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Bankside Summer of Culture

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This summer London’s Bankside offers a wide range of exciting events and activities to showcase the diverse cultural offering of the area

Bankside, London, 23 April 2014 – London riverside destination Bankside invites visitors, locals and Londoners to explore a wealth of cultures including food, music and art throughout the historic area.

Be sure to mark your diaries with the following Bankside events taking place this summer:

London Wine Week (2nd- 8th June) – Kick start your cultural journey this summer with London Wine Week. Twelve Bankside bars, restaurants and venues are involved, offering wine-lovers and the wine-curious the opportunity to taste premium wines by the glass. This is the perfect chance to smell, sip and learn about the unique mix of wine and foodie venues in Bankside including Albion, Vinopolis, Union Street Café, The Table, Bedales, CitizenM, Borough Wines and the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe.


Bastille Day Festival (Sunday 13th July) – For the 7th year running Bankside will commemorate France’s national day with London’s largest free Bastille Day event. A feast of French food and culture will take place in Borough Market. Celebrate the French holiday a day early with fun family-friendly activities, live music and street performances. Vinopolis will be hosting masterclasses in French wines.

Watch this space for all things foodie, artistic and musical from Bankside over the Summer of Culture:

Hixter Bankside opens in July – Mark Hix will open first restaurant south of the river this summer. Hixter, the chicken and steak concept, will also feature a Mark’s cocktail bar in the basement.


Open Streets (Saturday 30th August) – For the first time in London this global movement closes Southwark Street to traffic in Bankside to celebrate the area as an open community space.


Merge Festival (18th September – 19th October) - The annual arts, music and performance festival draws upon the contemporary culture and rich heritage of London’s Bankside. A programme of exhibitions, interactive installations and live performances will take place in unusual venues throughout the area.


Notes to Editors

The Bankside Summer of Culture is curated by Better Bankside.

Better Bankside is a Business Improvement District (BID) which exists to make Bankside a better place to work, live and visit. The BID boundary runs from London Bridge in the east to Blackfriars in the west and from the riverside south to Union Street.

Better Bankside is the third BID in the UK, the second in London and the first south of the river. A Business Improvement District (BID) is an independent, business-owned and led company, which seeks to improve a given location for commercial activity. Better Bankside's members are the 480+ companies in the BID area who pay its annual 'levy'. Visit for more information. Get social with Better Bankside on Twitter @BetterBankside.


For more information please contact:

Lisa Henshaw or Flo Levy

Fourth Day PR

+44 (0)20 7403 4411

lisa [at]; Florence [at]

Created Apr 29 2014