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The Ivy Tower Bridge

Published on 19th July 2018

The Ivy Tower Bridge is an all-day British brasserie with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. Making the most of its riverside location and views of the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the restaurant also features an outdoor terrace, a bar and a private dining room on the first floor, offering tranquil relaxed yet sophisticated dining with beautiful views across the river. With interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the two-floors restaurant will offer guests the choice of dining within the restaurant, enjoying the view from floor to ceiling glass windows, or outside on the Parisian-style al fresco terrace seating 50 and overlooking the River Thames.

A new permanent exhibition inside Tower Bridge

Published on 21st June 2018

Climb the iconic towers of Tower Bridge this summer and discover the architects, makers, thinkers and technicians who built and laid the foundations of London’s most defining landmark. From Wednesday 27th July, step inside Tower Bridge and explore a new permanent exhibition featuring newly-discovered photographs and stories from the construction of the Bridge, including the story of Jack ‘Ginger’ Bateman, one of the divers who risked everything to dig the vast foundations that anchor the 70,000-ton Bridge to the bottom of the Thames. Housed in the North and South Towers, which are linked by the high-level Walkways above the River Thames, the exhibition will take you on a journey through the lifetime of the Bridge, from its conception and construction through to present day. This includes the opportunity to explore unique objects from across the Bridge’s history and even try on a real-life Victorian diver’s helmet. You’ll also meet the people who make the Bridge work today in our brand new ‘24 hours at the Tower Bridge’ short film. The exhibition continues in the Victorian Engine Rooms, which house the engines that once powered the famous Bridge lifts. Here you’ll discover the human histories of the people who have maintained the bridge since 1894. Visit now and celebrate London’s defining landmark. BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY

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     

Bascule Chamber Concerts

Published on 18th September 2017

  Following last year’s sell out concert series in the Bascule Chamber at Tower Bridge, composer and curator Iain Chambers returns to fill the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space with a brand new programme as part of Totally Thames 2017. This year’s concerts showcase three major new works, alongside commissioned spoken word performances, and an immersive sound walk exploring London’s greatest hidden space. Click here for more details and booking. The programme includes a contemporary response to Handel’s Water Music by Langham Research Centre, 300 years after Handel’s famous work was premiered on the Thames. This ground-breaking new piece will see the group ‘play’ the sound of the Bridge’s river and road traffic live, using hydrophones in the river and contact microphones on Tower Bridge itself. Clarinettist Kate Romano will perform alongside Langham Research Centre in a new composition for oscillators and clarinet. Kate will also perform Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint a rhythmically intricate work by the American composer. Award-winning Franco-Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi will perform a new work in the Bridge’s Accumulator Chamber, imagining the conversations happening on board boats carrying immigrants. Plus poet Kayo Chingonyi will create and perform new spoken word for this unique space. Kayo has received   the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and was shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize. His new collection Kumkanda is out now. Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. South Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP Suitable for ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Art at the Bridge #8: Construction – Destruction – Reconstruction

Published on 03rd August 2017

19 May 2017 – 31 December 2017 New buildings go up; smart technology replaces the old; political constellations re-arrange – constant change dictates our modern world. Now in its eighth iteration, this year’s Art at the Bridge display will exhibit the works of 13 local artists as they explore the theme of change. Expressing their ideas through a variety of techniques including paintings, mixed media and photography, the artists in this new exhibition draw inspiration from their own experiences and highlight the theme’s various possible interpretations: architectural, psychological, cultural and emotional. Developed in partnership with arts organisation, Agenci, Tower Bridge is delighted to once again provide an opportunity for local artists to gain exposure to an international audience of approximately 2,500 visitors daily. Entry to ‘Art at the Bridge #8’ is included in the admission price. Click here for details and tickets. Learn more about community partners. #InsideTowerBridge

Float Away with The Ivy Tower Bridge

Published on 25th July 2017

Join The Ivy Tower Bridge on Tuesday 1st August for a special event; an aerialist will perform with a hot air balloon, right on the riverside outside the restaurant in Potters Fields Park. Pop by to enjoy the shows, on the hour from 12pm-8pm. The best social post will win dinner for two! Use the hashtags #ivyintheair #ivytowerbridge   

Family Tours of Tower Bridge

Published on 24th July 2017

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 Time: 10.30 Average duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Price: £4 per person, in addition to standard ticket prices. Family ticket options for this tour are also available. Contact Tower Bridge bookings department to book and for more information on +44 (0) 207 407 9191 or email bookings@towerbridge.org.uk. It is advised that Family tours are pre-booked and paid for in advance.

Tower Bridge Yoga in the Walkways

Published on 03rd July 2017

Tower Bridge invites you to enjoy a unique London experience with exclusive sunrise yoga classes in the high-level Walkways, 42 metres above the River Thames. Now taking place twice a month, London-based yoga teacher Billie Woodcraft will have you striking the perfect downward facing dog through energetic vinyasa-flow yoga classes that will help you kick-start the working day. Designed to revitalise and inject energy into Londoners with spectacular river views from inside the most famous bridge in the world, the yoga classes will allow participants of all abilities to perfect their practice. Daring yogis can position themselves on the glass floor for a suspended view of road and pedestrian life, all moving at pace 42 metres beneath their feet. Participants may even witness the magic of the Bridge’s famous bascules raising for a river vessel! The glass floors along the Bridge’s East and West high-level Walkways each measure 11 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, and can withstand the weight equivalent to one elephant and two London Black Cabs. Space on the glass floor is limited so positions will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. A small number of mats are available so participants are advised to bring their own. However to maximise the experience on the new glass floor, it is recommended to use gripped gloves and socks. Cost: £25.00 per person Time: Wednesdays, 07.30am – 08.20am (arrive by 7.15am) and Saturdays, 08:00am – 08.50am (arrive by 07.45am) Tickets here.

An Interview with The Ivy Tower Bridge

Published on 21st June 2017

With The Ivy Tower Bridge set to open at the new One Tower Bridge development on 26th July 2017, we speak to General Manager Thas Robinson about spreading The Ivy magic and the dishes you just can’t miss…   How long have you been working for The Ivy and what attracted you to the position?  I have been with The Ivy Collection for two years; I joined for the opening of the first Ivy Cafe in Marylebone in December 2015, and have been General Manager there since. I have always been a big fan of The Ivy, West Street and Caprice Holdings, and I have admired Mr. Caring throughout my career. Working on the opening for The Ivy Café, Marylebone was a challenge I was very willing to take on! What is the philosophy behind an Ivy brasserie? The aim behind the Ivy Collection is to bring a piece of The Ivy magic from the West End to other locations, and the area of Tower Bridge and London Bridge was a perfect spot for us. It’s important for us that each site reflects the neighbourhood and community in which it sits; each location has its own unique character which we bring to life through bespoke cocktail menus, artwork and interiors, with a recognisable Ivy feel present in each restaurant. At the Ivy Tower Bridge cocktails and artworks pay homage to the magnificent views of the river Thames, the Tower of London and Tower bridge, whilst, for example, at The Ivy City Garden it was important for us to incorporate a ‘garden oasis’ concept for City-workers and visitors to enjoy. What makes London Bridge such an ideal location for The Ivy Brasserie? It was a great opportunity for us to add such an iconic location on the riverside to our portfolio, The Ivy Tower Bridge has fantastic a fantastic view of the river and is located close to many key London landmarks. What can you tell us about the design of the restaurant? The Ivy Collection design takes inspiration from the original Ivy on West Street, with each site referencing its own location. Our interiors usually have a bar as a key focal point, and incorporate subtle art deco references, spotted in elements such as the pendant lights, bar lamps and antique brass mirrors. The artwork at each location will then relate to the neighbourhood of the project; for example, at the Ivy Tower Bridge the artworks will be inspired by the river, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. What preparations are being taken for the opening, have you faced any challenges? My team and I have been working hard this year on a number of new openings within the collection. As the Tower Bridge site will draw such a diverse clientele, our challenges will be to maintain our high standard of service and consistently good food. Catering for the combination of tourists and local businesses and residents in the area is an exciting challenge and one which we are well prepared for. If you had to recommend just one dish, what would it be? I love our Steak Tartare, and you should definitely try our Shepherd’s Pie, a classic inspired by the Ivy West Street’s famous original recipe, always on our menus! The Ivy Tower Bridge will open on 26th July 2017, featuring an all-encompassing menu, serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, including breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails. The kitchen will be overseen by Executive Chef Sean Burbidge, whilst the restaurant’s affordable menus will incorporate a selection of Ivy classics, including shepherd’s pie, eggs Benedict, brioche crumbled chicken Milanese and the sumptuous strawberry ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream, meringue and shortbread.  

New Permanent Engine Rooms Exhibition

Published on 27th April 2017

  A new permanent exhibition in Tower Bridge’s Victorian Engine Rooms launched 24th April 2017  From this April, step inside Tower Bridge to discover the unsung heroes who have kept an icon in motion for over 120 years. From coal stokers to cooks, clerks and engineers, uncover the fascinating human stories of the people who once worked behind the scenes at the Bridge. Immerse yourself in this atmospheric space, where oral histories, never before displayed photographs and new films will explore the lives and livelihoods behind a national treasure. Complementing the personal histories on display for the first time in the Engine Rooms is our newest feature: the ‘Walk of Fame’. Linking Tower Bridge’s imposing South Tower to its Victorian Engine Rooms lies a pathway of plaques celebrating some of the workers from the Bridge’s 122 year history, each carefully selected to illustrate the diversity of roles behind the Bridge. Commemorating the lives and labour of these individuals, the ‘Walk of Fame’ plaques have been designed by students from the City of London Academy Southwark and the London Sculpture Workshop who took inspiration from Tower Bridge’s stories and its architectural flourishes. Visit now and celebrate the iconic structure and the working bridge. BOOK YOUR TICKET