4000 square feet of al fresco drinking; a sprawling selection of food traders, including a bunch of great vegan options, cheese wheel pasta, and frozen cocktails, and London's first licensed Tejo 'field', where you can try your hand at the (literally) explosive, gunpowder powered Columbian throwing sport. Between The Bridges is talking a big game.
The new outdoor bar space has just opened on the stretch between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye (previous home of Underbelly Festival, now moved to Cavendish Square near Oxford Street for 2021), and they're offering punters a packed programme — including performances from Nabihah Iqbal, Erol Alkan, and Old Dirty Brasstards, among others.
Food options include tacos from Club Mexicana, cheeseburgers from Burger and Beyond, crunchy fried potatoes from Flank (we recommend the upgrade to get them covered in their chilli sambal sauce), and the gloopy, gorgeous mapo tofu from Rice Guys.
Tables range from some with shelter, near the main stage, to others in the sun trap big courtyard — music can get relatively pounding so be prepared to shout over the beats or switch seats as needed.
Good food, great bar staff to table ratio — and some very good people watching, thanks to the, um, volatile nature of Tejo. BTB's the sort of place where your quick after work drink could accidentally stretch into a long summer evening. Pack your suncream, and start flexing that throwing arm.
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Entry to Between The Bridges is free, apart from on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm when entry is £5. Book tables and activity tickets here.