   Eddie the pug. Sarah also founded Holly & Lil, the canine fashion boutique which shares the ground floor of Bermondsey Street Bees HQ What’s next? We’ve got some great projects coming up, we’ve recently opened a honey library and prep kitchen which is specifically designed for our commercial clients for chefs to come in, recognise an environment which they’re familiar with and come and taste and talk about honey as a key ingredient in cooking. We think that’s going to be our target market so we want that to the the focus of for the particularly venue. We’re also opening up in Hiver Beers arch in Maltby Street, where we’ll have a small retail concession, which will hopefully give us some sort of visibility. Sarah: We’re currently doing something special with the Shangri La at The Shard. We designed a unique honeycomb stand inspired by The Shard for hotel breakfast tables – and Shangri La bought the very first one. We’ve also organised a supply chain for them with one of our partner bee keepers. It’s very artisanal: He went into his fields in the depths of the country – and set up some hives to make honey exclusively for the Shangri La. It’s just fantastically natural and straightforward…. I love the idea that visitors from all over the world are getting to taste a fine, raw English honey, and it’s presented in such a glamorous way!   Bermondsey Street Bees have recently added Great Taste Awards ‘Small Artisan Food Producer of the Year’ and Urban Food Awards ‘Heavenly Honey’ award to their list of accolades. Their honey will be on sale in their own shop within Hiver Beers Arch in Maltby Street Market from mid October. Arch 55, Stanworth Street, Southwark, SE1 3NY. You can sneak a glimpse into the world of Bermondsey Street Bees in this episode of BBC’s Inside Out London. Featured from 21 minutes. Find out more here.  

Inspirational Women of London Bridge

Published on 14th March 2017

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In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up a host of leading ladies. Many of their achievements have shaped the climate of the area as it is today, however their influence transcends postcodes, cities, and even continents. They’ve motivated change in fields including nursing, fair-trade, fashion and LGBT rights: meet the Inspirational women of London Bridge…   1. Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, RDI, Fashion Designer Zandra’s early textile designs were considered too outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers, subsequently she decided to make dresses from her own fabrics, pioneering the very special use of printed textiles as an intrinsic part of the garments she created. She has been Commander of the British Empire since 1997 (in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles) and has nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in both the UK and USA Additionally, Zandra has set up the Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street, here in London Bridge, which was officially opened May 2003 by HRH Princess Michael of Kent. Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta designed the museum in it’s trademark pink and orange – a stunning colour choice replicated in Zandra’s collaboration with Team London Bridge and the Greenwood Theatre in 2015. 2. Sophi Tranchell MBE, CEO of Divine Chocolate Sophi Tranchell, winner of Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year  (the most prestigious international award for social innovation) is the CEO of London Bridge based fair-trade chocolate company, Divine Chocolate. Appointed in 1999, she has led this innovative company, from a team of four with a very bold proposition, to the international £12.6m company it is today.  Her belief in, and dedication to, the company’s purpose and mission – to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through a more sustainable and equitable trading relationship – has been fundamental to the company’s success.  The company’s unique business model – which gives cocoa farmers the biggest share, and seats on the Board, in addition to the benefits from Fairtrade – has become a leading example of what is possible both in the Fairtrade movement and of a social enterprise reaching international scale in a highly competitive sector. Quote – BBC News   3. Florence Nightingale  OM, RRC, Founder of Modern Nursing The Lady with the Lamp’s pioneering work during the Crimean war lead to revolutionary progression in the field of medical care for soldiers. Florence Nightingale became involved with St Thomas’s Hospital in London Bridge in 1859. This was the original site for her famous nursing school. The first trained Nightingale nurses began work on 16 May 1865 at the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary. Now called the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, the school is part of King’s College London. Florence helped establish numerous nursing organizations throughout the remainder of her life and received numerous awards for her work, including the German order of the Cross of Merit and the French gold medal of Secours aux Blessés Militaires. Queen Victoria awarded her the Royal Red Cross in 1883. She was appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John in 1904 and became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit in 1907. She was given the Honorary Freedom of the City of London in 1908. On May 10, 1910 she was presented with the badge of honor of the Norwegian Red Cross Society. Information from British Heritage.com   4. Amy Lamé Night Czar at London City Hall Amy Lamé was appointed by The Mayor as London’s first Night Czar in 2016.  The comedian and broadcaster has long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, having hosted the club every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 21 years. Amy co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She is currently working to help tackle sexual assault against women on public transport, and boost the safety of women on nights out. These plans include hosting a City Hall summit with more than 100 women from different fields, including policing, councils and women’s rights groups. Quote – Evening Standard   5. Kerry Taylor  Founder of Kerry Taylor Auctions Kerry Taylor joined Sotheby’s in 1979 and rapidly rose through the ranks to become the youngest auctioneer in the company’s history at just 21. ??In 2003 she left to set up her own auction business, specialising in fashion and textiles. Since leaving Sotheby’s she has repeatedly attracted headline grabbing collections and historically important garments belonging to some of the most beautiful and fashionable women of the 20th century – Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Daphne Guinness, the Duchess of Windsor (again) and many others. However, it is her unrivalled expertise and experience built up over more than three decades, her interest, knowledge and passion for the subject, and her care and research of the items she handles that makes her sales unique. Kerry Taylor Auctions, based locally on Long Lane is now regarded as the world’s leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles. Quote – Modcloth Blog   6. Women of Southwark Council: Mayor of Southwark Councillor Kath Whittam and CEO Eleanor Kelly Mayor of Southwark Cllr Kath Whittam was appointed in May 2016, and has a long record as a community activist. She’s serving as Chair of her Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel, private residents’ representative on the Canada Water Campaign Forum, and Chair of the Rotherhithe Under 5’s Group at Time and Talents. Her lifelong interest in the natural environment has seen her become a Friend of Lavender Pond and Russia Dock Woodland. She has also been a very active member of The Amicable Society working with other members on the conservation of the two historic statues standing proud above the old Free School in Rotherhithe to restore their paintwork and brighten their traditional ‘bluecoats’. Meanwhile her commitment to education has continued in her role as School Governor first at Redriff School, Bacons College as parent governor and now Albion Primary School. Southwark Council CEO Eleanor Kelly was appointed as the council’s CEO in 2012. Her department has responsibility for regeneration, planning, human resources and corporate strategy. Eleanor has senior executive level experience in both public and private sectors, including substantial experience as Finance Director, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive at Tower Hamlets Council. Recognised by her professional accountancy institute as an expert in organisational management, for a number of years Eleanor acted as the national specialist examiner in this subject for the final year professional exams. She has held a number of non-executive directorships, most notably as a trustee of a charitable trust, and as a non executive chairman of the board of directors for a private consultancy company. 7. Caryl Jenner – Founder of the Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn Theatre was founded by Caryl Jenner as a touring company in 1947 with a commitment to giving children a valuable and often first ever experience of quality theatre, and a philosophy that ‘the best of theatre for children should be judged on the same high standards of writing, directing, acting and design as the best of adult theatre‘. Today, the Unicorn is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre.

Tanner & Co

Published on 09th March 2017

At Tanner & Co we believe in good quality food and great cocktails, superb beers and fine wines – all served in a unique environment that is relaxed and full of fun. Eat – Our menus are designed to take you back while bringing you bang up-to-date… traditional with an all important twist. From our signature bacon & black pudding scotch-egg, to our home cured beef, we believe in using the best ingredients, lovingly crafted in to dishes that are heartily comforting. … And for the uninitiated – our Gentleman’s Relish is a must! Drink – What is life without a drink and a song? Pretty dull! At Tanner & Co we enjoy a cheeky tipple, but we like to do it in style… be it a humble but honest beer, the infamous Bermondsey Street Bootleg or a dip in Samuel Pepys Cup, our cocktail, wine & beer list is bound to delight. Tanner & Co

OBLIX

Oblix is an experiential drinking and dining destination located on the 32nd floor of The Shard where guests can choose from two dynamic offerings. Oblix East is home to the bar and lounge, playing host to locals and stylish urbanites looking for a refined drinking experience while sipping on creative culinary cocktails and enjoying music ranging from live bands to DJ sets. With views over Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, Oblix East offers guests an eclectic mix of innovative seasonal dishes inspired by the booming East London food scene, along with a new small bites menu that elevates street food to new heights. For guests who seek a traditional, yet exceptional demonstration of contemporary cooking, the restaurant in Oblix West proudly showcases the wood-fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie at the heart and soul of the open kitchen at Oblix. The sophisticated menu, with dishes being created insight of your table, includes an array of global classic dishes each with an Oblix twist. Guests at Oblix West can enjoy a relaxing dining experience while enjoying the unparalleled views of the Thames from London Bridge to Big Ben Oblix are offering London Bridge DealCard holders access to their exclusive £7.50 cocktail menu and Secret Society Offers. Please show your card on arrival or quote when booking.  Opening times  RESTAURANT Monday – Saturday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Sunday: Roast 12-3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm   LOUNGE Monday – Friday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Saturday – Sunday: Brunch – 12 – 4pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm   BAR opening times Sunday – Wednesday: 12pm – 12am Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 1pm     Afternoon Tea Service Monday – Friday: 12 – 3.30pm Saturday – Sunday: 2:45 – 4:30pm   Getting there: Oblix, Level 32 at The Shard, 31 St Thomas street, SE1 9RY Oblix is situated on the 32nd floor of The Shard, right above London Bridge tube station. For any bookings please call directly our reservation team: 020 7268 6700 Please note: no children under the age of 16 are allowed in Oblix Lounge after 6pm Dress Code: Smart, Casual (no gym trainers, running shoes, flip flops, beach wear or baseball caps are not allowed). Clean, fashionable sneakers will be accepted but only if worn with suitable attire. Jeans are permitted so long as they are not torn or scruffy.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers are the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river, with departures from key London piers every 20 minutes, including London Bridge City, Greenwich and Embankment. The fleet of high speed catamarans link London’s attractions, offering an alternative way to see the city sights. On board you will find climate controlled indoor cabins, outdoor decks and licensed coffee bars. The boats are all wheelchair and pram accessible with toilet facilities on board. Glide down the Thames in comfort with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Single and Return tickets, it’s easy to pay by touching in and out with Oyster or contactless. Or choose to make a day of it with hop-on, hop-off all day River Roamer tickets; save over 10% when you book these online at thamesclippers.com If you’re going to The O2, check out the dedicated River Bus Express service for events, direct from London Bridge City to North Greenwich for The O2, you can even upgrade to a VIP champagne ticket. The DealCard offer: Receive 1/3 off Single or Return tickets on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers when you show your card at the ticket office. Whether you want to spend the day sightseeing or take a quick trip by river, Uber Boats by Thames Clippers are perfect for exploring the city. Ts and Cs: 1/3 off discount is valid on Adult Standard Single or Return tickets only Discount is valid for the Team London Bridge/News UK deal card holder only, on production of their card Excludes River Bus Express for events at The O2 Discount can only be redeemed at Thames Clippers ticket offices Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions www.thamesclippers.com

José Tapas Bar

José Tapas Bar was José Pizarro’s first solo venture: a tapas and sherry bar on Bermondsey Street in London. It’s small and cosy, inspired by the bustling tapas bars around La Boquería market in Barcelona and the traditional tapas bars in the hot, dusty towns and villages of Andalucía. The daily menu depends on what looks good at the market on the day. You’ll see a mix of new dishes as well as old favourites. They maintain a diverse wine and sherry list from both established and small producers of Spain. You will find wines and sherries here that you won’t see anywhere else. Fans of José should check out his second critically acclaimed Bermondsey Street restaurant, Pizarro. http://josepizarro.com

ITSU

Nutritious, healthy & delicious Asian-inspired food made fresh in-store every day. Celebrate the stunning flavours of the Far East with our eat beautiful menu. High in nutrients & energy, refreshingly low in calories, low in saturated fat; food for a new lease of life. Welcome to the fast food of the future; it’s beautiful, good for you and delicious, power-packed with zen goodness to help keep you on the ball. We have been creating delicious, affordable and healthy, Asian inspired food since 1997. With 70 shops across the UK, we are growing rapidly, opening new stores every year nationwide. https://www.itsu.com/

AQUA SHARD

Published on 07th March 2017

Aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard serves innovative contemporary British cuisine. The restaurant boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room, private event spaces and a spectacular three-storey high all-day atrium bar. Dishes feature carefully-selected fine British produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with innovative techniques. Opening times Breakfast: Monday to Friday 7.00am till 10.30a / Saturday and Sunday 9.00am till 10.00am Brunch: Saturday and Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 10.30am till 3.30pm Lunch: Monday to Friday 12 noon till 2.45pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Friday 3.00pm till 5.00pm Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6.00pm till 11.00pm Atrium Bar: 12 noon till 1.00am, the bar operates on a walk in basis only, no reservations are taken. Entry is subject to capacity. Dress Code: Smart Casual (No sportswear, shorts or flip flops.)