Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s two most infamous and iconic plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet – at one of London’s most historic pubs. The Three Inch Fools will perform at historic London Bridge pub: The George Inn (just down the road from Shakespeare’s local, The Globe!). The George Inn is London’s last remaining galleried inn; its cobbled courtyard making a unique backdrop for this infamous and iconic duo of plays. The Fools will perform for four nights only in September (8, 9, 15 and 16th). Dates and shows: 8 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9 September – Hamlet 15 September – Hamlet 16 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Book tickets
Come and join the heart-warming sounds of over 400 primary school children singing as one. Kids’ Choir is a Thames Festival Trust project that works in schools from all across London to develop their creative and performance skills and then come together for a high quality choral performance. Led by Richard Frostick, one of the UK’s finest singing leaders, Artistic Director of the British Council’s World Voice programme and founder of the Music Centre, the children will join forces to delight audiences and perform a fantastic collection of songs at the Scoop. The children will sing a broad selection of songs about the weather, environment and will travel via Benin and Cameroon as they take the audience on a musical journey. This event is part of the Totally Thames 2018 programme.
Now in its fourth year, BBC Music Day returns on the 28th September to celebrate the power of music to change lives. This pan-BBC initiative features live music events and performances across the UK involving famous musicians, choirs and local community music groups. London Bridge will be one of the train stations collaborating with the BBC to entertain commuters with pop-up performances and surprises, including announcements from Kylie Minogue.
This August The View from The Shard are quite literally taking music to new heights with their first ever Summer of Music, 800ft above the city! Throughout the month an array of artists will be performing at the top of the iconic structure, with the goal of raising the roof in London’s highest riser. Catch performances from the likes of the Hoosiers, Artful Dodger and DJ Pied Piper. Check out the full line up *Over 18s ONLY, proof of age may be required. Tickets are subject to availability. All attendees are subject to be screened and searched, as part of the building policy.
Come aboard the Dixie Queen to join Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party as we sail down the Thames… What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop’s past, present and future? Come find out at Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party…a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs. Specifically curated for the Totally Thames, this event features Laurie Bolger, Anthony Anaxagorou, Danielle Dash, Tyrone Lewis, Ella Frears, Al The Native, Michelle Tiwo, Ross Sutherland, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams. The R.A.P Party has been at the Southbank Centre, Rich Mix, Shoreditch House, Dublin International Literature Festival, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Brighton Dome to name a few. Essential Information The boat will return to Tower Millennium Pier If you have access requirements please contact Totally Thames by email here or call 020 7928 8998.
Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space at Tower Bridge with a brand new programme. Featuring newly commissioned vocal works performed by the Marian Consort, a dynamic internationally-renowned young early music vocal ensemble, recognised for their fresh approach and innovative presentation. The Marian Consort will perform classic renaissance pieces, some exploring the phenomenon of voice-hearing. There will also be new site-specific music, alongside specially-commissioned spoken word performances from Rae Levine; plus celebrated tabla player Kuljit Bhamra MBE will perform an exclusive solo set. The Bascule Chamber houses Tower Bridge’s huge counterweights during lifting. When the bridge is at rest, this dramatic brick-lined space stands empty. These unmissable, atmospheric concerts provide a unique way of experiencing one of Victorian engineering’s greatest feats. Book here Essential information Please note performances are subject to change upto 24 hours before due to the working nature of Tower Bridge. Ensure you have read the full terms & conditions before booking. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
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