It’s been a long, hard winter, but better times are coming as Summer by the River returns to London Bridge City. Starting on 30 May 2022, it promises to revive weary workers, tourists and locals alike with three months of free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Running until 2 September, this year’s festival is bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier. At The Scoop, Art Deco inspired pop-up bar, The Riverside Terrace, will offer a little slice of South Beach complete with empanadas and piña coladas, while over at The Pier, Taqueria Garcia is bringing the heat with tacos and tequila. London’s largest free festival will celebrate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance), Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island), BBC Introducing (showcasing unsigned artists), Folk and Roots Stage (spotlighting grassroots music talent), Bunker (commissioned for the festival to bring to life WWII stories from local Southwark residents) and Swing Patrol (the well-known dance troupe). The opening week of the festival coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. London Bridge City is one of the Beacon locations, with its ceremonial lighting on Thursday kicking off proceedings. Over four days, the big screen in The Scoop will air all the official celebrations. Set against a backdrop of historic royal buildings, with entertainment including the Tower Ravens Rapper Sword Dancers, Lewis-Merthr brass band and a tea dance led by Swing Patrol, Summer By The River is the perfect place to mark the milestone. Heading into July, the festival will embrace another British institution – Wimbledon – with the screen in The Scoop showing all of the key matches. This is Summer by the River 2022… and you don’t want to miss a beat.
The Enchanted Cinema: Animated Journeys invites you to help two musicians create live FX to award-winning international animation. “It’s just so unique and in a world of CGI and flashy 3D animation, the beautiful, textual, thought provoking world you opened the children up to is very special and memorable.” (Róisín – audience/ participant) Kieron & Gareth will invite you to the front of the Scoop stage to present the sound FX you’ve brought – a forest growing, an ocean, gnashing teeth, a flying horse, a penguin, an owl and a snail (what does a snail sound like, you may ask) – to bring to life the programme of hand-crafted animation from as early as 1926 (as old as the Queen!). Don’t worry if you don’t have an FX instrument to hand, as you have the best FX maker inside you – your voice! 1pm – 2.10pm FREE
A weekend of fun and adventure FREE Where: Potters Fields Park, 189 Tooley Street, SE1 2UD. Start at the Festival Info tent on the lawn outside the Bridge Theatre to begin your adventure Recommended age: All ages, especially 5 – 12 years and their adults Summer is almost here, and Team London Bridge is looking forward to bringing a weekend of family fun to Potters Fields Park, and it’s all free to join in. Whether you enjoy great shows, like to get hands-on with workshops or love to explore with guided adventures, there will be plenty to entertain you across two days dedicated to children and their families. Here’s a snapshot of a weekend you won’t want to miss: Plot 17 – Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka, AKA The Green Man and his DJ, Conrad Kira with their mobile block party as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. Times: 23 and 24 July, shows at 12.00 and 15.00 Booking available Midsummerland – Plug your headphones in, grab your partner and set off on an extraordinary adventure where a magical midsummer festival is in full swing. Using their trademark mix of comedy, dance and theatre, Anatomical take you on an interactive journey of the imagination. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 Booking available Poetry Takeaway – Would you like a new poem that’s all about you? Come and meet our brilliant poet chefs at this mobile poetry emporium and watch the magic unfold. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Booking not required. Please note Poetry Takeaway has specific opening times. Commissioned by Tate Early Years & Families, supported by Imaginate No booking required. Just turn up. The Tallest Created by Mamoru Iriguchi with Robbie Synge and Hannah Venet Collect your special cloak and become a Tallestian to experience the world from up high. Come and roam around the park with your parent/guardian and discover what you can see in the wondrous green canopy. The Tallest is a participatory interactive activity where children (3yrs+) and adults work together to create Tallestians, very tall children. It simply invites a child to sit on their parent/guardian’s shoulders, then wraps them with a specially designed cloak (don’t worry, grownups, you can still see through the cape!). Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Dogs of London – Dogs of London is a celebration of the community around the dogs and dog owners of London, and the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care. Artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari spent last summer talking to people in the parks and streets of London about their dogs. The recorded conversations were mixed with the profoundly beautiful music of composer Lewis Gibson, to create Dogs of London – a soundscape to watch dogs play by in your own local park. We invite you to put on your headphones, press play, and let the everyday act of dog walking be transformed into something poetic and playful. Commissioned by LIFT and Artsadmin and supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 11.00 – 17.00 Attack of the Wolf Dogs – London Bridge’s famous family venue the Unicorn takes you on an imaginative and interactive audio adventure to save the city. You’ll need to sneak past frightening Wolfdogs, listen out for the Bears and get ready to battle the Shapeshifters. Created by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari with Nicola T. Chang. Times: 23 – 24 July 11.00 – 17.00 Booking not required. Attack of the Wolf Dogs is an online experience – available to download at all times. You will need to bring headphones and a mobile phone to enjoy this show. The Enchanted Cinema – invite you to create a live score to award-winning international film animations alongside versatile musicians from The Cabinet of living Cinema. Times: Sat 23 July 13.00 – 14.10 Booking not required. Performance at The Scoop Rock n Roll Nature Revelation – join vaudevillian upstarts Timberlina and Dan de la Motte for a musical scavenger hunt to find the intricate patterns and designs in the natural world around us. This silly yet entirely informative show uses impromptu interpretative dance, spontaneous social exploration and song to discover the delicate balance, especially where Mother Nature meets Father Fabrication in our local urban surroundings. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00 Booking available Explosion of Colour Walk –art historian Shauna Isaac, takes you on an exploration of the amazing colourful art dotted around London Bridge. Times: 23 and 24 July 14.00 Booking available Let’s Look at Art – if you enjoy photography and drawing, come along to this practical workshop with local artist Kay Walsh. Times: 23 and 24 July 12.00 Booking available London Bridge Discovery Tour – join our Blue Badge Guide Alan Read and find out the stories and the secrets behind the vibrant city we have today. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00 and 13.00 Booking available Family Dayz is commissioned and produced by Team London Bridge with Potters Fields Park Management Trust and London Bridge City.
Ciderdog returns to London Bridge this July for its seventh year. Held in The Miller pub’s outside bar, Ciderdog features a staggering 100+ British ciders & perries on tap. Every taste is catered for — from super sweet to dry, cloudy scrumpy, single varieties and blends. Expect award winners, special one-off collaborations, and cider mixed with everything from passionfruit and blueberry, to chilli and ginger. This year Ciderdog taps will showcase quality and innovation from emerging small batch cider makers. Enjoy ping pong, garden games and tasty South American street food from Que Padre while you soak up the sunshine and discover your new favourite ciders. FREE ENTRY
Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a pink hue in an ice-cold glass on a sunny day. Amidst a very un-British stint of sunshine in the capital, Rosé is officially having a moment. We speak to our Bermondsey Street neighbours at WSET School London for expert advice on picking the perfect bottle for your palate… Pink wine with its flavours of summer berries has always been a seasonal favourite and there are a multitude of styles available. Most Rosé wine is designed to be drunk when young fresh and fruity. What is in the shops now is ready to drink and not to be kept. Rosé wine should be chilled to around 7-10?c the same as a light white wine, this makes it the perfect temperature in this summer heat, don’t forget to keep it cool with the use of an ice bucket or a sleeve that you can keep in the freezer. There are different styles of Rosé for all palates, however all show lovely red fruit flavours such as strawberry, raspberry and red cherries. There are the more medium sweet styles like White Zinfandel from California which are very easy to drink and very easily available commercially, these will also tend to taste a bit of melon and candyfloss too! For another slightly less sweet style there are Rosé wines from the Loire Valley in France such as Cabernet d’Anjou which has very expressive fruit character and extremely refreshing acidity, this wine would pair well with a summer spicy dish, such as some chili and garlic prawns. For dryer styles you can look to Southern France and Navarra and Rioja in Northern Spain. The pale pink wines from Provence in the South of France are delicate, floral and fruity and can easily be drunk as an aperitif or just to while away a summer afternoon. For a bigger food Rosé, Tavel wines in the Southern Rhone are deep pink ripe red berry delights that would pair perfectly with grilled vegetables or oily fish such as salmon or tuna. For a fun bit of Rosé fizz look no further than Cava in Spain where they produce very affordable fresh, lively red fruit sparkles from the local black grape varieties. For dry styles of Cava check for Brut on the label and Demi-Sec for sweeter styles. WSET Certified Educator, Lauren Denyer – #AtLondonBridge Recommends Whether you’re dreaming of alfresco or air conditioning, these London Bridge bars offer a great selection of wines: BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen Londrino Prosecco House The Rose Vivat Bacchus The Ivy Tower Bridge
All hands on deck! The whole family is invited to take part to help keep the iconic warship, HMS Belfast, in tip-top condition. Ship Shape Saturdays will be led by our expert conservator, where visitors can drop in and learn what it takes to preserve HMS Belfast, IWM’s largest museum object, then put their learning into practice as they work through specially-assigned tasks searching for hungry insect pests, restoring the ship’s original fittings and furniture, and caring for fabrics with specialised tools. 28th July to 25th August Every Saturday, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
Introducing… The One Big Summer Guide 2017! This little gem is full of inspiration to help you discover London’s cultural riverside with an extensive range of events in London Bridge, Bankside, South Bank, Waterloo and Vauxhall. Check out our monthly event listings for July to September and stumble upon the latest exhibitions, theatre productions and top foodie hangouts. Whether you’re here for the weekend or just the day, also take a look at the EXPLORE sections for each of the five riverside locations. Featuring some of London’s most well-loved landmarks along the Thames, to plenty of hidden gems, find out what makes each location so distinct…
London Bridge Open Kitchen returned in June with a glittering line up of traders celebrating the area’s vibrant eating and drinking scene. Local restaurants served up their culinary delights street-food-style on St Thomas Street for one evening only. Below the gaze of The Shard the chefs, distillers and pubs from the London Bridge area put together exquisite dishes and cocktails especially for the occasion, while craft ales from local brewers were served chilled to the thirsty crowd. Aqua Shard, Hawksmoor, Hutong, Texas Joe’s, Savannah, Bob’s Lobster, Fourpure, The Hide, Hiver Beer, Constancia and more all took advantage of the opportunity to set up stall along this beautiful arch-lined avenue, while free live music and food making workshops entertained over 2,000 people beside the new London Bridge station. Judging by the requests to make Open Kitchen a regular feature on St Thomas Street we can only judge it to have been hugely successful! Team London Bridge and our partners will be looking into how we can bring more excitement and local culture to the street in the future. Watch this space! If you missed out on the event then you can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook for recipes from #LBOK17 traders and more. London Bridge Open Kitchen evening was part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. Check out more photos of the event on Facebook.