The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to Potters Fields Park for 2018, bringing the most authentic street food, drinks and culture to the iconic riverside location. Sample traditional and new flavours from across the continent with delicacies from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and more! Regulars like Café Pacifico, Guasacaca, Porteña, Smokoloko and Brazilian Churros will be back along with some exciting new faces: Cuban Box, Old El Paso, Salshipapa and Manioca… and you can wash it all down with the best Margarita in London. Comida Fest also promises a sizzling cultural line up of Latin American music and dancers. You’ll also get the chance to shake the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba There’ll also be plenty of family friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. Find out more
Join the worldwide celebration of music on June 21! Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public. London-based Kinetika Bloco will lead a carnival-style procession from the north side of the Thames starting at 6:00pm, across London Bridge, and then weaving through the More London Estate – before arriving for a final performance as part of our programming at The Scoop. Along the way they will be joined by other brass-lead ensembles from London and there will be yet more music from these bands on Potters Fields park at the end of the procession. This is the London flagship event that is organised by the national coordinating group Make Music Day UK. For the third year in a row there will be an evening concert centred around The Scoop (pictured above) – an amphitheatre dug into the side of City Hall on the south embankment of the Thames, which overlooks Tower Bridge, featuring a diverse lineup of live music featuring: THE GREAT MALARKEY, SAMBA SISTERS COLLECTIVE, a BRASS BAND JAM and CARMEN MON OXIDE More acts TBC… #MakeMusicDayUK @MakeMusicDayUK Make Music Day UK is headed by Making Music, Music for All and media partner Classic FM on behalf of an alliance of over sixty organisations from the music sector, with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, NAMM Foundation and Music Sales. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.
London Bridge City’s Summer by the River is set to return to the banks of the Thames this June with a 3 month long line-up promising an exciting array of events and entertainment. Stretching along the riverside from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, the free English country garden themed festival will play host to music performances, live comedy, outdoor cinema screenings and much more, with each day of the week based around a different theme. Monday – Fitness Tuesday – Film Night, outdoor cinema Wednesday – Comedy Thursday – Music Friday – FriYay! All singing all dancing interactive events Saturday – Family Day Sunday – World Music The festival will be teaming up with local culinary masters at Flat Iron Square and Look Mum No Hands to offer some of the capital’s finest street food pop-ups, serving up a rotating selection of delicious food and drink. Click here for the full line up
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this May in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern | Fashion Textile Museum | Opens 25th May Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Book Tickets Nightfall | Bridge Theatre | 1st– 26th May How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times Book Tickets London Pizza Festival | Borough Market | 20th May The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. There’s six pop up pizzerias to choose from and you can wash it all down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website. Days of Poland Festival | Potters Fields Park | 6th May Join in the fun at Potters Fields Park this weekend as the biggest Polish Festival in the UK returns to London. This family friendly festival will introduce Londoners and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. FREE event. More in May 4th- 20th May – A Solo Exhibition by Sculptor Ray Readdy – The Underdog Gallery 5th May – Open Studio – Eames Fine Art 8th May – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 10th May – Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London 12th May – Noisepicker Album Launch – The Underdog Gallery Until 13th May – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 14th May – Marvellous Malbec Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th May – The Book People at Cottons and No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 18th May – Jenny Chandler in Borough Market Demo Kitchen – Borough Market 19th May – Magnificent Machines – Tower Bridge 19th May – Music Weekender – Retribution Alive – The Underdog Gallery 20th May – London Pizza Festival – Borough Market 21st – 25th May – VB’s Annual South African Wine Festival – Vivat Bacchus 22nd May – Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – WSET School London 27th May – Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre 29th – 30th May – What are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Shake Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement 2 day Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Free Family Activities – Jumping Buses (London History Day) – Tower Bridge Throughout May Beatriz Milhazes – Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre Bridge House States Exhibition – Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – Tower Bridge Family Experience – The View from The Shard Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market
Join The View from The Shard at their next Silent Disco in association with Time Out London on April 28th. Grab a drink from the bar, pop on a set of headphones and dance the night away at incredible heights! Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, whilst you admire the sweeping panoramas of London at your feet! Book online to avoid disappointment.
What is it like to be a young person today? 9 musicians aged 16 – 21 join fearless performance artist Kim Noble in a live-radio show that explores how we discover ourselves through music. Using original music, honest conversations and surprising on-air phone calls, Wild Life FM might just be one of the most unusual and exciting live performances you will see this year. Part gig, part play, don’t miss it. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/WildLifeFM Exclusive DealCard Offer: £5 Tickets Use promo code WLFM5 to get £5 tickets for 7pm performances on 17, 18, 19, 20 Jan, and 2pm on 20 Jan. Duration: 1 hour 10 mins. Head to the foyer before and after for free live music and a 3 for 2 offer on local craft beer.
Check out the array of events and activities taking place this November in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Gilbert and George – White Cube Bermondsey – From November 22nd White Cube celebrates 50 years of the art of Gilbert & George with a new exhibition across all four galleries at Bermondsey. THE BEARD PICTURES go on show alongside THE FUCKOSOPHY, a collection of nearly 4000 pronouncements and mottoes created by the artists. FREE | whitecube.com London Bridge Community Christmas Carols – Potters Fields Park (by City Hall) – 30th November, 4.30PM Join the children of Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools along with volunteers from local businesses on November 30th, as they carol their way from City Hall, Potters Fields Park along to Hay’s Galleria. Christmas lights will be switched on at both locations with special guest, the Mayor of Southwark kicking off the evening. Plus, there’ll be an appearance from the Snow King and Queen and festive treats at the end of the service. FREE | atlondonbridge.com Courtney Pine featuring Omar + Nikki Yeoh – Bridge Theatre – 13 November, 7:30pm Following their sold-out Barbican show in March, the return of this new project which sees two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, and performing new material together for the first time at the Bridge Theatre. Tickets start at £15 | bridgetheatre.co.uk The Velveteen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre – From 17th November This heart-warming story returns to the Unicorn Theatre for the festive period. This very shy toy rabbit longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… Tickets £12 | unicorntheare.com LoveBorough@Christmas: Edible Gifts with Alissa Timoshkina – Borough Market – November 19th, 12.30PM It’s party time at Demo Kitchen this week as Alissa Timoshkina enlightens us with gift ideas that all the family can get involved in making. Join Alissa as she draws on her Russian heritage to create some unusual and delicious presents that will keep until Christmas. FREE | boroughmarket.org.uk MORE EVENTS 10th November – Young Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – The Bridge Theatre Until 12th November – Laika – The Unicorn Theatre From 17th November – Vandal with Care – The Underdog Gallery 18th November – Southwark Sleepout – Borough Market 20th November – Barolo Wine Tasting Dinner with Prunotto – Aqua Shard 21st November – Dinner with Balvenie – Oblix West 23rd November – Post War Fashion Illustration – Fashion & Textile Museum 23rd November – Film Night: The Abominable Dr Phibes – The Old Operating Theatre 23d November – A Very Texan Thanksgiving – Texas Joe’s 27th November – Boozy Cheese Night – Vivat Bacchus 30th November – Vintage Costume Jewelery – Fashion & Textile Museum Every Thursday – Live Music & DJs – Oblix West Every Wednesday – Tricia Noëlle’s Wreath Making Workshop – Le Pain Quotidien Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Throughout November – Louise Dahl Wolf – A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum
Following their sold-out Barbican show in March, the return of this new project which sees two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, and performing new material together for the first time at the Bridge Theatre. No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in British jazz over the past thirty years than jazz-giant, saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the scene and he continues to break new ground. In this programme, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established an instantly recognisable sound, has since earned widespread critical acclaim and collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone. Courtney Pine presented Nikki Yeoh with the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the Jazz FM Awards, and now he’s delighted to invite her to open this concert with a special solo set. Part of the Bridge Theatre’s Monday Nights programme, Tickets £39.50, £25, £15
Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber at Tower Bridge, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space with a brand new programme as part of Totally Thames 2017. This year’s concerts showcase three major new works, alongside commissioned spoken word performances, and an immersive sound walk exploring London’s greatest hidden space. Click here for more details and booking. The programme includes a contemporary response to Handel’s Water Music by Langham Research Centre, 300 years after Handel’s famous work was premiered on the Thames. This ground-breaking new piece will see the group ‘play’ the sound of the Bridge’s river and road traffic live, using hydrophones in the river and contact microphones on Tower Bridge itself. Clarinettist Kate Romano will perform alongside Langham Research Centre in a new composition for oscillators and clarinet. Kate will also perform Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint a rhythmically intricate work by the American composer. Award-winning Franco-Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi will perform a new work in the Bridge’s Accumulator Chamber, imagining the conversations happening on board boats carrying immigrants. Plus poet Kayo Chingonyi will create and perform new spoken word for this unique space. Kayo has received the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and was shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize. His new collection Kumkanda is out now. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. South Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP Suitable for ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
This August, head to the Skydeck bar at the top of The Shard to kick start to you weekend in style! A bespoke line up of DJs and musicians will provide the ultimate soundtrack to your Friday night as you take in the dramatic sunset views of London with a drink from the ultimate rooftop bar. Sundowners will feel the energy rise as the DJ takes you on a musical journey accompanied by live musicians on percussion, violin or saxophone. You’ll also get FREE cocktail with your ticket so you can celebrate the start of the weekend as you enjoy the live music!