Tower Bridge wants you! Take part in Tower Bridge’s new photography exhibition, exploring the lives that connect London’s defining landmark today. With London’s defining landmark only 126 years old, the many staff, engineers and visitors today are a key part of its history. Opening on October 16th, Lives of a Landmark celebrates the lives of Tower Bridge today more prominently than ever before; piecing together the story of the people working behind the scenes at the historical bridge, and the visitors who walk its floors. How to feature For a chance to feature in the Lives of a Landmark exhibition, share your own tales of the Bridge on social media using the hashtag #MyTowerBridge; whether it’s a treasured memory of a visit, or simply a feeling that the landmark embodies for you. As well as the opportunity to feature in the exhibition, all stories will also be in with a chance of winning two complimentary tickets to visit inside Tower Bridge every month throughout the exhibition run, Find out more
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Experience a more relaxed Tower Bridge Once a month on a Saturday, Tower Bridge host Relaxed Opening for anyone who would like to explore the Bridge in a calm, tranquil atmosphere, including people with autism and any other needs, as well as their siblings, families and carers. More information/book here Families are able to explore the Towers and Engine Rooms and also take part in a family trail if they wish. This useful visual story may help prepare for your visit.
Following the reopening of London’s defining landmark this weekend, we speak to Tower Bridge Marketing Manager Amy O’Rourke about bouncing back post-lockdown, bringing the magic of the Bridge into people’s homes, and how locals can enjoy a visit for just £1. Tower Bridge’s Lockdown Experience Although our doors to visitors were closed, there were key workers at the Bridge maintaining our critical functions for safety and security. Lockdown proved to be an exceptionally busy time for the team as we worked hard to bring the magic of Tower Bridge to people via the “At home” section of the website and through virtual initiatives like our “History of Tower Bridge podcasts”, “’Yoga NOT in the Walkways’, and live streamed talks. Our front of house staff have been brilliant – this experience has verified just how much the team really know about Tower Bridge and what a great resource they are to help tell our stories both onsite and online. What can visitors look forward to? Visitors will experience a one-way carefully managed visitor route inside Tower Bridge. Visitors can stand on the famous Glass Floors and watch London life from above the River Thames. As well as getting amazing views of the capital, visitors will see the Victorian Engine Rooms that once powered London’s defining landmark. They will see our new measures that we have put in place including protective screens, sanitiser stations, floor markers and signage. You can also look forward to meeting our staff who are excited to return to the Bridge. Which place in London Bridge are you most looking forward to visiting again? Prosecco House is one of my personal favourite hidden gems and just a stone’s throw away from the Bridge. And if you’re looking for a bite to eat there are some fantastic restaurants along the One Tower Bridge stretch too Tower Bridge’s community ticket is just £1 for residents of Southwark Tower Bridge is now open daily from 10:30-16:00 with last entry at 15:00. Please note these hours will extend from Monday 20 July. Tickets are available to purchase at the Ticket Office from 4-19 July with online tickets available from the 20th July. Share your London Bridge adventures with the hashtags #atLondonBridge #backinLondonBridge
Tower Bridge have brought their onsite exhibition Making the Bring Sing online for visitor to enjoy. To celebrate 125 years of Tower Bridge, artist Di Mainstone was commissioned to create a film exploring a make-believe world caught between dream and reality. The idea for the film began when one of the Tower Bridge team overheard a conversation on the Bridge one day. Susan Belcher was telling her friends the tale of her grandmother Hannah Griggs, and how she became the Cook-in-Service to the Bridge Master. Within days the Bridge’s Exhibition Manager was in touch and Susan shared Hannah Griggs’ story, and how she lived after spending several years in the workhouse that eventually became St Olave’s Hospital. Today Hannah Griggs, along with other former workers, is commemorated with a plaque on the pavement of the Bridge. Artist Di Mainstone has invented a phantastical world, where Tower Bridge sings and nature takes over. She has created instruments to ‘play’ the bridge and recorded their magical sounds. Watch the film
Fri 18 Oct 10.00 – 16.00 Tue 22 Oct 10.00 – 16.00 The Big Draw is coming to Tower Bridge! Did you know over 40,000 people cross Tower Bridge each day? Help bring this scene to life by adding yourself to a giant Tower Bridge picture! Activities run between 10.00 and 16.00 on Saturday 18th October and Tuesday 22nd October. All participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months. Family activities are open to children of all ages but are particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. No advanced booking is required and all activities are included in the price of your admission ticket. More information and to book The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. Tickets: FREE with admission. Please see website for details Suitable for ages: 6-11 Organised by Tower Bridge Contact Tower Bridge Learning t: (0) 20 7403 3761 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Family Friendly Facilities: Tower Bridge Experience is a fun day out for the whole family! Visit the Tower Bridge families page at www.towerbridge.org.uk/learning/families/ to find out more about the family learning programme and to download a FREE Family Trail app and begin exploring Tower Bridge like never before.
The Vapiano concept is based on great quality, freshly made food in a lively, feel-good atmosphere. Italian specialities are handmade daily, with all dishes prepared in front of the guests “à la minute” and customised to the guests’ requirements. The menu features 10 freshly made pasta shapes, a variety of pizzas and 20 other dishes including risotto, salads and fresh fish. Vapiano One Tower Bridge are offering 15% off the total bill, Monday -Thursday. Monday to Thursday only, not to be used in conjunction with any other offers and/or promotions.
Check out these family-friendly activities for you and the kids to enjoy in London Bridge over the summer holidays, including immersive theatre, free museums and outdoor fun. 1. Meet Gnomus, Caretaker of the Earth Come and meet Gnomus who will be checking every leaf and every flower in the London Bridge area to inspire a new generation of conservationists. This bumbling, gentle giant is kind and friendly engaging families in themes of extinction and conservation. Suitable for ages 6+ July 26th and 27th (FREE) Find out more 2. Climb aboard the HMS Belfast Explore HMS Belfast and see what life was like aboard this floating city as you weave your way through the bowels of the ship and climb up and down ladders across all 9 decks. Kids will love taking the helm in the Captain’s chair, playing interactive games based on real-life exercises and keeping a lookout up on the flag deck. Throughout summer Find out more 3. Explore the depths of the universe Through a free exhibition and events programme, the Science Gallery London’s DARK MATTER combines art, physics and philosophy. The season highlights the critical role of artists, philosophers and storytellers in our understanding of the world around us and invites audiences to question their understanding of physics and even reality itself. Recommended for ages 6+ 6 June – 26 August 2019 (FREE) Find out more 4. Become the next superstar fashion designer The Fashion and Textile Museum’s summer holiday short courses are the ideal opportunity to nurture talent for drawing, design and digital skills, alongside other young people who share the same passions. The Museum Young Designers Summer School offers students aged 12-18 the opportunity to learn and practise their design skills to create a portfolio of work. Various dates throughout summer Find out more 5. Get creative at the Unicorn Theatre The Unicorn’s ever-popular series of drama, dance and set design workshops are led by professional theatre-makers and themed around current shows. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to a five-day ‘Play In A Week’ workshop. A great opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and make friends. Suitable for ages 7 – 16 Various dates throughout summer Find out more 6. Discover the history of London’s defining landmark Uncover stories behind the engineering, the people, the architecture and the city that built Tower Bridge. Experience the glass walkway, witness the magic of the bridge-lift and take part in imaginative family-orientated learning activities. Throughout summer Find out more 7. Catch a matinee at the Bridge Theatre The Bridge Theatre becomes the forest in this immersive production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The seating is wrapped around the action while ‘pit’ tickets allow the story to be followed on foot as the story develops around you. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the pit at all times. Until August 31st Find out more 8. Marvel at SEED; a sustainable circus Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. Enjoy some outdoor circus fun at Potters Fields Park, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into a growing installation, and plant a seed to take home. August 7th and 8th (FREE) Find out more 9. Enjoy a picnic in Potters Fields Park A stones-throw away from several family-friendly restaurants, Potters Fields Park stretches out alongside the Thames with unbeatable views of the iconic Tower Bridge. Head to One Tower Bridge to discover an eclectic mix of eateries including Temakinho, Vapiano and Gunpower, where takeaway options are available. Find out more 10. Experience the top of The Shard With panoramic views stretching up to 40 miles across London, the top of The Shard offers the best views in the city. Don’t miss the Family Breakfast Fun Club on 24th August, with free face painting, balloon modelling and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout summer Find out more 11. Celebrate Summer by the River London Bridge City’s annual summer festival returns, with a programme packed full of activities for all ages. Enjoy open-air cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music performances, fun family workshops and more. Throughout summer Find out more 12. Get a taste of Latin American culture The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to London Bridge. Try flavours from across the continent, before shaking the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba. There’ll also be plenty of family-friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. 10th – 11th August Find out more 13. Take a ride with MBNA Thames Clippers Board at London Bridge City Pier and explore the city by boat. 5-15 year olds go free with a family ‘River Roamer’ ticket, which allows you to hop on and off between 17 piers. Get the kids involved in their journey with MBNA’s free activity books. Throughout summer Find out more 14. Discover Europe’s Oldest Operating Theatre Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. Interactive talks and walks will provide inspiring and stimulating perspectives for young people. Recommended for ages 7+ Throughout summer Find out more 15. Uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath the world’s most haunted bridge Located within the vaults of the original 1831 bridge, The London Bridge Experience and Tombs is a spooky immersive experience, tracing the 2000 year history of the world’s most famous and haunted bridge. Children up to 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Throughout summer Find out more
New to foodie hot-spot One Tower Bridge, Temakinho brings a unique flavour to the neighbourhood, where Japanese culinary tradition meets with the flavour and personality of Brazil. We speak to Culinary Director, Fabiano Molina about Temakinho’s journey so far. Tell us about the journey of Temakinho so far? Temakinho started back in Italy in 2012 with a single smaller restaurant in the historical Navigli district in Milan and quickly grew to become what is today: the leading restaurant company in Europe, specialised in Nikkei cuisine. Currently, Temakinho is a family of 12 restaurants in Italy, Spain and UK, directly managed by its original founders, and new openings are announced every month. In April, we opened our fifth Temakinho in Milan and in June, we’re opening our first restaurant in Florence. What makes Temakinho unique to the sushi scene? In our restaurants, Japanese culinary tradition meets with the taste, colours and vibes of Brazil bringing a unique culinary experience to life, using sustainable and ethically-sourced ingredients. In Brazilian sushi restaurants, everything from the decor to the way food is presented on “boats” or on large bamboo plates features a more traditional Japanese style. There’s Japanese music playing and you only drink sakè or green tea. Temakinho introduced a revolution on the European sushi scene with vibrant beautiful restaurants, wallpaper, Brazilian music playing and the pairing of Brazilian sushi, served on beautiful plates with caipirinhas. More recently, we’ve expanded our vegetarian offer to meet the needs of an increasing customer base highly sensitive to contemporary environmental issues and ethical sourcing. What were the deciding factors in choosing London Bridge as Temakinho’s latest location? We wanted to open our second restaurant in London, the first one is in Soho, so we decided to invest in One Tower Bridge because it’s an iconic location, surrounded by an outstanding view. The area is fresh, vibrant and with a booming nightlife. If you could summarize Temakinho’s menu in 3 words, what would they be? Exotic; because is something you don’t have the chance to try every day, I’m quite sure that lots of non-Brazilians never tried something like this! Healthy because it’s well-balanced food, made with fresh ingredients, certified-sustainable fish, organic and ethically-sourced ingredients. Addictive! Once you try it, you keep coming back for more! What’s your favourite thing to do in London Bridge? Since I’m always looking for inspiration to create new food pairings and unique ingredient combinations, I like to go to the London Bridge Borough Market and wander among the stalls. There’s vendors specialized in exotic fruits and meats, others selling different types of coffee, and you can find all sorts of street food, cakes, pastries and cheese. This process helps me create new recipes and unexpected flavor combinations. Finally, if we had to order just one thing on the menu, what would it be and why? Roll Rio Bananal, made with breaded salmon, banana and cream cheese. It’s a perfect mix between sweet and salty, and the result is a flavour you could never possibly imagine. Addictive! Visit Temakinho at Potters Field Park, One Tower Bridge London SE1 2SD
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, 10.00 – 16.00 When Tower Bridge lifted for the very first time on 30 June 1894, a flotilla of boats queued up to be among the first to pass underneath. Families are invited to help build our own fleet of ships to recreate this historic moment. All participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months. Family activities are open to children of all ages but are particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. No advanced booking is required and all activities are included in the price of your admission ticket. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Tower Bridge architect Sir Horace Jones, at his Big Birthday Bash in the historic Engine Rooms. Families are invited to party with the man behind Tower Bridge, featuring games, a birthday activity table, treasure hunt and Victorian photo opportunity. Included in the price of admission. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125