Design at Southbank Centre in partnership with Designersblock





Come along to Southbank Centre any day during London Design Festival and you will find a breadth of activities, events, talks and surprises. Designersblock have their main show and exhibits across site. Food markets, pop-ups and special showcases in the shops are among the other highlights.

All events free, tickets required for screenings and talks only- see for details.

Design at Southbank Centre in partnership with Designersblock

Southbank Centre is embracing the London Design Festival this year like never before. Building on the legacy of its founding, during the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Centre is laying on an array of free, eclectic design exhibits across its site. There are showcases from international designers, an array of talks and screenings, Designersblock’s flagship show, the largest lava lamp in the world and so much more. Spend the day and evening exploring, eating, shopping and enjoying all that this famous riverside location has to offer.  Southbank Centre is bringing design for the people, to the people.

Highlights include:

Festival Undercroft (beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall)

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After the huge success of the Designersblock show at Southbank Centre last year the legendary team are returning with their flagship show taking over the brutalist undercroft space.  Designersblock will not only be an exhibition for talented young designers, but will also enable more established exhibitors and companies to return as part of its Designers In Production showcase.

19-22 September

11-8pm daily

Royal Festival HallFoyer Spaces in partnership with Designersblock

Focus on 1950s design- this permanent exhibition explores some of the icons of the 1951 Festival of Britain including Abram Games’ stunning design, the legendary Skylon and other highlights of Mid-Century Modern style.  Curated by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway in conjunction with Southbank Centre.

10am-11pm daily

Listen, watch, share- Series of talks, debates and film showings over three days in the Sunley Pavillion, Level 3, Green Side of the RFH.  Every day has a focus, themes are Design Entrepreneurship, Design Past/Design Future and Design in Film.

19-22 September

Times vary, free but booking required, see for details.

The Fifth Element: The Future of design

A live exhibition of installations where ‘designtists’, ‘futurologists’ and ‘dreamers’ advance the boundaries of design by fusing research and scientific technologies to create experimental concepts.

15-22 September

12-8pm daily

International Design Pavilions

Featuring the crème-de-la crème of avant-garde international design talent including Ung Svensk Form from Sweden plus the hottest talents from Mexico and India

 15-22 September

12-8pm daily

Southbank Centre Shops

Festival Terrace

Our flagship design store is handing over its window to the Italian design firm Seletti who will showcase some of their best, and new, lines with their usual wit and panache. For 50 years Seletti, a family firm, have focussed on the beauty of Italian design with style, provocation, innovation and quality.

Also featuring is Polish company Zieta who will be launching their new +3 range. Zieta use a process of inflating metal into unique designs they embrace key fundamentals of research, durability, technology and efficiency to create beautiful objects for the home or office.

 13-30 September

Mon- Fri 10am -9pm, Sat- 10am-8pm, Sun 12-8pm            

Royal Festival Hall

 British firm Mathmos, the inventors of the lava lamp, are celebrating their 50th birthday this September. As part of a season of commemorative activities, visit the shop in the Royal Festival Hall to see the world’s largest lava lamp.  Also on display will be unseen vintage photography showcasing the history and story of the lamp over the last five decades.  On sale will be the new Heritage collection inspired by vintage colours in celebration of Mathmos’ long history.

11-30 September

Daily 12-8pm

Outdoor spaces

Out of the Dark project in partnership with Designersblock

Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Their charity's projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, bringing in elements of craft, DIY and work skills.

 Real Food Market

With an amazing range of great produce the food market on Southbank Centre Square has become a much loved regular weekend fixture. Each trader has been carefully selected based on their commitment to producing the very best quality food and drink. For London Design Festival it’s extending its duration and taking design as a point of inspiration showing how design, display, packaging and presentation can influence our choices and tastes.

19-22 September


Canteen London Transport Mobile canteen

Further to the launch of the London Transport Canteen pop up restaurant at last year’s London Design Festival, Transport for London (TfL) and restaurateurs Canteen now present the London Transport Mobile Canteen.

Designed by Very Good and Proper and with a range of outdoor furniture inspired by TfL's design heritage, the mobile unit will be serving a selection of classic British food and beverages from Canteen.

19-22 September



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Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside. We encourage everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways.
During London Design Festival Southbank Centre Shops work with high profile internationally known designers to create special takeovers, workshops and events.

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