Summer at the Brunel Museum
In November 1827, after a number of flooding events had left the Thames Tunnel company directors feeling understandably nervous, engineer and PR wizard Isambard Kingdom Brunel decided to host a banquet in the tunnel. The drink flowed and there was music courtesy of the Coldstream Guards – and there will be plenty of both this summer at the Museum.
From an exploration of the earth beneath our feet, to a series of concerts inspired by the Museum’s riverside location – not to mention the much anticipated return of Midnight Apothecary’s rooftop bar – there’s plenty to do this summer at the Brunel Museum.
Various dates | 7pm to 9pm | Bar opens at 6.30pm
The Brunels hosted the first underground concert party here in 1827 and DEBUT are continuing the tradition! DEBUT’s concerts at Brunel Museum offers awe-inspiring performances, time to chat to your favourite musicians and the chance to learn more about Brunel’s remarkable feat of engineering. Hosted by soprano Lizzie Holmes (Royal Opera House, The Phantom of the Opera) join us as we showcase some of the most exciting classical musicians from across the UK every month.
Journey Time: Life’s River
Thursday 23 June | 7.30pm to 9pm
A new work by David Braid (words & music) for soprano, mandolin, guitar, viola and sound design written especially for performance at the museums’ Tunnel Shaft. The work deals with our life journeys – Come and discover your own journey: where will you end up?
Thursday 30 June | 7pm to 9pm | £5 per ticket
Poet, author and Rotherhithe local Tom Chivers presents an evening of talks and performance exploring the world of his acclaimed book London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City, with special guests to be announced.
Praise for London Clay:
‘Beautifully realised and moving’ Financial Times ‘Action-packed, erudite’ The Times‘Incredible… You’ll never look at the city in the same way again’ Londonist
Saturdays until 25 June | 5pm to 7pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Summer cocktails in our enchanted candle-lit roof garden at the Brunel Museum are back with optional underground tours of Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall to the Thames Tunnel.
Voted one of London’s best outdoor pop-up cocktail bars since 2012, we specialise in lovingly prepared seasonal botanical cocktails round a campfire made by Midnight Apothecary founder Lottie Muir AKA The Cocktail Gardener. We built the garden in 2012 as an oasis where we invite you to cuddle up and watch the sun set surrounded by your friends, lovers and local wildlife.