Directories - Bars + Restaurants

London Festival of Architecture
3 Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), founded in 2004 and run by New London Architecture, the city’s built environment community, is a month-long celebration of architecture and city making staged every June across the capital. Its mission is to open up discussions around architecture, test new ideas and uncover and promote new talent. The theme of the 2023 Festival was ‘In Common’. It advocated for a greener shared commons shaped by those living and working in it, one which provides greater climate resilience through genuine community engagement and partnership. Clerkenwell has the capital’s highest concentration of architectural practices and the area was the birthplace of LFA. Along with Holborn, it was selected by the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) as two of its ‘Design Destinations’ in 2023. Celebrating 20 years of LFA, the Festival’s theme for 2024 is ‘Reimagine’, addressing the need for active citizenship with the capacity to reflect, rethink, repair, rebuild and reimagine. The 2024 Destination areas are Barnet, Bromley, City of London, Fitzrovia and West End.
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Clerkenwell Design Week
Spa Fields EC1
Clerkenwell Design Week – launched 15 years ago in 2009 – has grown to become the UK’s largest free annual design festival. Held at the heart of Clerkenwell, a neighbourhood hub of creativity that is home to some of London’s most innovative design and architectural firms and interiors brands, the festival features an array of events and installations staged in and around local historic venues. The 2023 edition, which took place from 23-25 May, welcomed more than 37,000 visitors from both the UK and overseas, the best attendance in the event’s 14-year history, and 24% up on 2022. With its most extensive programme to date, the 2023 Clerkenwell Design Week featured 600+ showroom events, 11+ curated exhibitions, installations, talks, design destinations (including Brewhouse Yard and Groupwork Architects, 15a Clerkenwell Close), a fringe programme, food and drink partners and more. Venues included the Crypt on the Green (part of St James’ Church on Clerkenwell Close), the Museum of the Order of St John (St John’s Square), the Old Sessions House members’ club (23 Clerkenwell Green) and Spa Fields (91 Skinner Street). Over 160 local interiors showrooms took part, including Fritz Hansen (78 Cowcross Street), Carl Hansen & Søn (16a Bowling Green Lane), Cappellini (150 St John Street), USM (49-51 Central Street), Arper (11 Clerkenwell Road), Kettal (115-6 Dufferin Street), Viaduct (1-10 Summers Street). Participating bathroom/tile brands included Kohler (44-48 Clerkenwell Road), Iris Ceramica (61-67 Old Street), Domus Clerkenwell (23-25 Great Sutton Street) and VitrA (64 Turnmill Street). From 4-5 Oct the Clerkenwell Design Trail programme featured events within walking distance across EC1, encouraging visitors to explore the area and enjoy product launches and new collections, workshops, talks, demonstrations and parties. Participants included VitrA, Modus (28-29 Great Sutton Street), Parkside (44 Sekforde Street), Domus, Havwoods (26-27 Great Sutton Street), Ideal Standard (76 Clerkenwell Road), Lavoro Design (14 Baltic Street East), Tarkett (47-53 St John Street), Allsfär (14 Baltic Street East), Iris Ceramica Group (61-67 Old Street) and Solus (80 Clerkenwell Road).
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Bloomsbury Festival
Senate House Malet Street WC1E 7HU
The Bloomsbury Festival ignites creativity and collaboration in central London, featuring over 130 events with a 'Grow' theme in 2023. Year-round, it fosters community arts engagement. Partnerships with institutions like UCL and the British Library are key, with the theme 'Human.Kind' set for 2024.
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Camden Mela
93 Guilford Street WC1N 1DN
Staged each July since 1992, the Camden Mela festival for all ages celebrates the beauty and richness of the UK’s culturally diverse community. What began as a small Bangladeshi community gathering in 1992 expanded its reach London-wide and nationwide. With family and adult arts & crafts workshops, dance and musical performances, displays of community arts projects, storytelling, themed gallery talks, food stalls and a funfair, it offers a great day out. Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or fair. It is used in the Subcontient for all sizes of gathering and can be religious, cultural or commercial. Camden Mela is backed by well known organisations such as the British Museum, Royal Parks, British Land, London Borough of Camden, London Design House, the Metropolitan Police, Mary Ward Centre, South Camden Community School, King’s Cross Central, Primary Care Trust, Sky Channel 814, 827 and 844.
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