National Poetry Day 2018 takes place on Thursday 4 October 2018 and the theme is Change. Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. In London Bridge we’ll have 10 highly regarded, exciting poets reciting original works 4-5pm, and 6-7pm at the station beside the ticket office on the lower concourse. 4.00pm Paul Lyalls 4.15pm Shade Joseph 4.25pm Gabriel Jones 4.35pm Jemilea Wisdom-Baako 4.45pm Mr Gee 6.00pm Cecilia Knapp 6.15pm Rue Gumbochuma 6.25pm Bella Cox 6.35pm Eleanor Penny 6.45pm Bridget Minamore Come and be inspired. You can post your favourite lines from poems using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay Find the full programme at @PoetryDayUK and nationalpoetryday.co.uk
It all began in 1993 with a small shop in West London, selling car boot finds and vintage fabric. Cath soon began to design and produce her own prints and products, giving vintage inspiration a modern twist, eventually becoming known for her signature prints with a hint of nostalgia. 20 years later, the brand now sells all over the world. As the home of modern vintage, their mission remains the same: to make cheerful, practical products that bring a smile to your face and brighten your day! As part of London Bridge Station’s major redevelopment, Cath Kidston will join over 70 new shops, bars and restaurants, bringing a welcome boost to the area’s retail offer.
It’s finally here! London Bridge station fully reopened on January 2nd after a major redevelopment which began in the spring of 2013. Network Rail has unveiled the final section of the new concourse at London Bridge, as well as the new entrance to the station on Tooley Street and the final five platforms at the station. The Thameslink Programme team has delivered the Station project on time and will be completing their work in London Bridge during 2018. 5 new platforms from above. Photo from londonist.com What we get from the new London Bridge Station • A spacious 12,000msq station with a concourse the size of the pitch at Wembley • Better access to London Bridge City and the riverside from the striking new entrance and pedestrian crossing on Tooley Street • Improved north-south links through the station between St Thomas Street and Tooley Street • Two new retail units in the main concourse in January, over 70 more by the end of 2018 • A more spacious route to the Tube through the Western Arcade, under the impressive arches • Newly constructed platforms 1 – 5 open for the first time Service changes at London Bridge The New Year at London Bridge started with a new timetable in operation for all train operators and Southeastern’s Cannon Street services made a welcome return to platforms 1, 2 and 3 at London Bridge. Please check before you travel. From May 2018, Thameslink services will return through London Bridge for the first time in over three years, serving a range of new destinations. Looking ahead The countdown to completion of the transformation at London Bridge now begins. While the majority of the work has now taken place, there are still some jobs to do in the station and on the tracks, but this work will be finished during evenings and weekends, rather than on working days. Full completion of the station is due in May 2018 and the new retailers in the Western Arcade will be open for October 2018. Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge CEO said, “Team London Bridge and our business community has long supported the redevelopment of London Bridge station and are delighted with the results. The station is a stunning piece of architecture in its own right and the Thameslink Programme in London Bridge has been managed extremely well under often challenging circumstances. The Network Rail, Costain and Thameslink project teams have become part of our community over the past six years and we look forward from benefitting from the new retailers, public spaces, rail connections and capacity that the opening of the new station brings.” For more details see thameslinkprogramme.co.uk
Join Team London Bridge for an exclusive secret station tour before the grand opening of London Bridge station led by one of the project managers. This is a unique opportunity to see Europe’s largest concourse before it opens to the public in 2018. Works are still taking place, as the project is approaching its final stages and everything is starting to take shape. A must-go event for anyone who has an interest in out of the ordinary engineering combined with heritage. There tours will take place on the 20th and 27th July, at 9AM. Meet at London Bridge Hive, 1 Melior Place SE1 3SZ – just round the corner from where the tour will start. Click here to book your free place.