London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. London Design Festival was launched by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans CBE in 2003.
Building on London’s existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers, and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The launch of the first Festival took place at Bloomberg on 25 March 2003, with a huge show of support from design, education, government, and London organizations. 19 years later, this vision remains ever strong.
In 2019, the Festival welcomed a record-breaking 600,000 individual visitors from over 75 countries. An additional passer-by audience of nearly 1 million people had the opportunity to see the four Landmark Projects. In addition, London Design Festival helped drive a total of 120,000 visits to the V&A over the Festival period with 22% of those surveyed saying they had never visited the museum before and were driven there by the Festival.
Each year, London Design Festival recognizes the contribution made by leading design figures and emerging talents to London and the industry, with four London Design Medals awarded: The London Design Medal, Lifetime Achievement Medal, Emerging Design Medal, and Design Innovation Medal. A panel of established designers, industry commentators, and previous winners meet to debate the possible recipients of the Medals.
*Given the ever-changing status of the Coronavirus pandemic, the schedules of several events are changing. To see their latest updates, please visit each event’s respective website.