One of London’s biggest local festivals returns for its fifth year. Clerkenwell Design Week runs 20-22 May at address throughout the neighbourhood.
As ever, the programme packs in an overwhelming cavalcade of talks, walks, workshops and installations, which even the festival’s organisers must be struggling to fully comprehend. So rather than try and list out everything of note, here’s a grab-bag of highlights. Apologies to any of the many worthy participants whom we’ve missed out.
One way to ‘do’ Clerkenwell Design Week is to simply wander around and see what you stumble across. It won’t take long this year, with several big installations is prominent places. The one everyone will love can be found at St John’s Gate (above), where a pair of mirrors and a tiled floor will create an infinite corridor beneath the Tudor landmark. Across the road in St John’s Square, a pavilion from Studio Weave celebrates the area’s long tradition of makers and smiths (below).
Other highlights include the Urban Gin Garden at Portal restaurant, where you can try gin cocktails, view specially created artwork and take part in gin workshops. The best activity has to be a cycling tour of Clerkenwell with New London Architecture chief Peter Murray. We’ll leave the recommendations there, but the best way to find out what else is going on is to click around on this interactive map.
Clerkenwell Design Week, 20-22 May.