Last weekend of London Design Festival – Must see highlights.

Wow this week has flown by and we are left with just 2 days to try cram everything left to see in to them! This is the hard part for me deciding what I truly can’t live without seeing from the London Design Festival programme. So I thought I’d have a go at highlighting my must see shows, displays, exhibitions and design districts that deserve your attention. Before it’s too late!

To be followed by a much more in depth, nerdy coverage of this years festival next week after I have had a nap.

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The perfect combination of a stunning British location full to the brim with global talent all accessible in one spot, the place to go with a friend and really talk about what your seeing. Design with a message and lots of wishes for a brighter future.

At Somerset House  £15  Saturday 10am – 7pm / Sunday 10am – 6pm & on till Tuesday

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As always the place to go for design inspiration lots going on in and outside the Shoreditch Design Triangle so pick up one of the festival newspapers with the local map and go for a wander. Calvert Avenue & Redchurch Street are particular shop hot spots.

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Part of Shoreditch’s contribution but deserving of it own header the ever evolving Tent London is joined but others to make London Design Fair. Full of furniture, ceramics, jewellery, craftspeople, collectives and some European super brands the Truman Brewery never looked so good. They even have air conditioning this year! Woooww.

At Truman Brewery £12 Saturday 10am – 8pm / SUnday 11am – 6pm

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This was a new one for me this year, I had to go after hearing they were having a revamp of exhibitors & layout, in the end I enjoying myself. It’s not packed out with just enough to keep you interested hoping about between 4 areas of focus. I have lots of friends in The Canopy all friendly and happy to chat, also if you want a lunch recommendation: The Greek Larder is the perfect summer lunch.

At Granary Square, Kings CRoss £15 Saturday 11am – 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

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A little biased with this one, as its one of my favourite places in London. Angel comes alive during LDF with a trail from top to bottle curated by Smug’s lovely Lizzie. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day and allows for relaxed wanderings and allows for exploring new finds to take home with you. Top Tip pick up the IDD map and then start at the bottom and work your way up, collecting stamps as you go, then work your way back down picking up your prizes for a good days work.

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ldf2So what are my top tips whatever you choose to visit this weekend:

+ Compromise style for design when it comes to footwear, walking shoes are a must.

+ Pick up the local Design Districts maps they have better close up maps and last minute additions to the lineup.

+ Talk to people: designers, shop owners, fellow LDF travellers, creatives tend to be a friendly lot with very interesting stories to tell.

+ Take a portable charger for your phone/camera your going to be using it!

+ Remember all the hash tags/handles on social media there are …. just a few. But some lead to prizes! So worth a #.