When the sun shines in London, there’s no better place to be than by the river. So it’s rather nice that London has a three-month festival overlooking the Thames at Tower Bridge. Returning for another (hopefully) glorious summer of sun, Summer by the River has once again set up three London Bridge locations, laying on a programme of free, summery events until September rolls around.
We’ll overlook the less-than-imaginative name, because Summer by the River is in fact the largest free arts and entertainment festival in the capital. They’ll bring #summervibes to London Bridge City, by transforming a stretch of riverside from London Bridge Pier to City Hall into a beachy homage to 1930s Miami. So, what can you expect from nearly 100 days of entertainment?
Aside from the pretty special views of Tower Bridge and its surroundings, Summer by the River will be laying on a programme of food and entertainment. Expect some top-notch outdoor fitness classes, plenty of music, and a classic play with a somewhat contemporary touch (we’ll get to that).
The Riverside Terrace Bar overlooking The Scoop will represent one of two Miami-inspired bars, complete with empanadas and piña coladas. The second? That comes in the form of Taqueria Garcia, which will spice up your life with tacos and tequila.
From June 27 attendees can also head down for the prime spot to watch some grand slam tennis, as Wimbledon kicks off for two weeks in the capital.
And, envoking the spirit of Miami, you can expect a themed party atmosphere each day. Karaoke backed by a gospel choir (heard of this concept? No. Overcome with the need to try it on a night out? Absolutely) thanks to Gospeloke; lively performances at Dabber’s Bingo; workshops and dance battles from Hip Hop Weekender; a modern rendition of Twelfth Night set in Love Island (yes, really); stages including BBC Introducing and Folk And Roots; plus much more can all be found at the free event of the summer.
Seriously, you’ll have to actively have to work to be bored here. So, if it’s riverside revels you’re after this summer – without breaking the bank – then Summer by the River should float your boat nicely. You have until September 2.
Also published on Medium.