Architecture and design in London this Autumn

Written on 13 September 2013 by Alistair Boscawen in London

Feeling a bit flat after the Summer? Get inspired by the design and architecture on display around central London in the next few months….

Looking for inspiration for your home? Getting tired of those classy neutrals? Sometimes it pays to get out and really look around for inspiration. There are some amazing homes, buildings and interior designers out there if you just know where to look, and in London over the next few months you can see some really special examples of all three.

Open House London

Open House London takes place over the 21 and 22 September 2013. This annual event is a great chance to look at some of the amazing architecture and historic buildings around London. Go and look at ancient or modern buildings and take some inspiration for your own home. Government buildings, libraries, museums, churches and private homes are all open for view.

There are 830 buildings open to see over the weekend across London. In our very own Westminster our top three to see are the Banqueting House at Whitehall, Chandos House or HM Treasury. Or choose from a list of others – you may have to book in advance for some so get looking.

There’s even a ballot for a chance to get the view from the Shard, look around 10 Downing Street or Grays Inn.

London Design Festival

London Design Festival is a massive collection of events taking place across London in September at a variety of venues including the V&A, the South Bank, Kensington Palace and Focus/13 in Chelsea. There are hundreds of interior designers showing their latest works in a variety of events, some free and some not.  There will be an installation in front of Tate Modern:  ‘Endless Stair’ – a wooden staircase construction for all to see  and climb up.

There are various areas of London that will be featured including one of our favourites: Chelsea. As part of the Chelsea Design Quarter area of the festival, galleries and shops in Chelsea will be exhibiting their newest and best. See The Rug Company’s new collection, an upholstery demonstration by one of the experts at George Smith, or watch a master craftsman from Savoir Beds make a bed. There are talks on lighting and beautiful hand-made stone furnishings to see too. It’s a great place to find that perfect item to create a luxurious feeling in your home.

Made London

The Made London Design & Craft Fair takes place in October at the St John Soame Church in Marylebone. You can see thousands of desirable and unique items which would really help you to create a dazzling display in your home. You can speak to the designers and makers of many of the pieces so if you choose to buy you’ll know the story behind the craft.

So make the most of these events to get yourself inspired when it comes to your own home. Find that perfect piece that you know you will be the only one to own. Discover what interior trends are around the corner and who’ll be influencing all the high street stores in the next year. Or just get a sneaky peek at a building that you would never normally get the chance to see the inside of.

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Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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