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Merge FestivalThe Merge Festival is an annual celebration of art, performance and music held at various venues in the Bankside area. For just over a month, Illuminate Productions curate a series of performances, events and happenings which draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of the area. At last year's festival Alex Chinneck hit the headlines with his upside down building and in 2014 he's back, this time creating a life size house out of 8,000 wax bricks. Head to 40 Southwark Street, SE1 9HP, to see the life size building melt to the ground during the festival. Look out for artistic happenings in unusual venues and performances on The Riverside Stage by the Millennium Bridge showcasing live music and promoting original song writing. Eyes down for Candy Chang's psychological questions stenciled onto pavements, and you'll need to call on all your senses for Bompas and Parr's installation which addresses this year's festival theme of art and science. Even better, the vast majority of exhibitions and events are free.

 

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Southwark Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Borough Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
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London Bridge Railway Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
Waterloo Railway Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
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Union Car Park
 
3 minutes walk
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £89  21% off
20 Lavington S, SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
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London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £67  41% off
103-109 Southwark Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
Located in the bustling heart of London's arts scene, with the capital's finest theatres, concert halls and cinemas just a short stroll away, this is a ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £98  41% off
2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ... More
 
 
 
 
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Texture And Photography
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 11th January 2016 to 31st August 2017 - Various Times
Merge Festival, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
Works bringing together three different approaches to the relationship between form and texture in photography from three distinct moments in the 20th century, highlighting the camera's ...More
 
 
 
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Project Space: Ryan L Moule: Vessels And Vestiges
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 22nd to 26th Aug 2017 - Various Times
Merge Festival, 171 Union Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
Chemically unfixed photographic prints by the Swansea-based artist, exploring the analogue medium as a means of investigating themes of fragility and uncertainty....More
 
 
 
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Jerwood Makers Open 2017
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 22nd to 27th Aug 2017 - Various Times
Merge Festival, 171 Union Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
This replica of the Shakespeare's 16th century theatre, reconstructed just 200 yards from its original site, is the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. ... More
 
 
 
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The Sam Wanamaker Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
For the first time since it opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has the facilities to present plays throughout the year at The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, a ... More
 
 
 
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The Union Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
229 Union Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
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Contemporary Applied Arts
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
89 Southwark Street, Fitzrovia, London SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
Founded in 1948 to promote and champion British craft, Contemporary Applied Arts operates a modern gallery space at 89 Southwark Street as a showcase of the ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Modern
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, Bankside, London SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
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O W Loeb
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
3 Archie Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from Merge Festival
Specialists in fine German wine, this shop has moved to larger premises and taken its customers with it - they have a deserved reputation for excellence ... More
 
 
 
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Burnt Lemon Bakery
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from Merge Festival
Founded by chef and baker Matthew Dryden in early 2016, Burnt Lemon Bakery is serious about sourdough breads, made exclusively with organic flours milled in the ... More
 
 
 
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
10 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Merge Festival
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This ... More
 
 
 
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Tortilla
London > Restaurants > Mexican restaurants
106 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
Tacos and burritos are the order of the day at this cheap, fresh Mexican. In fact it's so fresh and healthy it's more of a California-Mexican ... More
 
 
 
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Tsuru
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
4 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
2 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 15 minutes from Merge Festival
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London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 16 minutes from Merge Festival
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London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 18 minutes from Merge Festival
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Agua Bathhouse and Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Merge Festival
Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Bathhouse and Spa within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Bringing ... More
 
 
 
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Merge Festival
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
 
 
 
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 9 minutes from Merge Festival
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Charles Dickens
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
160 Union Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from Merge Festival
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Merge Festival
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More
 
 
 
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The Anchor & Hope
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Merge Festival
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Viva Verdi
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
6 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Merge Festival
Located just behind the Tate Modern is the delightful wine bar Viva Verdi where the prosciutto is served with piles of Palma ham, just like in ... More
 
 
 
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The Distillery
London > Nightlife > Bars
Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
Cocktails incorporating homemade aromatics hark back to the heritage of the site of The Distillery , the ... More
 
 
 
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Union Street Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
47-51 Union Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Merge Festival
A local urban living room found beneath Union Street Cafe in Borough, Union Street Bar is Gordon Ramsay's first destination bar. Open until 2am on Thursday, ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Modern
London > Business > Venue Hire
Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 2 minutes from Merge Festival
Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of ... More
 
 
 
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Vinopolis
London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Merge Festival
This conference and event venue caters for between 10 and 1250 guests. Ideal for dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, product launches & AGMs. ... More
 
 
 
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The Mermaid
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Mermaid, Puddledock, City, London EC4V | 7 minutes from Merge Festival
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