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The Beckford

The Beckford will open on 21 June 2021.

The Beckford is a new bar brought to you by Bristol SU which will be part of the Source Marketplace food court in Senate House. It will be a perfect space to meet friends for a drink, hold small student group socials, or relax after studying.

The bar is named after the iconic Carmen Beckford, one of the founders of St Paul's Carnival and Bristol’s first Race Relations Officer. The name for the space was chosen in an online vote by Bristol students. There will be a mural of Carmen on the wall, painted by local black artist Natasha Sweeting.

The Beckford will serve hot drinks, soft drinks and alcohol, with a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Students can also bring food from the food court to eat here.

The Beckford will open on 21 June and will remain open throughout the summer in line with Senate House opening hours.

I am very excited for the opening of The Beckford and the SU Loft in Senate House. We had such a positive response after the opening the SU Living Room - I’m pleased we can create more places on campus where students can relax, socialise and even heat up their own food! Spaces like these help build student communities, which are so important. We have been liaising with the uni for this space for the last three years, so we are very excited they are finally opening.
-    Julio Mkok, Bristol SU Union Affairs Officer

Find us on the ground floor of Senate House, 24 Tyndall Ave, Bristol, BS8 1TQ


Meet The Artist: Natasha Sweeting

Inside The Beckford you'll be able to see a mural of Carmen Beckford, Bristol's first Race Relations Officer and a founder of St Paul's Carnival, painted by Natasha Sweeting.

Born to a Tanzanian mother and a British father in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Natasha Sweeting’s artistic endeavours began at a young age influenced by the bright bold colours and strong shapes often favoured by African cultures.

While in school, she developed an interest in portrait painting and was especially drawn to the untold stories behind people’s expressions and the power of the gaze.

Natasha Sweeting in her painting studio