We talk about festivals all the time here on Londonist: food festivals, theatre festivals, religious festivals, dance festivals... we can't help it. London is a festive place. The latest festival that we bring to you today is the London Design Festival, starting this Saturday and lasting for ten full days of talks, exhibitions, parties, books, magazines, tours, walks and... stuff.
This is the fifth year for the festival and it just keeps getting bigger and better - this year, there are over 200 projects taking part and whether you are in the trade, a design student or simply a dedicated follower of funky furniture, cool architecture and nicely put together things, there'll be something to see that suits you.
There's so much in the programme spread out over a massive area, the festival organisers have had to be creative and clever in mapping and planning different ways to get around everything listed. There's the MyFestival planner on the wesite for those who keep spotting things they want to see while online - just log in and compile your own itinerary. Otherwise, for those who fancy compiling their lists of things to see and do while on the hoof, the icon design trail is a little booklet published by icon magazine which is available at all participating venues. This free pocket-sized guide has maps, listings and information, split into West, East, Central and Other categories so you can do it all geographically. There's a particularly useful section at the back which lists all the best parties and private views, along with a handy Tube map. They know what they're doing, these design types.
Or... just turn up at the Truman Breweries (golly, that place has had a busy year so far...) for Tent London's occupation of the 11-acre site and see a bloody huge amount of stuff all in one go. This mega-design consultancy is hosting a range of exhibitions, each one with a different theme so it's like the whole London Design Festival in one place: go to Circa for vintage design, Content for furniture, lighting, materials and interiors, Talent Zone for new designers, Your Space for installations and micro-shows and the very cool Urbantine exhibition which is a showcase of what happened in the fast architecture competition.
London Design Festival, Saturday 15 to Tuesday 25 September. For more information and full festival programme, go to the festival website here.