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Hop on board for a playful way to discover the capital’s extraordinary built environment

(31 May 2019) MBNA Thames Clippers, London’s leading River Bus service, is taking part in London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the world’s largest celebration of the built environment. Partnering with Team London Bridge and New London Architecture (NLA) respectively, MBNA Thames Clippers will deliver two very different architecturally-inspired events.

For the “Boats, Bridges and Boundaries: Art Cruise”, hop on board and grab one of the brightly coloured activity packs as you board at London Bridge City Pier, from 1 to 30 June 2019. Inspired by the river and the Bauhaus movement, the pack contains stickers and playful drawing activities based on the architecture of the river, encouraging passengers of all ages to let their creativity loose and design boats and bridges.

Return to London Bridge City Pier to post your creation into an otherworldly Bauhaus Postbox for a chance to win one of three prizes (or – less excitingly! – return to the Freepost address provided). The machine will then generate new challenges to fulfil in the London Bridge area.

The “Boats, Bridges and Boundaries: Art Cruise” activity pack is included in the price of a regular MBNA Thames Clippers ticket from single to return or River Roamer tickets. Kids go free with a Family River Roamer, an all-day hop-on hop-off ticket for two adults and up to three children (15 years and under; kids under five years travel for free as standard) for just £35.60 when you book online.

Designed for anyone aged four and above to enjoy, this free family activity has been created in partnership with Team London Bridge,   designed by Pencil and Help. Visit www.thamesclippers.com/boatsandbridges for more information.

In an exciting new collaboration with NLA, MBNA Thames Clippers will host two bespoke guided architecture tours on the river Thames, also as part of London Festival of Architecture. You will explore London’s changing skyline from the water, as one tour heads east, one west, to discover how the river has helped to shape the city’s built environment for nearly two thousand years. 

City Skyline East: London Bridge to the Royal Docks (12 June 2019) explores the iconic City of London’s skyline from the river en route to the rapidly changing Royal Docks via historic Greenwich.

City Skyline West: London Bridge to Wandsworth (22 June 2019) takes in some of the capital’s greatest monuments and discover the dramatic transformation of Nine Elms and Battersea.

Both tours last just over an hour, cost £28 per person (including VAT) and are bookable via the NLA website, www.newlondonarchitecture.org/whats-on/events/2019/june-2019/

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About MBNA Thames Clippers 
MBNA Thames Clippers is the leading River Bus service on the River Thames. Services run at 20 minute intervals between key London piers including North Greenwich for The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge City, Westminster and London Eye for Waterloo, as well as several residential piers.

In April 2013 the company won the contract to run a River Bus service from Putney to Blackfriars. Boats now also stop at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter, Chelsea Harbour and Cadogan Pier, bringing the total to 22 piers across the capital including the most recently opened Battersea Power Station Pier. Co-founded in 1999 by Sean Collins (CEO) and Alan Woods (former Chairman), the company began with one boat servicing 80 passengers a day between Greenland (Rotherhithe) and Savoy piers.

Now 20 years on, numbers have risen to 4.2 million passengers in 2018. Passengers are able to use contactless payment and Oyster pay as you go with MBNA Thames Clippers, making river travel even easier.

In 2006 AEG, owners and operators of The O2, acquired the majority stake in the company and since then the fleet has now grown substantially to 19 vessels, including Venus Clipper. River Bus Express for The O2 is an additional fast direct service connecting London Eye and London Bridge to The O2 at North Greenwich on arena event nights.

For more information visit the website www.mbnathamesclippers.com or follow @ThamesClippers on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

About MBNA 
MBNA Limited is part of Lloyds Banking Group plc. It is one of the UK’s leading credit card firms and was voted by customers as Credit Card Provider of the Year for the fifth year running in the Moneyfacts Consumer Awards.  For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.mbna.co.uk/news.

About Team London Bridge

Team London Bridge’s vision is to ensure London Bridge excels as a leading place for global commerce and continues to develop as a pioneering local centre for enterprise, culture and entertainment. Team London Bridge launched the London Bridge Culture Strategy in 2018. The Culture Strategy commits to shifting the perception of London Bridge as a destination ‘to go to’ rather than ‘go through’. @teamlondonbdg / @atlondonbridge.

www.Teamlondonbridge.co.uk  / atlondonbridge.com

About New London Architecture (NLA)

NLA is the independent centre for London’s built environment, where professionals, politicians and the public can meet, learn and have a voice on the future shape of London. We bring people and ideas together to shape a better city.

About Pencil & Help

Pencil & Help is a collaborative design and illustration practice with a unique approach, delivering socially engaged projects to our clients. Founded in 2013 by Mark Oliver and Mark Long, Pencil & Help are visual artists with established personal practices, a background in education and an interest in collaborative approaches to design and illustration. https://www.pencilandhelp.co.uk

About London Festival of Architecture (LFA)

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival and is exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’ in 2019.  The LFA’s mission is to support London’s architectural and design talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places.  Every June it celebrates innovation and design through a public programme that showcases London as a global architectural hub and promotes positive change to its public realm.  The theme for the 2018 event – identity – inspired over 500 events across the capital, attracting 600,000 visitors and a global audience of 122 million.  A year-round programme of design competitions, design charrettes, campaigns and other activities also champions London as the best place in the world to practice and enjoy architecture. Twitter: @LFArchitecture Instagram: @LondonFestivalofArchitecturewww.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org