Things to do while you stay.
Seven Dails Spotlight
From 16th August
Seven Dials Spotlight is a free open-air festival of culture on Saturday from 12 to 7pm. There will be a pop-up lawn with garden games, live theatre and dance performances, a cinema and photo booth, discounts at many of the shops and boutiques and a variety of foodie bits from some of the excellent restaurants and food stalls in the area.
From 15th to the 17 of August
London isn’t short of food festivals, but the Feast at Battersea Park promises to cater for all tastes. Spread over three days, this foodie festival is packed with top chefs displaying their cooking skills, drinks and cocktail masterclasses, sweet treats, a BBQ arena, kids’ activities, a Chilli Food Market and live music. Come hungry.
From 15th August
The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has launched a series of lates this summer, including a silent disco on Friday. Head over to the UK’s tallest sculpture and dance the night away with views over the park while flicking between music choices or texting requests to the DJ.
From 14th to 17th of August
This may well be the nicest beer festival website we have ever seen. Apart from that, the super-cool East London venue Oval Space will host 24 craft breweries from around the world for the London Craft Beer Festival. There will be food to match the beer and live entertainment from bands and DJs.
Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014
London Design Festival 2014
See the latest in design trends during the 12th London Design Festival at venues across the capital. Leading the way in innovation, this festival celebrates the best creative talents with a range of exciting events and exhibitions.
Looking to place London as the design capital of the world, leading practitioners from all nations gather to show off their latest works. Over 300 events and exhibitions are staged by hundreds of different studios and individuals, covering a broad spectrum of design innovation.
London Design Festival: Design Festivals
Ranging from exhibitions and seminars to shows and pop-up events, the programme makes full use of the many unique spaces to be found in the capital. Events can be found everywhere from the Victoria and Albert Museum to small local studios, with a select few taking place at some iconic London landmarks.
Always highly original, design enthusiasts should brace themselves for some thought-provoking works in the most unexpected of places.
Among the highlights of the 2014 festival are individual "homes" erected in Trafalgar Square. In conjunction with accommodation provider Airbnb, designers Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse are each given a room to showcase individuality in interior design.
The Victoria and Albert Museum continues to play a vital role in the festival, and for 2014, it includes the interactive The Drone Aviary. These various drones taking up residency in the on-site John Madejski Garden even have their own Twitter accounts, providing unique images from the flying objects. Inside, a stunning installation by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, which is composed of two giant moving sculptures, is on show during the festival at the Raphael Gallery.