On Saturday we did’t fancy a heavy night on the tiles so Donna worked her magic and found us this little gem in Rotherhithe to visit.
The Brunel Museum now happily sits in the Brunel Engine House, which originally housed the drainage pumps for the Thames Tunnel.
What is the Thames Tunnel you ask?? Well as you asked so politely -it was a tunnel built under the Thames in 1825 to connect Rotherhithe on the South to Wapping on the north-for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages back in the day!
Unfortunately it’s now part of the London Overground network so you can’t go through it, but the Engine House is definitely worth a visit now that there is definitely no drainage pumping going on!!
This summer there is a cocktail bar on the top of the Engine House and a gig venue below.
It’s nestled right next to the river, so I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps!
Inside Mr Brunel himself watched over us.
In the cocktail garden these wee ones were keeping an eye out.
After a few drinks we headed down into the engine chamber to see an unofficial Last Night of the Proms (hence the union jacks thrust at us!) concert by Horns Aloud.
We had to crawl in a hidden entrance and climb down scaffolding just to get in.
Once the concert had finished we headed back up top for more cocktails and marshmallows over the fire.
Until next time Rotherhithe! We’ll be back!