London Design Festival

Our Guide - things to do in London

From 13th to 21st September London will become a haven for the world’s best design and designers. London is fast catching up with Milan as one of the worlds design capitals. While your there be inspired with good food, drink, architecture and design.

Some of our recommendations not to be missed –

Tent London and Super Brands

Held at the Truman Brewery, a cool mecca for design and inspiration. Constantly evolving, always thought provoking; design trade shows Tent London & Super Brands London have carved out an impressive reputation as the most creative of the hubs that anchor the London Design Festival, a beacon for anyone looking to discover the best contemporary design.

Truman Brewery in East London
Truman Brewery in East London

Designjunction has firmly established itself as the leading destination
for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival and Salone del Mobile, Milan. Known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge design within an expertly curated space. Located on Oxford Street it couldn’t be more central.

DesignJunction - cool setting
DesignJunction – cool setting
Tom Dixon Presents The Club

Inspired by the classic heritage of the British members club, tempered by Dixon’s misspent youth in discotheques, Tom Dixon explore’s the newly fashionable ways of working, playing and relaxing in extraordinary environments of the new clubland.

Tom Dixon - The Dock
Tom Dixon – The Dock
100% Design

A more mainstream show but worth a visit, its held in the iconic Earls Court. This year Philippe Starck is officially opening the show, being such a character he’s always worth seeing. Vitra are also exhibiting there this year and always come up with amazing stand displays.

Philippe Starck to open 100% Design
Philippe Starck to open 100% Design
When you’ve had enough of the shows why not try out our recommendations for some refreshments, retail therapy and culture –


Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines. Some amazing Venetian food at reasonable prices.

Polpo in Smithfields - ©-Paul-Winch-Furness
Polpo in Notting Hill – ©-Paul-Winch-Furness

For some great British grub check out Canteen. Based at Royal Festival Hall or Spitalfields it serves some cracking gastro pub style grub – very nice pies!!!

Canteen at Spitalfields
Canteen at Spitalfields

London Design Museum
London Design Museum located near Tower Bridge is always worth a visit. The recent Paul Smith exhibition was a real highlight for us.

London Design Museum
London Design Museum
Need some new clothes for the trip, check out YMC based at 23 Hanbury Street in East London. Their clothes are always unique and their shop(s) are pretty cool too!

YMC Shop front
YMC Shop front
Margaret Howell
Not only does Margaret Howell sell some amazing clothes her shop in Wigmore Street is a design haven of vintage furniture and other items for the home.

Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell’s beautiful shop in Wigmore Street
Hope our guide to London Design Festival has helped – have fun!

The Team At Cimmermann

Main image “London Skyline” is designed by Christopher Dina