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15 - 23 September - London Design Festival

Bankside Design District is back for LDF, check out this year's programme highlights

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and Bankside will once again be an official design district this September.

Putting south London design on the map, Bankside Design District runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf. Home to galleries, design studios, creative agencies and architects’ practices, this year’s programme celebrates Bankside’s creative diversity and features a strong theme of typography that won’t disappoint font fans and type geeks. 

Find out more about Bankside Design District here and keep an eye out for special activity on Wednesday 19 September for the Bankside Late.

Programme Highlights

The Flags of Bankside 
Better Bankside will present an intensely colourful display of Bankside's creativity through an installation of 60 flags designed by artists and designers that celebrates the area's independent spirit. The full complement of flags will be flown at Borough Market in Jubilee Place throughout LDF. Following the festival, Bankside Design District will display the flags at various locations and host an auction to help support three local community projects.

Type Tasting 
Type Tasting has created two exclusive workshops that will immerse you in a multisensory tasting through time, type and libation. Choose from ‘Wine, Type & Culture’ with Laithwaite’s Wine The Arch store or ‘Gin & Type Tasting’ at Flat Iron Square - tickets £40. Also lookout for the pop-up Typography Lab appearing at various locations throughout the festival week (15 - 23 September).
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Better Letters
Better Letters will host a sign painting school with US legend Mike Meyer, in Borough Market. They will also screen three short biopics, When Better Letters met… at Jerwood Space for the Bankside Late which profiles retired signwriters and their lives in the trade.
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designjunction is set to move to Oxo Tower Wharf this year, showcasing a curated exhibition of world-class contemporary interior design. Expect hundreds of product launches, boutique pop-up shops and a series of outdoor installations along the Riverside Walkway. This leading design show is also offering Better Bankside businesses 50% off tickets.
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Dining special offers

Make the most of these exclusive LDF dining and drinking offers from 15 - 23 September. All you need to do is present the official LDF guide, the Bankside Design District guide or use the booking codes below:

Bala Baya
Tel-Aviv inspired restaurant Bala Baya is offering an exclusive sharing menu for two with a bottle of wine for £35pp. Quote ‘BBLDF’ when booking.

Macellaio RC
Set in Old Union Yard Arches, enjoy the theatrical Italian dining experience at Macellaio RC with 20% off food.

Caravan Bankside
Known for their delicious brews and food, enjoy a complimentary coffee, cocktail or signature cornbread per person at Caravan when booking with the code ‘LONDONDESIGNFESTIVAL’

With over 40 homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes, enjoy 10% off food at tibits bankside throughout the festival.

Flat Iron Square
Tap & Bottle wine bar on the first floor of Devonshire House at Flat Iron Square will be offering 20% off all drinks to festival visitors.

Find out more at or follow @BanksideDesign on twitter.

Aug 22 2018