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.
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Julius Ceasar – The Bridge Theatre – Opens January 20th Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will be in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake Tickets from £15 An Evening with Revival Retro – Fashion & Textile Museum – January 18th Join the Fashion & Textile Museum for the last Thursday late of Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own. The Revival Retro Boutique specialises in modern reproductions and reinterpretations of early 20th century fashions. Their models will be showcasing a selection of 1930s, 40s and 50s vintage inspired clothing during the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion in your very best vintage attire. Shop your look ahead of time: www.revival-retro.com Free event with exhibition entry (£9.90) Dry January – Vivat Bacchus Style! – Vivat Bacchus – 15th January Join Vivat Bacchus as we taste a selection of lighter, dry wines that still do the job! Taste their very own VB Chenin Blanc, Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Graham Beck Brut NV, Parallel 45 Grenache Syrah and more. Price £10pp (January offer: £5 discount on usual price) To book e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7234 0891 Woodcuts from Wonderland – Eames Fine Art – 11th -28th January View the original iconic woodcut illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel. This intimate exhibition hosted by Eames Fine Art Gallery showcases designs created in the 1860’s, which the Brothers Daziel went on to translate into wood engravings. Tenniel went on to receive a knighthood in 1893. Contact to request tickets More January Events 5th January – Pocket Jukebox ft Tabitha Gazele & Jasmine Duxbury – Oblix East 9th January – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 12th – 20th January – Wild Life FM – Unicorn Theatre 26th January – Brighton Rocks with Michael Bremner – The Coal Shed 29th January – Cheese at London Bridge – Vivat Bacchus 31st January – Gastrotours: A Taste of Borough Market – Borough Market From 22nd January – Burns Night at The Horniman at Hays – Horniman at Hays From 26th January – Seesaw – Unicorn Theatre Until January 13th – The Arborealists- The Art of Trees 2017 – Art Bermondsey Project Space Until January 28th – Gilbert & George, The Beard Pictures and their Fuckosophy – White Cube Until January 21st – Louise Dahl-Wolfe A Style of Her Own – Fashion & Textile Museum Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market Throughout January – 50% food at The Coal Shed – The Coal Shed Throughout January – The UK’s Highest Virtual Reality Experience – The View From The Shard
London is undoubtably one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with revellers gathering from all over the globe to see out the year gone by in a flurry of fireworks and festivities. London Bridge is no exception; whether you’re looking to dine the night away or dance ’til dawn, here’s our pick of parties to suit all tastes. 1. Start 2017 on a high at The View from The Shard The View from The Shard has all the ingredients for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve experience. Take in panoramic views of the city’s festivities playing out below, as you sip champagne from the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve party on levels 69 and 72 include a welcome cocktail, a live set from DJ Santero, a glass of champagne to toast in the New Year and a goody bag. £199 per person, available to book here 2. Party off the beaten track with Nine Lives If delicious cocktails, good company and dancing are your thing, head down to Nine Lives basement paradise. DJs High Fashion Technique will take you on a deep delve into their record bags, bringing you the ultimate soundtrack to see 2017 out with a bang. £10 per person. Tickets here. 3. Jive into the wee hours at Village East’s Prohibition Party Think gangsters, flapper dresses, feather bowers and braces, but most importantly, a one of a kind location for the most happening speakeasy in town. Guests will be suitably wined and dined before entering the lounge for cocktails, dancing and more cocktails. £55 per person. Book here 4. Dine in style at The Coal Shed The Coal Shed will be serving an a la Carte menu, with their famous sharing 35 day aged steaks and South coast fish. The bar will be serving special cocktails, with experts on hand to help you choose the perfect bottle of wine. Each booking will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne or OTB Cocktail. Book your table here. 5. oblix at The Shard oblix will be treating diners to celebratory canapés and a four course menu, specially designed by executive chef, Marcus Eaves. The meal will be accompanied by champagne and wine pairings, flowing throughout the evening. With views of the capital providing a stunning backdrop, guests will be welcomed into oblix west to enjoy the fireworks display, before moving across to the oblix east, where a live band and dj will keep the party going until the small hours. £450 per person. Booking details here
The Shard has unveiled London Bridge station’s first ever digital Christmas tree. Inspired by the Shard Lights display, the tree reveals some of the patterns you’ll be able to spot above The Shard on the lead up to New Year’s Eve. Situated on the lower London Bridge station concourse, the tree stands at 18ft tall and is made up of 26 digital screens. The tree took three months to design and build, and is the first of its kind to be placed in the station. “London Bridge station is the fourth busiest in the UK, and an important hub for The Shard occupiers and visitors. We hope the tree inspires both commuters and visitors to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of London over the festive period – and look at up at the city skyline to enjoy Western Europe’s highest light show – Shard Lights.” – Michael Baker, CEO of REM, asset manager for The Shard Over four million commuters are set to pass by it on their way to and from work, with travellers encouraged to take pictures of the Shard Lights installation and share using #ShardLights. The tree will be at London Bridge station from 1st-22nd December 2017.
Shard Lights is a show full of colour and sparkles. This December, the night sky around The Shard will be illuminated with a mesmerising pattern every 15 minutes, and each hour will be marked with a dazzling display. Leading to a crescendo at midnight, Shard Lights creates a visual timepiece for the capital. If you capture a photo on your camera or phone, enter the #ShardLights competition for a chance to win photography equipment and some incredible experiences at The View from The Shard, aqua shard and oblix east. There’s a different colour to capture each day. Counting down to the start of 2018, see a unique white display on New Year’s Eve before the final colour display from when the clock strikes midnight to dawn on New Year’s Day.
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.
Check out highlights from the array of events and activities taking place this September in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Totally Thames Festival – Throughout September – Riverside Each year, Totally Thames brings London’s river to life throughout the month of September with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events. The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. The season includes an exhibition following the living history of London’s boatyards, documented as part of the Working River project. Telling the stories of boat builders from Teddington to the Thames Barrier, the project has recorded the working lives of these boatyards, their history and their legacy for the river today. Chinese Food Festival at Potters Fields Park | 8th – 10th September | FREE Now in its third year, the Chinese Food Festival will return to Potters Fields Park at the foot of Tower Bridge between 8 – 10 September. The festival will feature a food fair, cooking masterclass area and discovery journey. The food fair will see over 20 food stalls offering authentic dishes including Sheng Jian Bao, Chongqing Noodles, Taiwanese fried chicken and traditional soup from Henan. Bermondsey Street Festival | 16th September – FREE The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food, drink and fashion to the infamous annual dog show… Pop-up Cinema at The View from The Shard | 18th September – £35 The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show returns to The View from The Shard to continue their ‘Extraordinary’ season of films at over 800 ft above London, the UK’s Highest Cinema. Their September screening will be a late night viewing of The Big Lebowski. Dressing up as the Dude is encouraged and there’ll be an opportunity to order an Espresso Martini and macaroon pairing during the interval. Tea Total at The Courage Yard As part of Totally Thames festival, Courage Yard is putting on a one day event celebrating Britain’s intimate love affair with our favourite beverage. A range of workshops from Tea Blending to Tea Cocktails are on offer, alongside a super zen Tea Ceremony to raise your fan status to solid tea connoisseur. Plus expect award-winning street food, an artisan tea-themed market, live DJ set by The Roustabouts and swing dancing lessons by Swing Patrol to do the Tea Dance justice. For more riverside fun this September check out the One Big Summer Guide 2017. Read online or download.
The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show returns to The View from The Shard to continue their ‘Extraordinary’ season of films at over 800 ft above London, the UK’s Highest Cinema. The audience can enjoy a complimentary Grey Goose Vodka® cocktail whilst taking in 360-degree views of London before the films start. Casablanca – 22nd November Casablanca – the undisputed masterpiece and quintessential statement on love and romance. The film has only improved with age, with career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Now experience it on the big screen while enjoying the best and most romantic views of London. Book now.
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!
Check out highlights from the array of events and activities taking place this August in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Virtual Reality Experience | The View from The Shard | Throughout August This summer, The View from The Shard are introducing two new exhilarating Virtual Reality experiences on their open-air Skydeck. For a limited time, you’ll be able to test your balance on ‘Vertigo’ or enjoy the thrill of ‘The Slide’ travelling at up to 100 miles per hour… if you dare! The Science Gallery London: BLOOD | Various Locations in London Bridge | Throughout August The Science Gallery’s new season, BLOOD: Life Uncut features installations in three different venues around London Bridge that will reveal the essential, expressive and the visceral nature of blood, by telling personal and provocative stories of this vital, life-affirming fluid that connects us all. Comida Fest | Potters Fields Park | 12th & 13th August | FREE The first all Latin American street food festival in London comes to Potters Fields Park for the first time in 2017. Comida Fest’s team of curators have sourced out the best of Latin American street traders in London. FREE ENTRY with the best food and drinks, loads of kids and families activities, drinks masterclasses, dance workshops, bands and DJs! London Bridge City Summer Festival: Theatre Season | The Scoop | 9th August – 3rd September For the 14th season of award-winning, free, open-air theatre at The Scoop, Gods and Monsters present an epic, action packed production of one of the world’s greatest adventure stories, THE ODYSSEY. Family Tours of Tower Bridge | Tower Bridge Exhibition | Throughout August Tower Bridge are offering something extra for families this summer with their fun and interactive family tours. Tours will be running on Tuesday mornings throughout the school holidays and will help families discover more about the history of Tower Bridge and how it works. Run by experienced members of the learning team, tours are designed for children age 6 to 14. Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August Draw like a Designer @ Fashion & Textile Museum | Wednesday 16 August | 11:30am and 2pm This is a beginner’s step-by-step guide to drawing like a fashion designer. Learn how to create a fashion template or croquis, including fashion proportions and how to turn a stick figure into a full figure. Take inspiration from the current exhibition and start to develop your own collection, including complete outfits and seasonal looks. Suitable for ages 12+ Baby Show | Unicorn Theatre | Until August 19th Baby Show is a sensory performance with captivating images and intriguing sounds that will keep your little ones rapt. This brand new show is a great first trip to theatre for the really young. For more riverside fun this summer check out the One Big Summer Guide 2017. Read online or download.