Tag: London Bridge

Andrew Logan Artwork Launch

Published on 20th May 2019

You are invited to join Andrew Logan for the launch of his new artwork. A key figure in London’s cultural life, Andrew’s London Bridge journey has taken him from the pre-renovated warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, to his more recent residence in the Glasshouse on Melior Place. One of Britain’s principal sculptural artists, he challenges convention, mixes media and plays with our artistic values. Andrew will unveil his latest work at London Bridge Station on the 3rd June at 11am. The event will take place on the Lower Concourse (next to Accessorize, opposite Platforms 3 and 4) Sunshine! by Andrew Logan was commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with London Bridge Station and the Unicorn Theatre.

Hamleys

Published on 13th March 2019

Hamleys was founded by William Hamley as “Noahs Ark” in High Holborn, London, in 1760 and is now the oldest and best-known toy shop in the world.  Their London Bridge branch is located in London Bridge Station’s Western Arcade.

Pandora

Discover Pandora’s unique range of jewellery including hand-finished charms, bracelets, necklaces, rings and pendants to match your style and personality. Pandora London Bridge is located in the Western Arcade of London Bridge Station.

The Inspirational Women of London Bridge

Published on 07th March 2019

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In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up a host of leading ladies. As well as their achievements shaping London Bridge as it is today, 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, so, 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. Zandra set up the Fashion and Textile Museum here in London Bridge in 2003. Painted in her trademark pink and orange,  you can’t miss the stunning Bermondsey Street landmark. 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. She has led this innovative company since 1999, from a team of 4 to the international £12.6m company it is today.  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. Florence helped establish numerous nursing organizations throughout the remainder of her life and received a hoard of awards for her work, including the German order of the Cross of Merit and the French gold medal of Secours aux Blessés Militaires. 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 a 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. Amy also co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She’s made a priority tackling sexual assault against women on public transport, and boosting the safety of women on nights out. Quote – Evening Standard   5. Kerry Taylor  Founder of Kerry Taylor Auctions Kerry Taylor joined renowned auction house 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 Kerry’s unrivalled expertise, passion and experience have led her business (Kerry Taylor Auction’s based locally on Long Lane) to be regarded as the world’s leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles. Quote – Modcloth Blog   6. 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.

An Interview with Bermondsey Street Bees

Published on 15th February 2019

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When stockbroker Dale Gibson set up his first beehives on a Bermondsey Street rooftop in 2007, neither he or his partner Sarah Wyndham-Lewis could have predicted the experiences that lay ahead. Over 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 beekeeping 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 beekeeping? 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  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 has 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 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 to have bees in London? Is it reasonable for Londoners to expect to have bees? Sarah: There are 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 beehive 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 beekeeping.   Eddie the pug. Sarah also founded Holly & Lil, the canine fashion boutique which previously shared 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 focus of for the particular 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 beekeepers. 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! This interview is from the 2016 AtLondonBridge archives  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.

Science Gallery Café

Published on 05th February 2019

The Science Gallery Café is a dining destination in its own right,  ideally situated right outside London Bridge station and the Shard. The light, spacious café is located on the ground floor of the dynamic exhibition space, overlooking the beautiful newly restored Georgian courtyard. It makes an ideal venue for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea for visitors and locals alike. With an emphasis on ethically sourced local produce, the open kitchen serves a varied menu of sharing plates, deli sandwiches and market main plates alongside locally roasted coffee and fresh juices. The Science Gallery Cafe is offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% off all food and drink.  Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. VIEW OUR SAMPLE BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH MENU VIEW OUR SAMPLE LUNCH MENU VIEW OUR SAMPLE DRINKS MENU The café is licenced to serve alcohol and operates a Challenge 25 policy. Mon-Fri: open 8am-6pm (hot breakfast from 9 am) Saturday: open 10 am for brunch and lunch at 12 pm close at 6 pm Sunday: open 10 am for café counter service only – no hot food service on a Sunday.  

Flat Iron – London Bridge

Published on 18th January 2019

The Tooley Street branch of Flat Iron in London Bridge is the latest of their six restaurants, all serving delicious steak, cooked to perfection, at reasonable prices. Flat Iron also serve a selection of sides and sauces to accompany the main event. Tips: do try the Negroni fountain/ don’t ask if they serve chicken! Walk-in only https://flatironsteak.co.uk  

9 of the best vegan dishes in London Bridge

Published on 09th January 2019

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After the over-indulgence of the festive period, a record number of us are pledging to the plant-based diet. With movements like #Veganuary and the recent rise in awareness of planet-conscious eating, chefs all over the world are responding with imaginative vegan creations, packed full of flavour. Say goodbye to the bog-standard mushroom risotto and HELLO to these delicious dishes, all available right here in London Bridge.   1. By Chloe’s The Full Brekkie by CHLOE’s collaboration with Zanna Van Diijk is a twist on ‘The Full Engish’ featuring maple carrot bacon, jack fruit sausage, scrambled tofu, smoky cowboy beans, roasted plum tomatoes and whole shiitake mushrooms, served with a toasted buttered vegan English muffin and house-made Beet Ketchup. By Chloe. One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD   2. Santo Remedio’s Hibiscus Enchiladas Rolled tortillas filled with Hibiscus flowers sautéed in tomato and Chile Morita. Santo Remedio, 152 Tooley St, SE1 2TU   3. The Coal Shed’s Fire Roasted Squash  Fire roasted squash, Israeli couscous, pomegranate, walnuts and a spiced yoghurt dressing. The Coal Shed, 4 Crown Court, One Tower Bridge, SE1 2ZR   4. Gunpowder’s Porzhi Okra Fries  Gunpowder Tower Bridge, 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD   5. Cafe Rouge’s Spicy Moroccan Vegetable Tagine Roasted courgette, carrots, butternut squash, baby spinach and chickpeas with toasted almonds and coriander chutney. Served with spiced coriander couscous. Cafe Rouge, Hays Galleria, Tooley St, SE1 2HD   6. Duddell’s Black Pepper Vegetarian ‘Chicken’  Duddell’s, 9a St Thomas St, SE1 9RY   7. Pizza Pilgrim’s Marinara Pizza  This classic Neopolitan Pizza is packed full of flavour – no cheese needed! Pizza Pilgrims, Unit SU48, Tooley St/ Bermondsey St, SE1 9SP   8. Leon’s Love Burger  Soya-beetroot patty topped with a vegan Carolina mustard mayo, Leon’s burger sauce, tomatoes, pickles, and a slice of smoked gouda-style vegan cheese, in between sourdough burger buns. More London/ London Bridge Station/ Borough High Street   9. The Ivy Tower Bridge’s Dukka Spiced Sweet Potato  Aubergine baba ganoush with coconut ‘yoghurt,’ sesame, mixed grains, toasted almonds and a Moroccan tomato sauce. The Ivy Tower Bridge, One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2AA   Find more restaurants in London Bridge >> 

Coffee London Bridge

5 places to get a great cup of coffee

Published on 21st November 2018

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October 1st marks International Coffee Day, a homage to one of the world’s most popular drinks. The day is a celebration of the people in the coffee industry; promoting awareness of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop. In celebration of ICW, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great independent coffee shops in London Bridge.   1. Three Wheels Coffee Inspired by founder Rory Doyle’s time working on coffee farms throughout South America, The Shard Arcade based coffee shop stocks the highest-grade Arabica coffee beans.  All the beans are ethically sourced, fair-trade and organically certified. The Shard Arcade, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG   2. Chapter 72 Owned and run by husband and wife team Rod & Ellie, Chapter 72 Coffee and Cocktail shop was born out of a passion for great coffee. They work alongside a roaster that not only shares the same passion for coffee as they do but also the same values. Every drop of Chapter 72 coffee is from beans sourced ethically from farmers around the world who promote good practices on their farms. 72 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD   3. Change Please As well as serving award-winning fair-trade coffee, Change Please is empowering the homeless community by training them to be baristas. This dynamic social enterprise is staffed by the homeless, to help the homeless. Their London Bridge wagon is located at the foot of The Shard on St Thomas Street. 32 London Bridge St, London, SE1 9SG   4. F***OFFEE Just as famed for its name as its delicious coffee, the Bermondsey St based café’s single origin beans are sourced from the Purosa region in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea. The team are dedicated to ensuring fairtrade guidelines are being met, having twice visited the growers to ensure the beans are entirely traceable. 163 – 167 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW   5. London Grind Grind have their own state of the art coffee roaster to supply coffee to their London based shops. Heads of Coffee and Roasting Howard and Sam work closely with a team of boutique importers who guarantee fair pay to farmers. Grind also invest in projects to improve the communities that they rely so much on upon. London Grind is set to open their second London Bridge-based shop in the Western Arcade of the new station in early 2019. 2 London Bridge, London, SE1 9RA

9 Unique Venues for your Christmas Party

Published on 29th October 2018

‘Tis almost the season! Whatever you’re looking for in your Christmas outing this year, we’ve searched out a shortlist of fabulous London Bridge venues to suit all sizes, tastes and budgets.   1. Santo Remedio For those who want to add a bit of spice to their celebrations, Santo Remedio have created a Mexican-inspired menu to share some of the country’s most iconic and festive dishes. The family-style sharing dining experience will be accompanied by music, cocktails and the best of Mexican hospitality. From £38 – £50pp. 2. The Coal Shed Perfectly placed just a stones-throw from London’s iconic Tower Bridge, The Coal Shed offer a number of celebration packages. Opt for the Festive Tasting Menu for a seasonal three-course meal, or an indulgent Festive Feasting Menu of 7 dishes, including Fire Roasted Market Fish, Coal Roasted Pork Belly, and Black Angus Prime Rib with a selection of delicious sides. From £45- £65 pp. 3. The Draft House Tower Bridge The Draft House Tower Bridge team can help you plan the perfect party to suit your needs, whether it’s for a full on festive bash, a meal with pals, or just a few celebratory drinks. They offer a Festive Finger Food Menu and a full Christmas Feast. From £15-£30 pp.  4. The Underdog Gallery For those looking for a proper knees-up, look no further than the Underdog Gallery’s Santa’s Grotto. Set in a railway arch on Crucifix Lane, party guests will find food sleighs, beer pong, the 12 Gins of Christmas and a Jagermeister Christmas tree. Contact for more information.  5. Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen Whether you’re looking for a traditional sit-down lunch/dinner, a festive drinks party area or an exclusive Christmas party venue hire, Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen have it covered in style. Their exposed brick interior will be transformed into a glittering paradise, and a tented yard bar and cosy ski lodge will transport you to the Alps. Contact for more information.  6. Londrino World-renowned Chef Leandro Carreira’s sharing menu is guaranteed to make your Christmas celebration one to remember. Ideal for the non-traditionalist, there’s no turkey in sight – instead Bisaro Presa takes centre stage alongside Portuguese-inspired dishes like hispi cabbage and black garlic biscuit. £48pp. 7. Gunpowder Tower Bridge  Home-style Indian restaurant Gunpowder offers three festive feasting options featuring stuffed game birds, whole grilled fish and root vegetable pies with an Indian twist. If something isn’t on the menu that you were hoping for – they are also happy to discuss bespoke requests. Guests can make table bookings or hire out the entire upstairs space. Contact ria@gunpowderlondon.com to discuss requirements. From £30- £50 pp. 8. Oblix West Enjoy stunning views of London’s skyline as you dine on Oblix West’s indulgent take on the traditional Christmas lunch. Mains include stuffed turkey breast, truffled lentils & chanterelles and Organic pork chop, bacon relish & rosemary oil. £50pp. 9. Hiver Beers Hivequarters The Hiver Beers Taproom and Hivequarters is tucked away in a railway arch on Stanworth Street and comes equipped with a fully licensed bar serving award-winning craft Honey beer on tap. Their friendly and knowledgeable bar staff will be on-hand to look after your event and to help everyone get into the festive spirit. Check out their rate card here/ contact info@hiverbeers.com/ 0203 1989 972 for more info. Check out more bars and restaurants in London Bridge >>