15th September 2007
Southwark Bridge, London EC4R 1QS
‘Feast on the Bridge’
Ten years on and we’re into what you could call the golden era of The (Mayor’s) Thames Festival – ie: it had sufficient funding to be able to provide a varied programme of eclectic and fun events, yet hadn’t become too popular you’d find yourself constantly shuffling through dense crowds of ambling tourists.
And this particular year saw the introduction of one of its most popular innovations: the closing of Southwark Bridge for the day to create one long feasting experience, with a variety of food stalls, a music stage and plenty of other distractions (including one of the last appearances of the legendary Budgie Man)
A creation of innovative event curator Clare Patey (‘1001Books’ eh? That’s novel), the rare opportunity to be able to spend a late summer’s afternoon and evening eating and drinking on a bridge crossing the river [something you won’t be able to do on another proposed crossing] was so seductive we managed to miss pretty much all the rest of the day’s major entertainments (although we did have to nip across to the Spitz Gallery for a few hours mid-afternoon to be at some photo exhibition).