"Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet." That's the impressive claim of Clerkenwell Design Week, the returning local festival of all things well made.
This year's 'week' is a tightly packed three days, running 19-21 May. It's a chance for the design community to show off their studios and products. Although most of the programme is aimed at those in the industry, or key customers thereof, some of the evening events and the unusual venues should have wider appeal. Here's our pick. If no link is given, see the general programme for more info.
SKYSCRAPERS: A talk at City University London about the world's most advanced structures, including the planet's increasingly tall skyscrapers. FREE, 19 May, 6pm
ROOFTOP PHOTOS: Lucinda Grange shares her remarkable photos from the top of tall buildings, at Milliken on Berry Street. FREE, 19 May, 6pm
WELLBEING: Nic Marks, who created the Happy Planet Index, shares his thoughts on happiness and wellbeing at work, at Desso, Great Sutton Street. FREE, 19 May, 6pm
CROSSRAIL: Hear from one of the firms charged with designing three Crossrail stations, at Hawkins\Brown on St John Street. FREE, 20 May, 5pm
CLERKENWELL TOUR: A jaunt round the area, including street art and hidden gems. FREE, 20 May 5pm
In addition, several interesting buildings will be used as exhibition centres for new products. Take a poke around the Farmiloes Building (often used for film sets), the subterranean catacombs of the House of Detention, the Order of St John's buildings and crypt (including a new installation from Sebastian Cox), the crypt of St James's Church and the Old Sessions House. Finally, Domus on Great Sutton Street is organising a 'Woodland Escape' garden with art installations, beer and coffee.