London’s Biggest Beer Garden Opens on the South Bank

London’s largest outdoor drinking area has opened as part of a huge new entertainment and street food venue on the South Bank

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London’s South Bank is no stranger to reinvention, constantly offering cool new venues as the capital continues to shape-shift.

Since the arrival of Festival of Britain in 1951 it has been a magnet for culture, with The National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall stalwarts of the arts on the South Bank, as other venues pop-up and slip away between the gaps.

The latest to fill the spot between the Royal Festival Hall and County Hall is the aptly named Between the Bridges (since it sits between Hungerford and Westminster bridges, on the former site of London Wonderground and Underbelly) and is now home London’s largest outdoor drinking area, measuring over 4,000 sq ft.

In situ for the summer, the brand new venue will offer an eclectic programme of entertainment – from live music to mini golf and drag brunches to craft markets – three bars, eight street food offerings and the UK debut of Tejo, a Colombian game that’s almost as popular as football in its home country.

Launched by the organisers of Winterville and Brockwell Park Festivals, Between the Bridges’ mammoth entertainment line-up includes the like of Gilles Peterson, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Madness legend Suggs and Norman Jay MBE hosting DJ sets.

Other activities include mini golf, weekly themed markets, drag brunches with Ru Paul’s Drag Race favourites, and takeovers from Guilty Pleasures and tweed-clad 10-piece brass powerhouse Old Dirty Brasstards.

Food stalls, include festival favourites such as Burger and Beyond, The Cheese Wheel, Flank, Rice Guys and Secret Nicky’s Frozen Custard.

Entry into Between The Bridges is free apart from Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm, when entry is £5. Advance table booking is recommended. See betweenthebridges.co.uk

 

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