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London Design Festival, 14 - 22 September 2019

Bankside Design District is back for LDF this September, check out the programme highlights.
Josephine Clarke
Marketing Manager

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.

Find out more about Bankside Design District here and keep an eye out for parties and product launches on Wednesday 18 September for the Bankside Late. 

Download the Bankside Design District 2019 guide via the toolbar on the left.

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Musicity x Low Line
Musicity x Low Line has invited sound artists to compose tracks in response to buildings and spaces along the mighty Victorian railway viaducts which form the Low Line. Spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, listen to fifteen site-specific geotagged tracks in the spaces which inspired them. Listen as you explore at
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Fora x Better Bankside Design Talks
Fora and Better Bankside have united the design district’s experts to bring a free programme of talks, interactive workshops and lively panel discussions, celebrating the area’s thriving creative and design industries. Hear about creative processes and topical issues impacting the design community at Fora Borough:

Mobile Sculpture Workshop with Volume Creative
17 September 1pm - 2pm
Meet the designers behind LDF's Special Project, Take the Plunge and make your own mobile recycled paper sculpture. 

Wild Cards: 100 creative questions to challenge your brand
18 September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Play an interactive game of Wild Cards with brand consultancy, The Clearing and a panel of creative directors, with drinks and audience Q&A

Designing a Sustainable Bankside
20 September 9am -10.30am
Bankside-based architects and designers present ideas on sustainability, building design and air quality - Pecha Kucha style.
Find out more and book tickets here

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Designing an Africa Centre for the 21st Century
Wednesday 18 September, 6pm – 9pm
What thoughts and sensibilities underpin a pan-African design vision? Join Africa Centre Director, Kenneth Tharp and architect Jonathan Hagos, Director of FREEHAUS as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a landmark building in Southwark.
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Design workshops with The Hoxton, Southwark 
Don’t miss these talks and workshops taking place at The Hoxton, Southwark to celebrate its launch and London Design Festival:

Spotlight on Southwark with Dezeen 
Wednesday 11 September, 6pm – 10pm | Tickets £7
Designers, architects, historians, and cultural critics shine the light on Southwark’s architectural character.

Life Drawing Brunch with Alexandria Coe 
Sunday 15 September, 11am – 2pm | Tickets £7
Enjoy a morning of creativity, starting with brunch to fuel your inner artist, followed by a life drawing class. Alexandria will guide you through simple techniques to draw the female nude using her minimalist line-drawing style.

World’s Favourite Colour with G.F Smith  
Monday 16 September, 6.30pm – 10pm | Tickets £7
G. F Smith is a company obsessed with the limitless possibilities of paper. Its 51-colour range has become the benchmark collection for creative industries in Britain and beyond. Uncover their seminal global study mapping out colours and their  emotional and cultural meaning. 
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Oxo Tower Wharf
Oxo Tower Wharf is home to over 25 designer-maker studios. Discover exhibitions, workshops, talks, product launches, discounts and installations throughout the festival. There’s a hub of activity,  including an immersive LDF Special Project, Take the Plunge
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Tate Edit x Plantations
Tate Edit will feature a display of Plantations by Alicja Patanowska. Find limited editions, objects created especially for Tate, along with furniture, cutlery, glass and tableware used in their restaurants and Members Rooms.
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Cooking with BORA at DesignSpace London
DesignSpace London is hosting a cooking experience with state-of-the-art BORA cooktops in their inspirational architectural kitchen showroom. Chef Sarah Gardiner will demonstrate new culinary techniques using surface induction and the new stainless steel  tepan, complete with integrated  downdraft extraction.
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Masterplanning King’s Cross - Allies and Morrison
Bankside-based Allies and Morrison will display a pentaptych model exploring the evolution of King’s Cross. As masterplanners for King’s Cross, the five models illustrate how the site has evolved since 2000 to present day. The model was exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

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London’s Identity in Brickwork; a walking tour of Bankside
Tuesday 17 September, 5pm; Thursday 19 September, 12.30pm
Learn about the history of London architecture, the origins of brickwork in London and the history of the London stock. Join the team at Taylor Maxwell on a walking tour of Bankside and London Bridge and see examples of the London stock in use on historical landmarks and other striking buildings.
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Make the most of these exclusive LDF dining and drinking offers from 14 - 22 September. All you need to do is present the official LDF guide or the Bankside Design District guide to redeem:

Roasting Plant Coffee
The world’s first ever immersive roaster – watch the coffee beans roast in front of you and enjoy 10% off any  in-store purchase. Valid in the London Bridge branch only.

The Rake
The Rake at Borough Market specialises in craft beer. Customers can redeem 10% off draught or 15% off can purchases.

tibits Bankside 
With over 40 homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes, enjoy 10% off food at tibits Bankside.

Hixter Bankside 
Head downstairs to Mark’s Bar for their seasonal cocktail menu championing British producers and get 30% off your bill (4 people maximum).

Caravan Bankside 
Known for their delicious brews  and food, enjoy 10% off your bill at Caravan Bankside.

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Created Sep 3 2019