More London Free Festival

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© Shelia Burnett

Four months of free fun at London's premiere free outdoor venue

Now in its thirteenth year, the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. 

Running June 3 to September 24, the season begins with a mix of live music and fringe theatre performance (June 3-June 26), including a take on 'Pride and Prejudice' from the redoubtable Pantaloons.

From June 29-July 26 an LED screen will show full coverage of major sporting events such as Wimbledon (Jun 29-Jul 12), the Tour de France (Jul 26), the British Golf Open (Jul 16-19) and The Ashes (Jul 8-12, 16-20).

Then Gods and Monsters Theatre present slimmed down Greek tragedies 'Women of Troy' and kids' show 'Captain Showoff!' by way of theatre (August 5-30). The final focus is film, and from September 2-24 there's a schedule of free screenings, from recent hits ('Still Alice') to cult classics ('Ghostbusters').

In addition there will be a pop-up restaurant named London Riviera that's set to offer 'five months of delicious food and drink inspired by French Riviera chic and Miami glamour' from 8am to 10pm daily.

All events are free and no booking is required, but we recommend you arrive early and bring a cushion. For full event details visit

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Unfortunately, when we went to The London Riviera near City Hall, it was not the best weather to be by the river! But when it is, I imagine this to be heaving with people. With ping pong tables, a cocktail bar, street food and live entertainment, it's got what you want for a night after work.

The cocktails were pretty good and the live music was great but would've been better if it didn't overlap with the music being played from the bar. Food wise, we gave the "Job Lot" a try, you get a helluva lot of food for the price. But as delicious as it looked, the chicken was quite bland and as a pitta, impossible to eat without diving your face into the box. However, the pulled pork was okay as was the slaw. Not a bad place to come for drinks but I wouldn't eat here again.

Kishma S

Using the space next to City Hall, practically underneath Tower Bridge as a summer time pop up is a genius idea.

In addition to the great views there is food, drink and entertainment. The entertainment comes in multiple forms, from ping pong/table tennis (I'm unsure of the difference) to different events taking place in the amphitheater. Most of the week there is live music but there is also movies on Tuesday and mass karaoke on Fridays.

The covered seating area is perfect in case you need to seek cover from the rain (which I did) but there are plenty of other spaces to sit down, enjoy a cocktail and watch the world go by.

Alex PD

The area around on the Thames around London Bridge has long felt like a bit of a wasteland compared to the South Bank a bit further down. The new Londom Riviera is certainly changing that, and is a super fun venue in an area mostly populated by chainy venues and big office blocks.

You can't beat the location looking out over Tower Bridge, and there's things going on most nights - from live music to film screenings. The decor is brilliant and brings much needed cheer to the surroundings.

The food is a bit disappointing, in a city brimming with high-quality and exciting street food the one street food stand on offer was noticably average at best; but the cocktails and drinks were tasty, wth a large variety on offer and all decently priced.

All the staff were great and super helpful - and overall this is an extremely welcome addition to the area.

Ros A

I enjoyed my little after work jaunt to the London Riviera (yep, London totally has a riviera these days, guys!). Well, actually it's the area by Tower Bridge on the South Bank. It's been decked out into a colourful, tropical pop up, with a hint of the Caribbean in its general vibery (not sure that's a word, but roll with me here). 

The staff are super friendly and attentive, the cocktails are garish and strong (you'll get one in a coconut shell with an extra long straw so you can hold it at waist height and just swag it out like a baller. These small touches I like, and I also like the live entertainment happening in the amphitheatre, along with the sizeable food (for £8 you'll get a real feast). Wasn't mad on the chicken wings but I liked everything else and the lime coleslaw was gorgeous. 

I'd be back, perfect place to chill, play ping pong and enjoy any splatters of sunshine throughout the summer. Worth noting there is a little bit of undercover space, in case it rains too. 

Emily W

The London Riviera pop-up is an immersive eating and drinking experience, complete with deck chairs, palm trees, jazzy music and a definite tropical vibe. The pop-up takes you right into holiday mode, but still with epic city views at sundown. In keeping with the tropical theme, the food offering is all freshly prepared and BBQ'd in front of you, go for the pulled pork wrap; a generous serving of tender meat coupled with a sweet, zingy sauce and some oriental type veggies. The cocktails are eclectic and they don't hold back on the booze. The London Riviera makes an ideal summer evening, and the setting is so vibrant that it feels like summer even on a rainy day. 

Sam B

With the London Riviera pop-up in place, the Southbank officially spreads all the way down to the magnificent views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It's a great space that's been transformed into a mini-tropical-paradise, complete with great cocktails, food and music. 

The food is very tasty and in keeping with the tropical vibe (the only thing they are missing is a sweet finish.... BBQ pineapple would've gone down a treat!!). And the cocktails are on the stronger side. I had a caipirinha, and my friend had a prosecco and limoncello concoction. Both were delicious had had the 'ahhhh, that's what I needed' factor. 

London Riviera is one of the official Olympics screening spots, so pray for sunshine and a seat when you get there, and you can cheer on your team in style. 

Violet M

Passed by the London Riviera a few weeks back and wanted to go, so was happy when I got the chance last week with a friend! The space is quite cute and colorful, thankfully there's covered areas in case of rain (which it was when I arrived), lots of  lounge chairs and little tables to sit at. They had happy jazzy music on, which really made the vibe fun. The food from Charcoal Oven was DEVINE, so freaking good. I got the "job" which has barbecue pulled pork and chicken and coleslaw in a pita bread. It was a bit spicy, but in a good way. The margarita I had was just OK, nothing special unfortunately, but at least they had Meantime beer on tap! Great place to visit, and definitely worth it if you have a chance. I imagine when it's sunny it'll be heaving, but how cool is it to lounge in a chair, sipping on a cocktail with wicked views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and East London landmarks - way cool, that's how cool!

Izzy K

I think we all dream about more proper and longer summer in London. But if you can’t have it, you have to make it! London Riviera is one of the places that, even in the rain, can make you feel like you’re in a sunny place (with a little bit of imagination;)

It’s colourful, it’s vibrant and it has everything you need from a water front bar. You can relax on a deckchair, or lay on the wooden beds listening to the bands playing on the More Space stage while enjoying a drink and good food from Hobo.

The cocktails are fantastic (I loved the uber coconutty one served in a real coconut) and not overpriced for the location, the food is good, and the staff super friendly.

There was only one vegetarian option on the menu - pita with grilled halloumi, salad, pickled onion slow and smoky chilli sauce, but it was very tasty. If only they grilled the cheese rather, rather than reheat it (it was dry, clearly prepared earlier), it would be perfect fast food.

The only thing that is missing is sand. Perhaps we could start a petition to the new Mayor of London to turn the hole area around city hall into a massive beach next year?


The London Rivera is the perfect place for after work drinks this summer. They have cocktails, good food with a menu that changes daily and amazing views of the city. I went on a Thursday which was live music day! It was so nice to sit back by the river with a cocktail enjoying the music. It made me feel like I was on holiday rather than an average Thursday eve in London, after a long day at work! I can't fault the food either, it was absolutely delicious and you get so much - have a look at the photo I have attached! I wouldn't let the rain put you off coming here either. It slightly rained when I was there but it wasn't a problem because of the parasols they have up over the tables and there are plenty of places to sit.


London Rivera, great bar with phenomenal views of London, it has a beach feel to it with deck chairs and cocktails in central London.

It's a great place, to meet friends or go on a first date, the atmosphere is very chilled out and fun.

They also have cool cocktails, a couple involving a real coconut and a real pineapple.

Cocktails vary at £6.50-£9 which isn't bad given the location.

They also have a pop

Up restaurant-Hobo, a pulled pork or churn pitta is about £8, unfortunately the fm food want as good as the cocktails, the meat was like warm and the pitta cold, also the sauce on the chick had some sour taste to it. Thankfully the chips were good.

This is a great place to chill out on a summers evening for drinks, my only advice is perhaps eat before hand or after.


Went on a Thursday evening which has threatened rain so kept a lot of people away. Had dinner at Hobo and of course a few cocktails :) The halloumi in my wrap was dry but the pita itself was delicious and crisp (reminded me os a summer roll, bursting with veg and crunch). The wings were phenomenal- falling off the bone and full of flavour. 

The band was just starting up as we dove in our mai tai's and were prett good from what we heard. I wish they would turn off the music when the live bands are playing, else it seems a bit too noisy! 

All in all a great place to sit and watch the world go by!

Daniel L

What's better than good theatre? Good FREE theatre!!! (excluding discretionary donation of course) . Managed to catch Women of Troy, which was a good production overall. The cast was excellent and there was good use of the set and the way the stage is structured. Costumes were immaculate and made the characters come to life. Also, the location next to the river meant a pleasant walk before and after the show too while taking in the views and discussing about the play.


This just keeps getting better as it goes on! AMAZING! Make sure you stay till the end and catch it before it goes! :D such a great night's entertainment! Thank you Scoop!

Madeleine, London

Took my 7 & 10 yr old to see the 18:30 showing: utterly brilliant- loved that the actors came & chatted with the audience before the play started & we were then treated to v high quality drama & comedy, and even a moment of improv when all the children rushed on stage unexpectedly! Go see!


It was amazing. You don't pay for it. You can donate some money thou if you keen to do so. And about food, there is one Tesco, MS, Pret a manger, very near by. So you don't need to pay for expensive vegetables. :-)


I don't drive and don't eat vegetables so as far as I am concerened this was awesome

spooky kid

the 3 plays were great. the first and third plays are the best though. great characters, loved the animatronic owl, and also the furies were fantastic too, though great acting all round, highly recommended show, and its free, amazing!!!