If you are in the city this Summer and wondering what’s on in London during August, we have good news for you. Although we are all eagerly awaiting September’s London Design Festival, there are still plenty of great events to take advantage of over the next few weeks. Design, architecture, music – choose your favourite ones and enjoy!
2015 SUMMER PAVILION, SERPENTINE GALLERY LONDON
So what’s on in London during August? A great celebration of architecture can be found at the Serpentine Gallery. Every year the gallery greets visitors with a temporary architectural intervention on Kensington Gardens and this year is no exception. This year’s pavilion was designed by Spanish architects Selgascano, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the event. A translucent, multi-coloured polygonal structure is the centrepiece of this labyrinth like pavilion and visitors can enter and exit at a number of different points. They pass through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layers of the structure and in to the Pavilion’s stained glass-effect interior. Open daily from 10am to 6pm until 18h October.
UNEXPECTED HILL: PUBLIC INSTALLATION, THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Architectural interventions are a must in London this Summer. At Burlington Gardens you can find Unexpected Hill, a ceramic installation designed by Istanbul based SO? Architects. This is a place where you can rest, explore or play and it really shows how the character of a street can be completely transformed. Until 20th September.
THE BRUTALIST PLAYGROUND, RIBA
This year children can also play in the city. The entire Architecture Gallery at RIBA is occupied by The Brutalist Playground, an architectural installation by Assemble Architects and artist Simon Terrill that explores the post-war design for play. Until 16th August.
DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2015, DESIGN MUSEUM
Design events in the city don’t just happen in September. If you are wondering what’s on in London during August then just remember: the Design Museum is hosting the exhibition “Design of the Year 2015”, an event that celebrates design promoting change and evolution, capturing the spirit of the year. They say that other museums will be showing this stuff in the future, so you’d better get there to see it first. Until 31st March 2016.
LONDON WONDERGROUND FESTIVAL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
If you are looking for something more musical when you’re searching what’s on in London, then this one is definitely for you. The London Wonderground at the Southbank Centre is a true playground for the adults and kids, featuring the best of cabaret, circus, comedy, music and kids’ shows in a 1920s-style. Until 27th September.
DAVID BYRNE’S MELTDOWN, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Music takes over Southbank Centre this Summer with another unmissable event. This year the Meltdown Festival welcomes David Byrne as guest director, following in the footsteps of previous directors Like Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Ornette Coleman. A music curation that you just can’t miss. From 17th – 30th August.