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10% off unique event spaces with TOG

Published on 26th October 2018

TOG has over 200 events a year, as well as a team of event designers to help tailor your perfect event. All their venues are in brilliant locations with stunning views, including iconic London Bridge landmark, The Shard. Host your Summer party, Christmas party, away day, award ceremony, birthday, drinks reception, networking event, speaker presentation, meeting or launch party at one of their spectacular venues. Event spaces/ Meeting Rooms TOG is offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% on all events and meeting room bookings. 

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Liven up your senses in London Bridge

Published on 05th October 2018

Summer might be over, but that’s no excuse to hide away indoors! As the old saying goes, if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life – and there’s no better place to fall in love with the capital all over again than London Bridge. This small but perfectly formed historical neighbourhood on the Thames is worth exploring especially if you suffer from “been there, done that” with other parts of the city. We’re going to fix that for you, by livening up your senses… Get moving Silent Disco and Time Out have partnered to bring you a unique way to experience London at night. Ever go to a club and think, this DJ isn’t really doing it for me, I want to check out a different room, but I might lose my friends. Problem solved: three DJs, one room, wireless headphones, and the best views of the Thames you can set your soundtrack for the night. From high atop The Shard you can dance to the beat of your choice. The NELKEN-Line is a global dance project inspired by the infamous Pina Bausch who used choreographed lines as a recurring theme in her work. The project takes contemporary dance out of the theatre, into the street and can be performed by anyone. It’s London debut was led by Dickson Mbi, touted as the next great British choreographer of his time. But you don’t have to be a professional to take part — The Pina Bausch foundation gives you step-by-step tutorials and you can make your NELKEN-Line with a group of friends, post it to the site and share your art with the world. “Me time” movement is also possible for solo explorers. Globe House Yoga offers daily classes and weekend workshops for all aspiring yogis. If a good old walk is more your style, the off-the-beaten-track Low Line walk gives a great sense of the Thames’ Victorian heritage by taking you through the viaduct systems that linked the various neighbourhoods along the riverbank.   Taste of the Thames Never been to India? Here’s an opportunity to travel with your taste buds. Celebrate the delights of the afternoon “High Chai” at The Lalit London. It’s everything you love about a traditional high tea but with an Indian twist. Cutting Chai (black tea with the most glorious masala spices) accompanies miniature samosas, feather-light pakodas ensconced in light gram flour batter, chicken tikka and paneer flatbread rolls for your savoury palate and a selection of sweets which include the milk-based sweet barfi and a delectable Indian version of the shortbread biscuit. The experience is certainly a nod to the long, intertwined historical relations between Britain and India that the Thames has served as a conduit for. The iconic warehouses just around the corner at Shad Thames used to house the spices that came up the river from across the Indian Ocean. Sight Catch a river bus from London Bridge City Pier and see London by water. You can opt for a tour, or do as the locals do which is hop on the commuter riverbus run by MBNA Thames Clipper. Go east toward Greenwich and visit the newly refurbished Cutty Sark, or go west to Hampton Court and see how the Tudors lived.  When you’ve made your way back to London Bridge City Pier, treat yourself to a lavish cocktail at Gong in The Shard. It’s the highest bar in Europe and the views are spectacular. The clever new cocktail menu has been introduced that is inspired by iconic film directors, the classic menu also has everything from a perfect Tom Collins to a sublime French champagne cocktail. If you’re a bit peckish still, the bar snacks are also a sight to behold. We love the mini seafood tacos prettied up with edible flowers. The Gong does get very busy so it is advisable to book well in advance. If heights aren’t your thing, there is always London Bridge itself. Face west, and pat yourself on the back. You are a true Londoner once again.   Sound Put your headphones on, fire up that smartphone and experience London Bridge with your ears. Musicity Londonis the brainchild of DJ and BBC Presenter Nick Luscombe. Musicity invites artists to respond to a particular place with a specially commissioned track. Check out participating composers at The White Cube and Southwark Cathedral. For something more traditional, check out free recitals or Evensong at Southwark Cathedral or head to Bar 31  on a Friday or Saturday to soak up the sounds of acoustic performances from local musicians.    Touched by the olfactory Rituals… in the newly done up London Bridge Station has a stunning selection of home fragrances inspired by the Ayurvedic traditions of India and the exotic floral scents of the Far East. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from London Bridge station is Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms on the edge of Borough Market where you can treat yourself an aromatherapy massage.  

Cocktails in London Bridge – Download the Recipe Book

Published on 28th September 2018

There’s nothing quite like an evening out in London Bridge. Where else can you bar hop from a sky-high cocktail lounge to a hidden basement bar – all in a matter of minutes? ‘Cocktails in London Bridge‘ celebrates the area’s unique nightlife; taking you on a tour of the neighbourhood in 18 cocktail recipes from an array of fantastic local bars and restaurants. Download Cocktails in London Bridge    In support of London Cocktail Week 01-07 October 2018 London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital’s fantastic cocktail scene and the biggest event of it’s kind – in the world! With 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours and a week-long cocktail village at its heart, this is the ultimate week off work for those that love a mixed drink… Festival passes are just £10 and available to buy from DrinkUp.London   A map of Cocktails in London Bridge   A – Z  1. AQUA SHARD 2.BOB’S LOBSTER WINE BAR & KITCHEN 3.CHAPTER 72 4.GUNPOWDER 5.HIVER BEERS ARCH 6.HUTONG AT THE SHARD 7.KIN + DEUM 8.LITTLE BIRD GIN 9.LONDON GRIND  10.LONDRINO 11.NINE LIVES 12.QUARTER BAR & LOUNGE 13.SANTO REMEDIO 14.THE COAL SHED 15.THE FLYING W SALOON 16.THE HIDE BAR 17.THE IVY TOWER BRIDGE 18.VILLAGE EAST Search more bars in London Bridge Article photo credit: The Gaztronome

Summer of Music at The Shard

Published on 31st July 2018

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.

Valentine’s in London Bridge

Published on 24th January 2018

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.    

January Diary

Published on 03rd January 2018

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 londonbridge@vivatbacchus.co.uk 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     

New Year’s Eve in London Bridge

Published on 21st December 2017

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  

Shard Lights 2017

Published on 06th 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.

Halloween in London Bridge

Published on 16th October 2017

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.

September Diary

Published on 04th September 2017

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.