My Design Agenda is all about design and what better way to experience the finest art and design then at a trade show – here are a few we love – go be surrounded by beauty and creativity!
London Design Festival
London is a design capital. Each year it receives droves of design lovers from around the world looking to see and experience great art and design. These design enthusiasts are also looking to embrace the fabulous city itself, stay in the best and most luxurious hotels, eat at the trendiest spots in town, and fully immerse themselves in London Design Festival – My Design Agenda unveils the top events in London and also the top hotels and restaurants in the city!
We assure you that you will be delighted by this unique week that is all about design. Check out our London Design Festival suggestions…
At this trade show you will find the best in design, ideas and inspirations, craftsmanship, new technologies, and rising talents. 400+ companies exhibit their designs at Syon Park in London.
The largest contemporary design event for professionals in this area of design, this show is a great opportunity for them to exhibit and expand their work, and for finding inspiration.
This great design event happens annually during London Design Festival as well as Salone del Mobile in Milan, and NYCxDesign in New York. The two venues in London where this event is held are stunning, one is a neoclassical landmark, Victoria House Bloomsbury, and the other is The College.
Be sure to check out the trendy Victoria House set up to be a designjunction shopping experience with 35 design led pop-up shops and premium brands during the London Design Festival.
London is the place to see the worlds’ most progressive furniture, lighting, and interiors brands. As proof, Tent London & Super Brands are two events combined in order to bring out the very best designs in London.
Tent London is a platform to launch new design products. As a design lover, this is definitely an event to attend. We are sure that for those who love design this is an amazing place to find novelties, outstanding innovations in design, along with fine furniture inspired by the best designers and creators.
Super Brands is a series of temporary showrooms, the brands that participate in this event are carefully chosen for this purpose, and are definitely the best of the best!
Focus/ gathers architects, interior designers, and style-spotters from the UK, but also from all over the world. There, you will find an exceptional collective of designer brands, spark your imagination with the creative excellence, enjoy conversations with top designers, and so much more! This is an event to Focus on!
Where to stay for London Design Festival?
Of course our focus is design, so here is a selection of the best design hotels to stay at during London Design Festival.
Blakes Luxury Boutique Hotel occupies, since 1978, a quiet side street in London’s fashionable South Kensington and has always been an innovator. Behind the black Victorian façade, you’ll find a tantalizing fusion of eastern and western styles. Polished mirrors bounce rich walnut tones around the lobby, creating a sense of decadence and theatre, while the critically acclaimed subterranean restaurant attracts some of the world’s most famous movie stars, actors, and designers.
The ME London 5 star hotel surprises due to an original modern design. Located in a sought after region of London, at the southern tip of Covent Garden in London’s art, culture and design district, this luxurious hotel was designed around a central pyramid spanning throughout all 10 floors of the hotel, creating spacious and aesthetically pleasing corridors clad in Nero Marquina marble.
The Haymarket Hotel fuses contemporary design elements in a solid, classical setting in an ultra-central London location. The façade features a dramatic row of columns that run the length of Suffolk Place. Interiors are a remarkable combination that honors the building’s noble lineage while updating it with co-owner Kit Kemp’s “modern English” interpretation of interior design.
Sanctum Soho Hotel
Sanctum Soho Hotel is a celebration of the London’s West End neighborhood in which it stands. Like Soho itself, the hotel exudes an edgy glamour, and both its design and ambience have an artsy, bohemian flair. The spacious lobby is decorated with paintings and “living artworks” with scattered Gothic elements providing a touch of antique class, striking furniture, and handmade finishes by London design company Based Upon.
A London luxury boutique hotel in the city’s Belgravia district, The Halkin London promises an elegant and discreet environment with a deep respect for authenticity. Widely regarded by loyal regulars as a home away from home, you can expect faultless service, new Basque cuisine at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, and Italian style in all 41 contemporary suites and rooms.
Last but certainly not least…here are a few of the best restaurants to eat at while in London!
Balthazar’s London housed in the old Theatre Museum, in a building called “The Flower Cellars”. This is the hardest-to-score reservation in London right now and the pinnacle, the holy of holies, the city’s most anticipated restaurant that results from a collaboration between New York restaurant supremo Keith McNally and his London friend, Richard Caring.
This restaurant offers every type of meal from breakfast and dinner to weekend brunch. The menu includes a wide selection of French brasserie and bistro; they combine the best ingredients with the most traditional ways of cooking in order to produce great food.
A simple space on the first floor of the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, the Corner Room gives little away, but look a little closer and it becomes apparent that someone has a sense of humor: a spiral staircase leading nowhere; lamps hung at spectacularly varying heights; no external telephone. The place is unassuming. The menu is the same. Three ingredients are listed for each dish, with no indication as to how they’re to be prepared or served. Portuguese chef, Nuno Mendes – who trained at El Bulli – is best known for working his magic at Michelin-starred Viajante downstairs, so as you settle into your seats at Corner Room you will certainly be in for a treat.
Guests entering The Dorchester are greeted with the stunning vista of The Promenade, which stretches the same length as the London landmark, Nelson’s Column. Refurbished in 2005 by Thierry Despont, The Promenade is a series of rich, warm, intimate spaces culminating in a stunning, oval leather bar at the end of the room. Very much the heart of the hotel, The Promenade is open all day for informal dining serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a supper menu.
Club Gascon is specialized in imaginative cuisine from South-West of France. Since its opening the restaurant has received numerous accolades including one Michelin star (since 2002). They take their food from Gascony very seriously this is why it is monitored by “Le Comité Renaissance” that has a commitment to maintain the highest standards of freshness and authenticity. But what makes their food even more special is: Love.
The award-winning Indian restaurant, in the heart of Mayfair, continues to be instrumental in changing perceptions of the subcontinent’s cuisine. Tamarind provides a classic combination of indisputable knowledge, unique experience and traditional values that carry worldwide recognition. The restaurant offers a sophisticated fine dining experience with effortlessly charming staff, discreet service and tantalizing food that few can compete with. That is the combination to ensure guests come back for more. Tamarind’s dishes are derived from traditional Moghul cuisine where bread, fish, meat and game are cooked in the authentic tandoor oven style of North West India. In addition to conventional and established favorites, Executive Chef Alfred Prasad regularly devises new and seasonal dishes to keep updated menus innovative and modern.
Believe or not, but this selection of spots will fit your agenda in any of the those big cities!