The Doggett’s Race is held each summer on the Thames, starting at London Bridge and ending at Cadogan Pier (Chelsea) – the sites of the Old Swan Tavern and the Swan Inn Chelsea. Up to six young watermen will row under 11 bridges on the 4 mile 7 furlong (7,400 metre) course. Few annual individual sporting contests in the world can match the continuous history of the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge, which began in 1715. Find out more Part of Totally Thames Festival September 1-30
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Following last year’s sell-out concert series, composer/curator Iain Chambers brings new music and poetry to Tower Bridge’s huge Bascule Chamber. These unmissable, atmospheric concerts provide a unique way of experiencing one of Victorian engineering’s greatest feats. Find out more Part of Totally Thames Festival September 1-30
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
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. The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett hosts a series of themed evening talks and Q&As on fascinatlingly morbid topics ranging from the fear of ressurection to the bubonic plague… Click here to see current talks.
‘The Real: Three Propositions’ presents paintings and drawings by Peter Dreher, Konrad Klapheck and Des Lawrence, all of whom use precise, figurative styles to depict people, places and things. These artists merge realms of appearance and consciousness to varying degrees in their work, intermixing objectivity and subjectivity as they conjure things and their meanings in two dimensions. At a time when images and information, factual and fictional, circulate instantaneously, they ask the viewer to slow down and to consider how matter and mind intertwine when the world is re-envisioned. Find out more
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend. The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London. Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 | Book Online Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am – 5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Image: Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.
A Celebration of Classic Rock & Metal for Make Music Day with Black Helium and Possessor, both leaders in their disciplines and champions of their genres from London. Expect heavy rock and metal with a shot of Punk energy. Free entry. Bands from 8pm. The Underdog London was first established back in 2007 on the Old Kent Road SE1, as an art gallery and live music studio. The ethos was to promote up and coming artists and creatives of all types and genres but mostly in the graphic art and rock music scenes, gig poster design, graffiti / street and outsider art. The Underdog has since evolved in its current surroundings since 2011 in London Bridge, still staying true to its ethos of championing the outsider, but working and growing alongside some amazing, up and coming and well established artists and musicians. For the latest gig listings visit http://www.theunderdog.london/whatson Photograph Copyright: Sam Mellish © 2019
The 5th Annual London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market on Sunday June 2nd. 6 pizza greats compete for the love and devotion of 850 pizza-loving Londoners at the 5th annual London Pizza Festival. You and 1000 other pizza-loving Londoners will be entrusted with a tremendous responsibility: Consume and compare 6 slices cut from the wood-fired showcase pizzas of the featured pizza makers and then vote in the 2019 London Pizza Festival Champion. Just when you thought pizza in London could not get any bigger or better, world-class imports 50 Kalò (Trafalgar Square via Naples) and Gloria Trattoria (Shoreditch via Paris) have crashed the best-in-London pizza rankings. These pizza conquerers will be put to a stiff test, competing against L’Antica Pizza da Michele (Baker Street) and Theo’s (Camberwell and Elephant and Castle) as well as the mobile upstarts The Dough Shack (south-west London) and Ffwrnes (Cardiff). The 6 competitors will each present a signature pizza and, where necessary, a vegetarian alternative. The only way to try these showcase pizzas in one place at one time is by booking an advance ticket for one of three overlapping afternoon sessions. Book tickets
White Cube Bermondsey presents Sarah Morris’s first solo show in the UK in six years; Machines do not make us into Machines. Featuring paintings, films, a site-specific wall painting as well as the artist’s first sculptural work, the exhibition reflects Morris’s interest in networks, typologies, architecture, language and the city. Employing an architecture of colourful and abstract forms, Morris’s paintings play on the viewer’s sense of visual recognition. She incorporates a wide range of references, from the graphic identity of multinational corporations and the structure of urban transport systems to the iconography of maps, GPS technology, as well as the movement of people within urban areas. Visit website 17th April – 30th June
The London Festival of Architecture 2019 is a series of over 400 events exploring this year’s theme of ‘Boundaries’ across London, 1-30 June. London Bridge will be a hub area for the second year running, reflecting the importance of the changing built environment and globally-famous, landmark architecture we have here. The programme is designed to offer events that can appeal to anyone: exhibitions and installations, talks and debates, walks and tours, family events, film screenings and a wide range of special events. Highlights of the London Festival of Architecture London Bridge Hub include: Musicity x Low Line 1-30 June Andrew Logan; no boundaries 6 June Architecture for the Dead: Burial Grounds & Crypts 6 June Make Music Day Parade along the Low Line 21 June Tower Bridge 125th Birthday Weekend 29-30 June And a varied selection of guided, themed walks throughout the month. For the full London Bridge hub programme click here. The Boundaries theme for this year lends itself perfectly to London Bridge. Life in cities is all about physical and mental boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls that in many ways make us comfortable. For architects, however, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they’re something to be challenged. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is Europe’s largest annual architecture event and celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The programme is delivered by architecture and design practices and practitioners, cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others. The festival appeals to a huge public audience: in 2018 an estimated 600,000 people attended festival events, most of which were free. londonfestivalofarchitecture.org