Summer is here! London is a perfect spot for summer as there is always so much to see and do while enjoying the sun. Whether it’s enjoying some alcoholic beverages, watching films or plays, or listening to music, Summer By The River has you covered.
Summer By The River is hosted by London Bridge City. This is the area stretching from London Bridge Pier and Tower Bridge, and from London Bridge station to the river Thames. It includes The Scoop (the open-air amphitheatre near City Hall), Hay’s Galleria, No. 1 London Bridge, English Grounds, Riverside Walk and the Pier.
For those who want to enjoy some adult beverages near the river, there are two bars. ‘Look Mum No Hands!’ is located near London Bridge Pier. We enjoyed some Pornstar Martinis here, which were refreshing on such a warm night. The cocktails cost £6.50 while a spirit and tonic costs £8.50. ‘Bar by the River’ is located at The Scoop, with cocktails setting you back £9.
Every Tuesday there will be a film, a live screening or sports playing for free at The Scoop. The selection includes La La Land, Greece, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy, Swan Lake live screening, Wimbledon, The Tour de France and many more. As I’d never seen The Greatest Showman, a few friends accompanied me to see it on Tuesday 5 June and we all enjoyed it. Be prepared to get there early to get good seats as The Scoop fills up fast. The music can be slightly loud at times especially when sitting near the front. Feel free to bring a picnic, pillows and picnic rug to make the concrete steps more comfortable. The program of Tuesday night cinema looks amazing and I know there are a few films and live screenings I’d like to check out.
As well as a cinema, The Scoop will become an open-air theatre. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur will be performed in August and as both are for short amounts of time and in the same evenings, it’s perfect for young and old alike.
Fitness fans will enjoy a range of yoga, high intensity workouts, body weights and even Salsa. Craft Lovers can learn how to make a hanging basket, pompom bunnies, tote bags and much more.
Music fans will be treated to established and new talents. A range of genres including rock, pop and Indie anthems, electro-klezmer, Latin and Spanish styles and global folk music, to name a few, will be showcased.
For those looking for some summer loving why not try Cycle Speed Dating on 17 June. Here you can date from the comfort of your bike seat while taking in the sights of London.
London Bridge City launched on Friday 1st June and runs until Sunday 2 September. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 12pm to 10pm. For the full program please look on their website or collect a Summer By The River information booklet.
With an excellent program of music, craft, theatre, cinema and more to enjoy, I know I’ll be back. Summer By The River is definitely the place to be this summer.
Address: London Bridge City, SE1.
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Written by Caitlin Neal