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Spend This Weekend in London exploring the London Design Festival

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Make the most out of London Design Festival with our guide of what to see, where to eat and a fabulous offer on where to stay in London over the weekend

See London Design Festival

What: London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival has returned for its sixteenth year to venues and institutions across the city. There will be installations across the city from 15th–23rd September 2018 with a huge range of exciting projects – we’ve rounded up four of our favourites for you to see. 

Where: Waugh Thistleton Architects’ installation ‘MultiPly’ will be at The Sackler Courtyard at the V&A, it’s set up like a maze that takes inspiration from two global challenges – housing shortages and climate change. The installation presents viable alternatives in the form of reusable, modular structures. (Open 10am–5.45pm daily and until 10pm on Friday, free entry). 

Es Devlin OBE’s installation ‘Please Feed the Lions’ at Trafalgar Square brings a fifth lion to the base of Nelson’s Column, which is fluoro-red. Fusing light, music and technology the fifth lion can be ‘fed’ words by the public, encouraging visitors to interact and add their voice. (Open 11am–8pm, 18th–23rd, free entry).

Kellenberger-White’s installation ‘Alphabet’ will be at Finsbury Avenue Square where they have created a series of twenty-six bespoke alphabet chairs, that visitors are encouraged to interact with, forming words with the letters. The chairs are inspired by the work of László Moholy-Nagy, Bruno Munari and Bruce McLean. (Open throughout the day, for 15th–23rd, free entry).

Scholten & Baijings installation ‘Time for Tea’ will be on the first floor of Fortnum & Mason’s flagship store in Piccadilly. Inspired by the British ritual of ‘taking tea’ there will be 80 products designed by the duo, with Fortnum’s iconic Eau de Nil colour taking centre stage. (Open 10am–9pm daily, 11.30am–6pm Sunday, free entry). 

www.londondesignfestival.com

Stay somewhere amazing 

What: The Mondrian London is the effortlessly cool, Tom Dixon-designed hotel on London’s South Bank. They’re also the official hotel partner of leading contemporary exhibition, designjunction which is available to view on 20th–23rd September 2018 as part of the London Design Festival. For only £182 a night you can treat yourself to an exclusive room package with breakfast for two, two platinum passes to designjunction, a complimentary gift in the form of a Native Union charging cable and a limited-cocktail in collaboration with one of the show’s exhibitors also on offer in the glamourous rooftop lounge, Rumpus Room. 

Where: Located on London’s South Bank near to Southwark tube station. 
The Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground London SE1 9PD
020 3747 1000 www.morganshotelgroup.com

Shop the latest fashion

What: For the ultimate central London shopping experience, you need to take a trip to Regent Street which is dusted with a sprinkling of stores including Topshop, J. Crew, & Other Stories, Burberry, Longchamp and COS interspersed between exclusive boutiques including Hamleys Toy Shop, Godiva the chocolatiers and a variety of boutiques including Michael Kors, Sebago and Coach.

Where: Regent Street is easily accessed from Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus or Green Park tube stations. 

Enjoy some fine dining

What: A welcome addition to Princes Street, Stem is the exciting new venture from Mark Jarvis who is also the Chef Patron at Anglo in Mayfair. Set in a beautiful Grade II-listed townhouse, Stem offers both à la carte and tasting menus showcasing seasonal dishes and a 100 bin wine list. We ate there recently, enjoying one of the best meals we’d had in a while. 

Our top dishes:  
 
To start:

Cornish mussels with wild beer and roasted cauliflower (£7.50) – thinly sliced sheets of cauliflower and delicate mussels with a more-ish dressing drizzled on top. 

Winchester cheese toast (£6.50) – served as thick chunks of roasted onion with a jug of soup which is hand-poured over the top.

To follow:

Devonshire duck breast, with crapaudine beetroot, grilled onion, cobnut and elderberries (£18.50) – charred and crispy on the edges with perfectly pink flesh at the centre.

Poached chicken with a roasted leg and leek and buttermilk potato (£15) – which was succulent and light with a sharp creamy green dijon dressing.

To finish: 

Spiced carrot cake with stem ginger ice cream and a sticky ginger sauce (£6.50) – indulgent without being too sickly. 

Where: Stem, 5 Princes Street, London W1B 2LF
0207 629 9283 www.stem-byneo.co.uk

Published in: September 2018

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