The Art of Bottomless Brunch

Wed, 28 Aug - Fri, 01 Jan 12noon - 4pm
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen
Bankside London SE1 9TG
Saturdays and Sundays 11.30am - 4pm

Art Yard Bar & Kitchen has weekend brunch down to a fine art; Delicious food, a live DJ playing laid-back beats and free-flowing drinks*. 

The kitchen takes top quality ingredients and uses them to make delicious food and drinks, some are healthy, some positively NAUGHTY. Bottomless brunches are our thing... 

for £45pp* you can enjoy a small plate, a large plate and a choice of free-flowing prosecco, mimosa or bellini. 

Art Yard, an informal all-day restaurant is a great place to hang out before or after exploring all that the creative South Bank hub has to offer. 

*Always drink responsibly. Your table will be required back after two hours.


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Bankside Through and Artists Eye (with a cocktail)

Mon, 04 Nov - Wed, 30 Sep
South Bank Area and Art Yard Bankside - £78pp

Walk Bank Side London with a prominent local artist to see the city, captured and retold through a creative lens.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art and wondered what it must be like to see a city as an artist does? This tour will take you on a journey into the minds of artists present and past — helping you live, breathe and feel London’s streets, landmarks and culture — to understand what affects the way they see and ultimately depict the city that inspires their practice. 

  • Meet your artist guide in the lobby of the Bankside Hotel.
  • Visit the Tate Modern and be awed by Turbine Hall.
  • Cross Millennium Bridge, fondly called Wobbly Bridge by locals.
  • Visit the National Theatre and decide for yourself if the brutalist architecture is a treasured time capsule to preserve or an eye sore to the SE1 skyline.
  • Learn the complex history of  Undercroft Skatepark and the celebrities who got involved in the coalition to protect the park from developers.
  • Visit the Maker in Residence studio at the Bankside hotel.
  • Enjoy a cocktail from Art Yard Bar & Restaurant on the Bankside Hotel terrace.
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Bankside's Pubs and Pints Experience

Tue, 05 Nov - Tue, 01 Dec
South Bank Neighbourhood - £73pp

Discover London’s beer history with a local artist, and enjoy a few cold ones along the way.

On this local beer and art tour of the South Bank neighbourhood, your artist guide will illuminate the myriad ways that beauty is in the art of the beer-holder. 

  • Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Bankside Hotel.
  • Begin your walk over a chat about why artists and tipples have always seemed to go hand in hand.
  • Pop into the Tate Modern’s collection 'Materials and Objects' to enjoy the way artists have influenced the design of everyday objects, including beer bottles and cans.
  • Feeling thirsty? Grab a beer from the current local brewery take-over at Tate Modern Terrace Bar (price of beer not included).
  • Take a stroll along the riverfront to Sutton Walk and discuss the neighborhood’s meteoric rise as a centre of modern art in all forms. 
  • Learn about the history of brewing in Southbank and how many of the 19th century breweries came to be replaced by performance complexes like Southbank Centre.
  • Enjoy a cold beer and a chat with your artist guide at Art Yard Bar in the Bankside Hotel.
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Flat Iron Square

Tue, 05 Nov - Thu, 30 Apr
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:
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Globe Theatre Guided Tour

Wed, 01 Jan - Thu, 31 Dec
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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Ottelien Huckin

Mon, 13 Jan - Fri, 13 Mar
2 Blackfriars Road London SE1 9JU
Ottelien Huckin artist in residence 13 Jan - 13 March 2020

Ottelien Huckin is a Bath and London based artist. Graduating from a degree in Fine Art: Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 and a diploma from The Sotheby’s Institute: Foundations of Western History of Art in 2018, Ottelien has previously exhibited across the UK; including a solo show at 44AD artspace and gallery, Bath and The Mall Galleries, London with The Royal Society of British Artists: RBA Rome Scholarship. Most recently, Ottelien was a finalist for The Signature Art Prize 2019, showing her work at Bankside Hotel and Trinity Art Gallery, London.

'Powerful, sensual, painful, vulnerable, joyful - when I draw or paint the female figure I often contemplate what it means to inhabit my own body. Entrenched in a long art historical discourse dictated by ‘the male gaze’, my practice aims to reveal the nude in an autonomous, empowered and sensual way by reinterpreting old master drawings with my own life drawing observations and intuition. Either in the immediacy of an encounter or in the fragility of a memory, drawing is a personal and authentic form of expression in my practice. Drawing directly onto canvas with oil bar, my practice seeks to capture the qualities of a preparatory sketch. It is an exploratory process, allowing each mark to land as an expressive catalyst for the next. The staining nature of the medium mimics that of charcoal traditionally used in the academic style of figure drawing. Using bold colour pigments I aim to reject the ideas of classical draughtsmanship and question the hierarchy of painting by raising the status of the preparatory drawing to canvas.'

Visit Ottelien in Bankside's ground floor studio from 13th Jan - 13th March 2020.

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ENDGAME - The Old Vic Theatre

Mon, 27 Jan - Sat, 28 Mar
The Old Vic
The Cut, London SE1 8NB
‘Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’
‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’
‘What have you done with your bicycle?’
‘I never had a bicycle.’

Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, old and blind, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence.

Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Cabaret), Daniel Radcliffe (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Harry Potter film series), Jane Horrocks (King Lear, Absolutely Fabulous) and Karl Johnson (King Lear, Mum) in Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die.

Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, in which two men discuss the fate of the other man in the room, who never speaks. This will be performed by members of the company.
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Death of a salesman - Young Vic

Wed, 05 Feb - Sat, 21 Mar
Young Vic
66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
‘You’ve lies in the whites of your eyes, Nora. What have you done…?’

Nora is the perfect wife and mother. She is dutiful, beautiful and everything is always in its right place. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, her life rapidly unravels. Over the course of three days, Nora must fight to protect herself and her family or risk losing everything.
Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new production of Stef Smith’s acclaimed new play was originally produced at Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties and modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past 100 years?

With Mark Arends, Natalie Klamar, Luke Norris, Amaka Okafor, Anna Russell-Martin, Zephryn Taitte

Age guidance: 14+

Image Credit: Nora: A Doll's House. Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic.
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Meet Vincent Van Gogh

Fri, 07 Feb - Thu, 21 May
South Bank
Upper Ground, SE1 9PP
At the Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience, you can truly become part of Vincent van Gogh's life and most recognised works. Nothing is off limits and you can touch everything in the Experience. Get up close to large recreations of Van Gogh’s works, feel the technique of his brush strokes and pull up a seat at the Potato Eaters table. Climb a golden haystack in Arles and take a selfie in a life sized recreation of Vincent’s bedroom, while listening to the stories behind his artworks. Meanwhile, interactive stations, beautiful projections and a free audio guide will teach you everything you need to know about Vincent van Gogh.

Meet Vincent van Gogh is an enriching and accessible experience for the whole family, art lovers and beginners alike. Filled with activities and an audio guide to listen that reveals all aspects of the artist’s life, this fully immersive experience allows you understand the influences and techniques behind Van Gogh’s most loved works.
  • Take a closer look at Vincent’s techniques, materials and tools.
  • Embark on an exciting quest with the Children’s Scavenger Hunt.
  • Sit on Van Gogh’s bed and explore the Yellow House.
  • Create your own self portrait in Van Gogh's style.
  • Sit at the Potato Eaters table, and take an art lesson taught in Van Gogh’s own words.
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The Taming of the Shrew

Fri, 14 Feb - Sat, 18 Apr
21 New Globe Walk Bankside London SE1 9DT
Katharina and Bianca, the daughters of a rich man of Padua, are ready to marry. The game is simple: the youngest can be won only if the eldest finds her equal. But Katharina is strong-willed and not afraid to challenge the rules. Who will be able to rival her? The hunt is on.

Accompanied by live music and song in the unique and intimate setting of the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Taming of the Shrew questions the essence of Man and Woman, the feminine and the masculine, and searches for answers in the realm of the wondrous.

In an exciting and experimental production, roles for The Taming of the Shrew are to be played by different company members at different performances.
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Fri, 14 Feb - Sun, 15 Mar
Bankside London SE1 9TG
The most comprehensive retrospective of Dora Maar ever held

During the 1930s, Dora Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism.

Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects. In Europe’s increasingly fraught political climate, Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time.

Her relationship with Pablo Picasso had a profound effect on both their careers. She documented the creation of his most political work, Guernica 1937. He painted her many times, including Weeping Woman 1937. Together they made a series of portraits combining experimental photographic and printmaking techniques.

In middle and later life Maar withdrew from photography. She concentrated on painting and found stimulation and solace in poetry, religion, and philosophy, returning to her darkroom only in her seventies.

This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

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Pai Skincare Consultations

Mon, 24 Feb - Sun, 01 Mar
Bankside Hotel
Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd, Upper Ground London SE1 9JU
Bankside have teamed up with Pai Skincare, the British organic skincare range especially designed for sensitive skin. From Monday 24th February to Sunday 1st March Pai will hold a week-long consultation residency at Bankside Hotel. Their sensitive skin coaches will be on hand to offer 30-minute face-to-face consultations. 

Looking holistically at everything from diet to lifestyle to your current skincare regime, they will help you understand your skin’s triggers and provide advice tailored specifically to you.

A booking fee of £5 includes samples tailored to your skin, as well as an exclusive Pai gift. You'll be entered into a competition to win an overnight stay at Bankside Hotel along with a full Pai Skincare nighttime routine. We’ll also offer a 15% off discount for any products purchased on the day.
If you’re not able to visit our London pop-up, you can book a complimentary phone or video consultation on

Pai Skincare is a certified natural and organic skincare brand, with products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Taking its name from the Maori word for 'goodness', Pai believes in products that are good for skin, and for the environment. They offer one-to-one consultations with their team of holistic skin experts.

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Eat Art-Art Yard - An intimate three course dinner hosted by Ottelien Huckin

Fri, 28 Feb - Fri, 28 Feb 19.00 | £45pp | 15 spaces available
Art Yard Private Room
Bankside Hotel, Upper Ground London SE1 9JU
An intimate three course dinner hosted by Ottelien Huckin 

Join Bankside Hotel’s current artist in residence Ottelien Huckin for an evening of culture and cuisine in the private dining room at Art Yard. Enjoy a ‘round the table’ discussion about Ottelien’s practice and approach whilst experiencing a three-course visual feast prepared by Head Chef Stephen Englefield. Reflecting the restaurants passion for art and creativity Stephen has created a menu inspired by Ottelien’s work, exploring her use of bold pigments and sensual lines. 

Ottelien Huckin is part of an ever-changing programme of artists in residence at Bankside Hotel’s maker's studio. Bankside provides a permanent creative space and working with curators Contemporary Collective who champion up-and-coming creatives, covering a wide range of disciplines including design, painting, sculpture, film, drawing, printmaking, installation, new media and photography. Bankside and ArtYard Bar & Kitchen guests are able to watch artists practice their creative expertise and so be taken on an informative and artistic journey.


Glass of English Sparking Wine 

Marinated tuna & scallop tartare, ruby grapefruit, avocado, wasabi
Steamed wild Sea Bass, bluefoot mushroom, blue basil, beetroot infused hot & sour broth 
White chocolate & rhubarb cheesecake, crystallised rose petal, orange blossom
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Wed, 04 Mar - Sun, 17 May
Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 8XX
Among the Trees transports us around the world – from Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden.

By drawing attention to the beauty, scale and complexity of trees and forests, the 38 artists in this exhibition turn our vision of the natural world on its head, inviting us to see it with new eyes.

Whether exploring the way that trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, or revealing how they are intimately entangled with human affairs, these artists enliven and expand our appreciation of these remarkable organisms.

Alongside sculptures and installations, drawings, paintings and photographs, there are artworks that celebrate the soaring scale of trees. These include a monumental sculpture cast from a 2,000-year-old olive tree by Ugo Rondinone; a cinematic portrait of a 30-metre-high spruce tree by Eija-Liisa Ahtila; and a vast forest of trees constructed entirely from cardboard by Eva Jospin.

Featured artists
Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yto Barrada, Johanna Calle, Gillian Carnegie, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Everberg, Anya Gallaccio, Simryn Gill, Rodney Graham, Shi Guowei, Hugh Hayden, Eva Jospin, Kazuo Kadonaga, William Kentridge, Toba Khedoori, Luisa Lambri, Myoung Ho Lee, Zoe Leonard, Robert Longo, Sally Mann, Steve McQueen, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Mariele Neudecker, Virginia Overton, Roxy Paine, Giuseppe Penone, Abel Rodríguez, Ugo Rondinone, George Shaw, Robert Smithson, Jennifer Steinkamp, Thomas Struth, Rachel Sussman, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jeff Wall.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Images: ©Myoung Ho Lee, Tree... #2, 2012. Courtesy Myoung Ho Lee and Gallery Hyundai.  ©Shi Guowei, Pine, 2016   Image courtesy of the artist and Magician Space, Beijing
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Wed, 11 Mar - Wed, 11 Mar 18:30 to 20:30
Bankside Hotel, Upper Ground London SE1 9JU
Our current artist in residence, ottelien huckin will be hosting an intimate ‘meet the artist’ evening event at Bankside Hotel’s studio space.

Current artist in residence Ottelien Huckin, will talk about the unique experience of working from the hotel's studio and display the artwork she has produced whilst in residence. She will discuss her practice and share her inspiration and influences including the immediacy of an encounter and the fragility of a memory. 

Ottelien is a Bath and London based artist. Graduating from a degree in Fine Art: Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 and a diploma from The Sotheby’s Institute: Foundations of Western History of Art in 2018, She has previously exhibited across the UK; including a solo show at 44AD artspace and gallery, Bath and The Mall Galleries, London with The Royal Society of British Artists: RBA Rome Scholarship. Most recently, Ottelien was a finalist for The Signature Art Prize 2019, showing her work at Bankside Hotel and Trinity Art Gallery, London.

Ottelien Huckin is part of an ever-changing programme of artists in residence at Bankside Hotel’s maker's studio. Bankside provides a permanent creative space and working with curators Contemporary Collective champion up-and-coming creatives, covering a wide range of disciplines including design, painting, sculpture, film, drawing, printmaking, installation, new media and photography. During their stay, Bankside guests are able to watch artists practice their creative expertise and so be taken on an informative and artistic journey.

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ANDY WARHOL - Tate Modern

Thu, 12 Mar - Sun, 06 Sep
Tate Modern
Bankside London SE1 9TG
A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar

Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – and changed modern art in the process.

He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.?

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Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Tue, 14 Apr - Sun, 12 Jul
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk
Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy speaks of destiny, chance and fortune all sparked by a historic family feud.

Romeo and Juliet die. It’s not a spoiler. It’s written in the stars. Fate. Final. Finite.

But what if it isn’t?

What might have happened if other choices had been made?
What if all the tragedy and heartache could have been avoided?
What if the loss of those young lives could have been prevented?
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Tue, 19 May - Sat, 23 May
London Gate, Royal Hospital Road
Royal Hospital Chelsea SW3 4SR
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is considered by many to be the most important event in the horticultural calendar. Held since 1912, the show includes large-scale gardens designed by leading names, a feature that has been described as a horticultural catwalk. Other highlights include The Floral Marquee and smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban gardens. New plant varieties are often launched at the Show.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show can be easily reached on the District and Circle tube lines. Trains can be taken from Blackfriars Underground Station, just a 6 minute walk from Bankside Hotel. 
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Grace Jones Meltdown 2020

Fri, 12 Jun - Sun, 21 Jun
Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Music, film and fashion icon Grace Jones curates Meltdown 2020, the 27th edition of the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival. For her line-up, Jones brings together artists from across the globe, including Solange, Peaches, Skunk Anansie, Jimmy Cliff and Baaba Maal.

One of the most recognised figures of contemporary culture, Jones has had an enduring influence on countless artists from Björk to Lady Gaga with her attitude of fierce individuality and fearless self-expression. She continues to perform globally, captivating audiences with her musicianship, extravagant outfits and wild performances.

Taking the world by storm as one of the first black supermodels in the early 1970s, she went on to release a string of acclaimed albums including Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. Her bold, androgynous image has made her a muse to artists and designers including Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler and Andy Warhol.

“By the time I close the festival with my performance, everyone who has attended any one of these shows will have had an incredible live concert experience, given to them with love from me” Grace Jones
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