London Design Festival ’19 is returning for another year to a variety of venues and institutes across the city and if you’re a design fanatic like us then you absolutely need to get involved! Promoting London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community, the festival kicks off on 14thSeptember and to celebrate, here’s an insight into the best design-led event venues taking pride of place in our beloved capital.
The Design Museum
We couldn’t celebrate London Design Festival without mentioning the world’s leading museum devoted to design now, could we? The cultural landmark located on High Street Kensington has been exquisitely composed, with some of the venue’s original features still intact including the fascinating paraboloid roof, making it a real post war architectural beauty. With a whole host of exhibitions and event spaces, be sure to hold your next event here if you’re looking to inspire and impress your guests.
The Violin Factory
What was once an actual violin factory (the name gives it away), has now been transformed into an architectural masterpiece and one of the most unique event venues in central London. From striking wooden beams and exposed brickwork to sleek glass panels, not to mention the spectacular 30-ft high vaulted reception, the authenticity, boldness and futuristic feel are just some of the reasons Violin Factory was featured on the TV show Grand Designs.
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron of the Tate Modern, this impressive structure bagged itself the Stirling Prize for Architecture back in 2003. This one-of-a-kind event space in the heart of Greenwich has a reputation for inspiring young creatives, being a merger of the well-known Trinity College of Music and Laban Dance Centre. From the stylish 300-seater Theatre to the unique alfresco amphitheatre, there’s a variety of design-led event spaces ideal for innovative brands and creative minds.
Renowned architect Zaha Hadid worked her magic on the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, bringing life to the former 1805 gunpowder store, whilst the Grade II listed Serpentine Gallery was established back in the 1970’s. Incorporating art, design and architecture across both galleries, the venue is full of atmosphere and culture, not forgetting the iconic Serpentine Pavilion; the venues annual architecture commission providing a global platform for experimental projects which is renewed annually – perfect if you’re seeking some design inspo.
Town Hall Hotel
Combining grand architecture with cool, trendy interiors, Town Hall Hotel is undoubtedly one of the coolest hotels in London. From dark wood panelling and geometric marble floors to modern glass panels and high vaulted ceilings, there’s something exciting to behold in every corner. Formerly Bethnal Green’s Town Hall in the 1900’s, the owner has made sure that original features are still a-plenty, providing a unique and atmospheric event setting for any design or architecture enthusiast.
Situated along the bank of the River Thames, sits the impressive Neo-Classical Somerset House which attracts huge crowds year after year. Originally built as a Tudor palace, the sheer size and architecture of the building is impressive and stepping into The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is truly mesmerising. With a plethora of event spaces from blank canvas to exposed brick and vaulted ceilings, it is clear to see that art and design is at the heart of Somerset House.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich
Founded in 1675 by Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, there’s nowhere quite like Royal Observatory Greenwich, where guests can immerse themselves into this historic setting which sits right at the top of Greenwich Park. Originally used for star gazing, The Octagon room has been beautifully designed with soaring ceilings and a 360-degree view over London while the Prime Meridian of the World gives guests the chance to stand where the Eastern and Western hemispheres meet!
Wilton’s Music Hall
Situated on a small, unassuming street in Wapping, lies the oldest grand music hall in the world. Home to the stars of music since 1859, Wilton’s Music Hall takes you back in time. The Grade II listed building is steeped in history, not to mention the acoustics, which are just as impressive as the building itself. The star of the show however is The Auditorium, a large space with intricate décor, wooden flooring, a grand, arched ceiling and a balcony area which wraps around the room.
The London EDITION
Designed by the renowned Ian Schrager, The London EDITION is a boutique lifestyle hotel which exudes style. Effortlessly combining traditional design such as ornate covings and vintage art, with contemporary furnishings, even the hotel lobby is a sight to behold with its stainless-steel orb hanging from the ceiling. The hotel’s restaurant Berner’s Tavern is also a design fanatic’s dream, as well as a hot spot for fine dining and the odd celeb spot!
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