Uniqlo Tate Late - Tate Modern

Fri, 30 Nov - Thu, 31 Oct 18:00-22:00
Tate Modern
Every last Friday in the month

Don't have time to fit the art exhibition you've been dying to see into your daily schedule? With Tate LATES you no longer need to worry about missing an exhibition. Every last Friday in the month, Tate Modern is open till 10pm to give you the chance to enjoy the gallery at night with a mix of art, music, film and workshops to enjoy with your friends. The perfect way to end a busy day in the city.

The Tate Modern is just a 5 minute walk from Bankside Hotel.
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Art Yard’s Bankside Brunch

Mon, 25 Feb - Sat, 22 Aug 11am - 4pm
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen
Bankside London SE1 9TG
Kick off your weekend with Art Yard’s Bankside brunch. This informal all-day restaurant is a great place to eat before or after exploring all that the South Bank has to offer. This brunch takes top quality ingredients and uses them to make delicious food and drinks, some are healthy, some NAUGHTY. Bottomless brunches are a thing.. serving up Our/London Bloody Marys AS SPICY AS YOU’D LIKE THEM.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Families head on down, as kids (under eight) eat for free and you can watch your kids create their masterpieces in the colouring factory. 

Available Saturdays and Sundays.

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The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

Wed, 27 Mar - Sun, 11 Aug
Tate Britain
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L'Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.
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Underbelly Festival 2019, Southbank

Fri, 05 Apr - Sun, 29 Sep
Underbelly Festival 2019, Southbank
South Bank London
Returning to London's Southbank for the 11th consecutive year, the Underbelly Festival has established itself as one of the city's most vibrant cultural celebrations, promoting the best new British performance art alongside seasoned world-class entertainers.
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Southbank Centre Book Market

Tue, 23 Apr - Sat, 30 Nov
Under Waterloo Bridge on Queen's Walk
Tucked under Waterloo Bridge on Queen's Walk, find hundreds of classics, contemporary titles, comics, maps and prints at the Southbank Centre book market. One of the only outdoor secondhand and antique book markets in southern England you are bound to find a book that tickles your fancy.
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Flat Iron Square

Tue, 30 Apr - Sun, 29 Dec
Flat Iron Square
Southwalk Street, London SE1 1TD
Flat Iron Square is a foodie hub in Bankside, taking over seven railway arches, Grade II listed building Devonshire House and the surrounding area. A tantalising line-up of bars, food vendors, restaurants, street food trucks, outdoor space and a live music venue come together to create a casual and vibrant environment.

‘The Garden’ is a welcome green haven for lunch, post-work drinks and dinner in the heart of the city. It is also home to our outdoor stage and our weekend vintage and makers market, FLEA.

What’s On at Flat Iron Square: https://www.flatironsquare.co.uk/whats-on/
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Globe Theatre Guided Tour

Wed, 01 May - Thu, 31 Oct
Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

Expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Tours are in English and last approximately 40 minutes. Information sheets are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

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Death of a salesman - Young Vic

Wed, 01 May - Sat, 29 Jun
Young Vic
66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell

Following her recent award-winning success for Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott co-directs with Miranda Cromwell, (Associate Director on Company and Angels in America), bringing a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family. 

Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene (Misty, Been So Long) as Biff Loman. They are joined by Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Martins Imhangbe as Happy Loman, Joseph Mydell as Ben Loman, Nenda Neurer as Letta, Jennifer Saayeng as Miss Forsythe, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley, and Maggie Service as The Woman and Jenny.
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MICHAEL WALLNER - Bankside Hotel's Maker in Residence

Wed, 01 May - Sun, 30 Jun
Makers Studio | Bankside Hotel
2 Blackfriars Rd, Upper Ground SE1 9JU
London-based artist Michael Wallner, from Contemporary Collective, takes residence in Bankside Hotel's Makers Studio during May and June 2019. 

Michael specialises in aluminium and reclaimed wood prints as well as neon and l.e.d installations. He spent more than twenty years in the media industry working on entertainment programmes, talk shows, documentaries, and a children’s novel. But creating original and innovative art is his true passion. He now works out of Wimbledon Art Studios in South London as a full time artist.

In recent years he has moved into more ambitious work – digitally manipulating his own photographs to produce unusual art and installations using a variety of surfaces and mediums including L.E.Ds, neon, brushed aluminium, reclaimed wood, laser-cut acrylic.. He is constantly searching for exciting new materials to experiment on. Current experiments include working on concrete and 1930's reclaimed windows.

Michael Wallner's latest work celebrates the beauty of the city through the shapes and outlines that define its landmarks and character. London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore all feature in his latest collection.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream - Bridge Theatre

Fri, 03 May - Sat, 31 Aug
Bridge Theatre
3 Potters Fields Park London, SE1 2SG
The theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.

Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.  The production also re-unites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar.  Direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Joining the team will be composer Grant Olding, movement director Arlene Phillips, and associate movement director James Cousins.

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THE HISTORY PLAYS - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Fri, 03 May - Fri, 11 Oct
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk
The new resident Globe Ensemble kick off the Globe Theatre season with Shakespeare’s history plays.

These plays offer an extraordinary panorama of England as they tell the story of the reign of Henry IV, the relationship between Prince Hal and Falstaff, Hotspur’s rebellion, and Hal’s reign as King Henry V, as he leads the English into battle at Agincourt.

Moving fluidly between comedy and tragedy and from taverns to battlefields, these plays ask extremely timely questions about national identity, leadership and power.

Watch the three plays separately, or join one of our epic Trilogy Days throughout the summer when you can watch them back-to-back and receive a 15% discount.
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ORPHEUS DESCENDING - Menier Chocolate Factory

Thu, 09 May - Sat, 06 Jul
Menier Chocolate Factory
53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Tennessee Williams' Deep South American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey (Home I'm Darling - National Theatre/Duke of York's). 

Orpheus Descending  began its life as Battle of Angels in 1940, and was first performed on Broadway in 1957. In 1959, Sidney Lumet directed the film adaptation, The Fugitive Kind  starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.

With Catrin Aaron, Michael Geary, Valentine Hanson, Jenny Livsey, Laura Jane Matthewson, Mark Meadows, Ifan Meredith, Ian Porter, Carrie Quinlan & Carol Royle.

Lady is trapped in a loveless marriage, surrounded by a dying husband and intolerant people, living a boring small-town life. But when a wild-eyed charismatic drifter appears, a new life of love and passion suddenly seem possible. Everything will change as certainty, conformity and tradition are ripped apart.

ORPHEUS DESCENDING is presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

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Top Girls - National Theatre

Thu, 09 May - Sat, 20 Jul
Lyttelton Theatre | National Theatre
Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX
By Caryl Churchill

For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

Now hiring: top girls wanted for prestige positions. Must be self-motivated go-getters with an appetite for success. No timewasters.
Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.

Churchill’s work includes Far Away, A Number and Escaped Alone.

Lyndsey Turner (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Chimerica) directs.

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ArtYard Summer Terrace

Mon, 27 May - Mon, 30 Sep 5pm
ArtYard Terrace at Bankside Hotel
Bankside Hotel
Now open Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm

Sit outside, weather permitting (it is London after all ) and enjoy something delicious to eat and drink. 
The newly opened terrace has teamed up with Hambledon, the award-winning Hampshire vineyard, to serve its full range of English sparkling wines by the bottle and glass. The evolving drinks list features summer spritzes and bellinis, with London Essence Co tonics.

In need of something to eat, then light bites and Art Yard’s signature wood-fired pizzette can be delivered to your table.
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Sweet Celebrations for Pride in London

Sat, 01 Jun - Sun, 30 Jun
Art|Yard Bar & Kitchen
Bankside Hotel
Art|Yard Bar & Kitchen will be glowing with pride throughout June to celebrate ‘Pride in London'. We have curated an exquisite range of artisanal macaroons inspired by The Rainbow Flag. Individual Macaroons are priced at £1.50 each or you can enjoy the whole collection for £10, we’ll be donating £1 for every macaroon collection sold to ‘Pride In London’.

The collection is available as dessert in @artyardbankside or can be purchased from the Bankside kiosk.
The collection...
Red – Raspberry 
Orange – Orange 
Green – Mint
Blue – Blueberry Yogurt 
Yellow – Passion Fruit with Sesame Seed
Purple – Blackberry 
Pink - Mixed Berry and Rose 
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Wed, 12 Jun - Sun, 15 Sep
Archbishop’s Park
The world's biggest and fastest city centre zip wire returns to the South Bank this summer.
Tickets from £25

The biggest and fastest city centre zip wire in the world returns to the South Bank for summer 2019. Located in Archbishop's park, just minutes from other South Bank landmarks, visitors can enjoy a unique perspective of London's skyline before launching themselves from 35 metres up in the air. Travelling for 225 metres at speeds of up to 50kph, along one of the four zip wires, makes Zip Now London an adrenaline fuelled activity that can be enjoyed by friends, families and groups. Tickets must be booked in advance at www.zip-now.co

By tube: Lambeth North or Waterloo

By bus: 3, 12, 77, 53, 148, 159, 344, 453, 507, C10

By train: London Waterloo 

By river: London Eye Waterloo Pier

By cycle: We have bike racks near the check-in area. Additionally there are Cycle Hire Docking Stations near the park entrances on both Lambeth Road and Lambeth Palace Road.

By car/taxi: The SE1 7LE postcode will direct you to Carlisle Lane and you’ll see our signage at the park entrance. Car Parking is not available and we would strongly recommend not driving to Zip Now.

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The Light in the Piazza - Royal Festival Hall

Fri, 14 Jun - Fri, 05 Jul
Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Be transported to sun-drenched Italy by the London premiere of hit Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza.

Starring four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming and film and television star Dove Cameron making their London stage debuts, The Light in the Piazza is directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans.

The new production features ‘the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story’ (The New York Times) performed by Opera North’s 40-piece symphony orchestra.

Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, this heart-wrenching love story invites us into the world of Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara. As they take in the wonders of the city, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli.

It’s love at first sight, but Clara isn’t quite what she appears – soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.

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Art Yard’s Chef’s Table

Fri, 28 Jun - Fri, 28 Jun 7pm
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen
Bankside London SE1 9TG

The first of Art Yard’s monthly Chef’s Table evenings. A six-course tasting menu that reflects Head Chef Lee Stratton’s style of cooking. He basically takes the best available ingredients and with no messing about creates indulgent yet simple dishes. This menu positively teems with flavour and contrast.

The accompanying drinks are equally special. The wine and cocktail flight is curated by Head of Wine Clover Sykes and Bar Manager Juri Romano. You can rely on them to put the right drink with the right food. Clover’s wines take you off the beaten track and native Sicilian Juri, puts an Italian spin on classic and Italian cocktails.

If you’ve got any dietary requirements, please let us know when you book your table. 

Places for Chef’s Table are limited to 8. All we ask for is £10 deposit which is non-refundable if you cancel after 48 hours. 

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Meet the Artist | Ernesto Romano @ Bankside

Thu, 25 Jul - Thu, 25 Jul 18:00 - 20:00
Artist Studio, Bankside Hotel
2 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9JU
Please join the Contemporary Collective team and Maker in Residence Ernesto Romano for an intimate 'Meet the Artist' evening event.

This event is FREE with the option of a discretionary donation to the Terrence Higgins trust.

Romano Ernesto, who will be the Maker in Residence at Bankside Hotel's studio from the beginning of July, will talk about the unique experience of working from the Bankside Hotel studio, the artwork he has produced, answer questions about his practice and share with guests how he is influenced by many factors including his work as an interior designer, artists Damien Hirst and Lauren Baker amongst others.

His unique practice involves the use of medical records like X-rays or MRIs of his body or vintage X-rays which he uses to make his art. “I am progressively dissecting myself” he says with a smile. The use of X-rays is a simple way to explore the very essence of being human, deprived of any feature or embellishment that may come with society or status.

6pm Arrival* - Drinks & Canapes
7pm - Introduction to Ernesto Romano by Gallery Director
7:15 - Ernesto Romano
7:30 - Q&A Session
8pm Finish

* Upon arrival, please go to the hotel reception and you will be escorted to the artist's studio.

Talking about his creative process, Ernesto writes:
I like to describe my process with the words of a friend who once said: you are progressively dissecting yourself! I think she captured it quite well. I mostly use X-rays and scans of my body and I am constantly searching for new ways of exploring myself with medical records. I recently completed a project with the help of UCL where an MRI of my brain has been converted into a 3D file which was then 3D printed. From the 3D print then a mould was created to make copies of my brain in resin. It was so fascinating. I am thinking of working on my heart next. I like the element of technology behind all of these medical images and scan processes, especially when I mix it with the materiality that is given by the elements I add to my prints such as glitter, gold leaf, spray paint or Swarovski crystals. This added layer, together with the colours I use for my skulls, is what have been shaping for my latest works and I can see it as the direction of my future ones.
In partnership with and kindly supported by Bankside Hotel

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The Cummings Twins

Sat, 14 Sep - Sun, 22 Sep
During the London Design Festival. Contemporary Collective Gallery in partnership with Bankside Hotel, presents The Cummings Twins.
Mark and Paul Cumming’s intention is to create phenomenological experiences, with an interest for the occult, mysticism, technology and zeitgeist. The subject of transcendence is critical to their work and its relationship to contemporary culture. They produce artworks namely sculptures and audio-visual performances too – being multidisciplinary they utilize any medium that suits the project best.
During the London Design Festival, The Cummings Twins will present a series of events and performances including their infamous Gong Performance.

Mark and Paul Cumming’s intention is to create phenomenological experiences, with an interest for the occult, mysticism, technology and zeitgeist. With a specific focus in Hermetic wisdom and Druidic practices the subject of transcendence is critical to their work and its relationship to contemporary culture. They produce artworks namely sculptures and audio-visual performances too – being multidisciplinary they utilize any medium that suits the project best.

The Cummings twins have technology as their mainstay but with maturity their work has flourished with a sense of spirit behind everything they do. Their current projects include ‘Polygondaydream’ that involves the creation of sculptures and also ‘The Mystery School of Sound’ that is a performance music piece relating to Hermeticism and the healing arts.

In 2006 after leaving university studying fine arts Mark and Paul Cummings headed straight for the heart of London settling a stone’s throw away from the Square Mile. They began a project that ran for about three years. Based in the epicenter of the city and immersed themselves in technology and urban culture. This was 10 years before digital Shoreditch and at the infancy of commercialized Internet; before this it was dominated by programmer geeks and not many artists had yet entered this realm.
This was before the noise of the Internet grew and they had a lot of exposure and quickly became renowned for making very intense videos and digital artworks. Photography, video, music, animation and programming were the main tools for the production of shorts, interactive pieces and installations.
They soon became a household name within the digital art scene at the time. They were known as digital Punks working under the pseudonym of AZ2Lab. Their work was showcased around the world in events and exhibitions such as Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and the UK to name a few and they were also very widely published.
This brought attention from the commercial world and they began producing work for Diesel, Nike, Deutsche Telecom and many other international brands. All that was good came to an abrupt end - as they decided to leave advertising and push into the art world.
While still maintaining their digital heritage the twins started painting in earnest back to what they felt was traditional. Producing large-scale landscapes that covered the topic of politics and social critique.
Though seemingly hyperrealist there was always a computer involved at the starting point of the projects. The paintings were readily accepted into the national shows such as Mostyn Contemporary amongst others. The News Presenter John Snow chose the painting titled ‘Roadside’ for his own personal critique when the painting was shortlisted for the prestigious Threadneedle Prize 2010.
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