Phantasmagorical is a supernatural spectacle of stories and magic, swirling with dark whimsy. A show of magic and mind-reading presented by Miss Sylvia Sceptre, at The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett. The audience is immersed into Sylvia’s world of spirits and macabre obsession with death and asked to question whether she has the gift of second sight or is it the Victorian affliction of hysteria? Is she half-crazed by laudanum or a magician conjuring spirits? Whatever you decide, you will have an intriguing experience to remember. This 60-minute show is engaging, fun and very different to a typical magic show. Storytelling, drama and magic combine to resonate long after the performance is over. Find out more
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The annual Valentine’s Day horror screening returns to the Old Operating Theatre. “Completely horrible” – Time Magazine. The British Board of Film Classification originally intended to ban ‘Mad Love’ (1935); a deranged inspection of Grand Guignol villainy. An accomplished but lustful surgeon (Peter Lorre in arguably his greatest performance) is driven to psychotic behaviour over his perverse obsession with an actress. A hugely successful example of 1930’s horror at its most unhinged and portentously Germanic, this tale of madness, murder, dismemberment and forced love is also a wicked, penetrative chunk of psychological study. The film will be preceded by an introduction by Gareth Miles. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Tickets: £12.00
Join Kirsty Chilton, assistant curator and museum researcher at The Old Operating Theatre, for a fascinating talk: The Fear of Being Buried Alive: A Georgian & Victorian Perspective Book tickets At a time when levels of consciousness were poorly understood, determining when someone was actually dead was an imperfect science. It still can be. The fear of being buried alive and of a desperate struggle to free yourself from your own grave was always present and retains it’s power today. This is a talk about some of the possible – and probable – incidences of people being buried alive or escaping from their own grave in the 18th and 19th century, and some ways to protect yourself from this fate… Doors will open at 6:30 PM. The talk will begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets: £12.00 *Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. Please, visit our Visiting Us page for further details on access.
Experience an exciting event in the attic of St Thomas’ Church in London Bridge: a secret concert in the oldest operating theatre in Europe. This month features Russell Swallow, an acoustic artist who calls on the classic grooves of James Bay, the storytelling of Tracey Chapman, and the ambience of Ry-X. Russell’s sound is brooding, confessional, indie. Tickets £20 Book here.
As part of The Old Operating Theatre’s ‘Life’ talks series, best-selling author Wendy Moore talks about her new book, The Mesmerist: the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound, which tells the story of Elliotson’s battle to spread the word about mesmerism – hypnotism as we know it today – in the face of furious opposition. When Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, a strange new idea wafted across the English Channel from France: mesmerism. Maverick physician John Elliotson, whot trained and worked at St Thomas’ and Guys Hospital, was the only British doctor to take mesmerism seriously. He staged demonstrations on his patients at University College Hospital which created sensational headlines but ultimately brought him disaster. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Book Tickets
While the classic combination of red roses and a champagne dinner is nothing to be sniffed at, some may say this tradition has had its day. For a little variety this Valentine’s, we’ve prepared our pick of counter conventional activities in London Bridge (partner optional!). Freaks (1932) at The Old Operating Theatre “Anyone who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital” said one contemporary review of this notorious film. Those searching for an alternative approach to romance this Valentine’s Day need look no further than this special screening of Freaks at The Old Operating Theatre. February 14th – 6.30PM | Book tickets Underground Cocktails at Nine Lives Hidden away in the Victorian basement of No.8 Holyrood St, this covert cocktail bar’s menu spreads the love with its ethically sourced and selected ingredients, great vibes and a soundtrack as sacred as its drinks. You might also like: The Hide – Almost all of The Hide’s extensive drinks menu is made up of ingredients brewed, distilled, fermented or compounded in London. Love Crochet with Katie Jones at the Fashion & Textile Museum Learning the basic crochet stitches, you will work on punched leather to create your very own heart-shaped patch which can be sewn on to any garment – perfect for covering a pesky hole or giving a brand new lease of life to your favourite piece! Led by luxury knitwear designer Katie Jones, this colourful 1.5-hour workshop will teach you the basics of crochet. February 16th | 11.30AM or 2PM Dinner off the beaten track at Melior St. With its laid-back vibes, you’d never guess this cosy little restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of London Bridge Station. Head Chef Matt Reuther sources the very best suppliers to create a fusion of tastes and interesting dishes, demonstrated perfectly in this 8 course Valentine’s taster menu. £50pp. Book here. P.S- London Bridge DealCard holders are entitled to 20% discount when you book a table for February 14th! You might also like: The Coal Shed – Tucked away in the new One Tower Bridge development, next to Potters Fields Park, this meat-fish & fire-centric haven is worth searching for! The specials board for the evening will feature sharing dishes to make your mouth-water. Book now. Put your love to the test at Vivat Bacchus Your love of wine and cheese, that is. Test your palate and rack your brain at Vivat Bacchus Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz. This South African restaurant boasts its very own cheese room and extensive wine cellar. These popular quiz nights are a Wine Club event favourite, so get a team together and book tickets (£10pp) to guarantee your spot.
Those searching for an alternative approach to romance this Valentine’s Day need look no further than this special screening of Freaks (1932) at The Old Operating Theatre. “Anyone who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital” said one contemporary review of this notorious film. The initial outrage over the use of people with genuine abnormalities overshadowed the film‘s real sympathies; if there are ‘freaks’ on display here, they are not the versatile circus performers to whom the title seems to allude. This tale of a ‘beautiful’ circus trapeze artist who conspires with her strongman lover to marry a dwarf for his money remain’s Hollywood’s boldest statement on the dichotomy between outer appearance and inner life. This event will be preceded by an introduction by Gareth Miles. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Book here
Trick or treat? With Halloween lurking just around the corner, we’ve rounded up our pick of frightfully fun ways to celebrate the spookiest night of the year in London Bridge… 1. Head to The View from The Shard for a special screening of Pyscho With the city below and the moon casting its light across the Shard, get ready for this special Halloween screening that’ll definitely be a scream! Visit the chilling Bates Motel with a cocktail in hand and unforgettable views of the capital. 31st October – 8pm admission, 9pm film starts BOOK HERE 2. Scare yourself senseless at Phobophobia, London Bridge Experience What happens if you find yourself falling in a dream? Should you hit the bottom, you’ll be lost in limbo forever… In the world-famous haunted site of London Tombs, winner of “the best horror attraction in the world”, scare-fans can journey through a terrifying labyrinth of horror for the ultimate hair-raising experience. 21st – 31st October, 10am – 5pm: All ages, 6pm – 10pm: Adults Only BOOK HERE 3. Sink your teeth into a screening of Dracula at The Old Operating Theatre Join The Old Operating Theatre on October 27th for a special Halloween screening of cult classic, Dracula. Filmed in lurid technicolour for the first time, Hammer’s sexually charged Gothic nightmare blew away the black and white cobwebs of all previous versions and, with dripping blood and bared fangs, reinvented the image of the Count… 27th October, 6.30PM – 9.30PM BOOK HERE 4. Have a hair-raising good time at The Miller’s Halloween House Party Expect house of horror installations, Stranger Things themed cocktails and film references a plenty at The Miller’s annual Halloween bash. Don’t forget your costume! October 28th, 7PM – late FREE ENTRY 5. Explore the gore at Science Gallery London’s Becoming Blood – Halloween Weekender Until Science Gallery London sets up permanent residence in London Bridge next year, their current exhibition BLOOD has found a temporary home at Peckham’s Copeland Gallery. Becoming Blood is an alternative Halloween weekender of free events, interactive installations and experiences, exploring the vital fluid inside us all. 28th – 29th October, From 2PM FREE ENTRY 6. Dare to dine at The LaLit London’s Drag-O-Ween celebration Dine at The LaLit London’s Baluchi restaurant by flickering candle light whilst enjoying the sounds of the freakily fabulous Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band. Formerly a grammar school, the old Great Hall is the ideal setting for a devilishly delicious meal.
Join The Old Operating Theatre on October 27th for a special Halloween screening of cult classic, Dracula. “One of the most revolting horror films I have seen in years.” (Daily Express review, 1958). Filmed in lurid technicolour for the first time, Hammer’s sexually charged Gothic nightmare blew away the black and white cobwebs of all previous versions and, with dripping blood and bared fangs, reinvented the image of the Count. Christopher Lee’s snarling, hissing portrayal became a model on how to transform a well-known character. His hot blooded animal instincts contrast brilliantly with Peter Cushing’s cool scientific rationalism in the role of Van Helsing. A watershed moment in the history of on-screen eroticism and gore, the film was key to the development of the horror film, sending shock waves through the decades that followed. It retains much of its bite today. This event will feature an introduction by Gareth Miles and the screening of the movie. Refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Book your tickets.