Top 10 creative things to do this weekend that might get you thinking about a home extension!

What’s happening in London this bank holiday long weekend? Another one of our famous top 10s!

We had such great feedback about our last bank holiday blog post that we thought we’d do another one for this bank holiday long weekend. We’ve scoured the internet, put our heads together and taken to the streets (OK, everything but that last one!) in order to bring you this list of 10 interesting things that are taking place all over London this weekend. Attending one or more of them should sufficiently satisfy your artistic impulses and maybe even get you thinking about your own home and how you could improve it through a home extension or perhaps in a design sense. So, forget about work, scrape yourself out of that backside-shaped groove that’s made itself a permanent feature of your couch, and make the most of the long weekend. After all, the next one isn’t until August!

Without further ado, here’s our pick of the top 10 creative things to do in London this bank holiday long weekend:

  1. Visit the V&A Design Museum. The V&A Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design, so it’s a must for every Londoner! Even if you’ve already paid homage to it, it’s constantly redesigning itself with new exhibitions so there’s a good chance that a lot has changed since you last graced it with your presence. Since November last year, for example, the V&A has played host to the Chromozone: Colour in Contemporary Architecture exhibition. This critically-acclaimed display features key projects by major UK and international architects who have used colour to create identity, define spaces and influence the way that we experience buildings.
  2. Attend a London Literature Festival talk or lecture. The annual festival at the Southbank Centre brings together world-class poets, authors and speakers from around the world to discuss issues that are affecting the creative disciplines and to celebrate literary icons such as Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. A must for bookworms!
  3. Dine in the latest skyscraper to dominate the London skyline. The recent opening of Oblix, a New York-style grill on the 32nd floor of the Shard, was described by many as one of the hottest restaurant openings of the year, so why not add it to your list of things to do this weekend? Bear in mind, that’s if you can secure a reservation and if your list isn’t already 1,016 ft high!
  4. See a play in the modern day feat of architecture that is Shakespeare’s Globe. With 13 different plays being shown at various times up until mid-October, there’s bound to be one there that tickles your Shakespearean fancy. Maybe you’re a Macbeth person, or perhaps The Tempest is more your style? ‘Yardling’ tickets are on offer for just £5 a pop, which makes it a cheap family day out and prompted us to bump it up our list a few places!
  5. Visit the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members, and is a must for architects and architecture enthusiasts alike. There are a number of exciting exhibitions on at the moment, including Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect, A Visual Journey Through the Indian Subcontinent and opening next week, Welcome to the ‘Social’. Make sure you check the website for bank holiday opening hours.
  6. Take a trip to the Design Museum and check out the Designs of the Year exhibition as well as United Micro Kingdoms: A Design Fiction, in which a fictional future for the UK is envisaged by designers and educators who use elements of industrial design, architecture, politics, science and sociology to provoke debate around the power and potential of design.
  7. Feast on sculptural delights at the architectural treasure that is Pitzhanger Manor & PM Gallery, where designer Kathy Dalwood has created a highly unusual installation that features a cast of disparate sculpted characters enjoying a luxurious baroque dinner party. PM Gallery & House is closed on Monday, so make sure you add it to your Saturday or Sunday to-do list!
  8. After working up an appetite at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, head to Kew Gardens and experience the wonderful world of incredible edible plants at the annual summer festival! Architectural foodsmiths have even transformed Kew’s Palm House Pond into a fruit salad boating lake, complete with a floating pineapple island. A real and tasty treat to behold… if only you could dig into it!
  9. Take advantage of one of the 30 free guided walks that are happening all over London today and tomorrow. The walks connect some of London’s best attractions, parks, woodland, rivers, canals and open spaces and are perfect for people and building-gazing alike!
  10. We’re in the business of renovations, which is why we felt the need to squeeze this on onto our top 10 list! For the long weekend, Leonard Street Car Park is being transformed into an outdoor cinema, bar and silent disco dance floor. Sing along to Grease tonight or groove the night away, Dirty Dancing-style tomorrow! Fancy dress is encouraged, and in our opinion a must!

We hope that this has given you some great ideas for how to spend the last long weekend until August. If you check out any of these events, be sure to let us know how you found it. And whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend!

If you’d like any information about Chartered architects, home extension architects and a home extension cost, be sure to contact the team at Landmark Architecture!


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