Re-imagine the world at the London Design Biennale 2016


Imagine a world re-imagined – that is the premise of the inaugural London Design Biennale 2016 and it promises to be a breathtaking attraction for lovers of architecture, technology, design and innovation.

Set to take place at the English capital’s beautiful Somerset House, the event will run from September 7th to 27th this year. It’s set to be an attraction that visitors will not want to miss.

Top sights to see at the London Design Biennale 2016

Offering an exhibition of works from more than 30 countries and spanning six continents, the London Design Biennale 2016 will draw on the theme of Utopia by Design and promises to be an intriguing and informative journey through some of today’s best design theories and practices.

An array of some of the biggest names in the fields of engineering, design and innovation will be highlighting their works, including such massive names as the Smithsonian Design Museum, Italy’s Triennale Design Museum, the Moscow Design Museum and the German Design Council.

The exhibition will take over the entirety of Somerset House for its duration, with visitors able to move from display to display as they explore the thoughts and influences that each of the exhibitors have drawn upon to create their varied works.

Organisers have promised it will be an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world (both physically and in a design sense), with a range of engaging and interactive installations to be available for the large volume of visitors that are expected.

Exploring some of the biggest questions and challenges of our time, including ideas surrounding sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality, there will be a wide variety of exhibition spaces that will aim to open the eyes of guests from far and wide in the weeks ahead.

Essential information for guests

The London Design Biennale 2016 will be open seven days per week and last entry will always be one hour before the exhibition closes. Opening times for Somerset House throughout the exhibition dates will be:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday – 11 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday – 11 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday and Friday – 11 am to 9 pm

Admission fees do apply and can be paid either in advance or on the door. The venue is also fully accessible for disabled visitors, with a number of wheelchairs available for hire for those that require them (please book in advance).

Visitors are reminded that smoking is not permitted anywhere in the exhibition grounds, while non-commercial photography is permitted in most areas, except for reasons of copyright in the Seamen’s Hall and the King’s Barge House.

Public transport travel to Somerset House

One of the best and most exciting ways to travel around the English capital is to make use of the extensive London Underground network, which connects many parts of the city with relative ease for travellers.

Somerset House is no exception to this rule and can be reached via a number of nearby stations:

  • Temple (Circle and District lines)
  • Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
  • Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
  • Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
  • Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
  • Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines)
  • Chancery Lane (Central line)

In addition, visitors can make use of overground rail services from the nearby railway stations of Charing Cross, Blackfriars or City Thameslink, with rail services operating from early in the morning to late into the night.

Bus services are also available around the clock for visitors to the area, while travellers can make use of taxi services (although they should be warned that this can be an expensive way to travel in London).

Full details of all public transport options, including service timetables, station opening times and much more, can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.

Parking for visitors to this design extravaganza

Meanwhile, visitors to the the inaugural London Design Biennale might also like to travel by car, with the area around Somerset House well-stocked for secure parking facilities:

  • NCP Car Park London Covent Garden (0.4 miles, nine minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • LCP Parking Services (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Q-Park Leicester Square (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Brewer Street NCP (one mile, 19 minutes)
  • Q-Park Chinatown (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Titan Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • NCP Car Park London Shaftesbury (0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Bloomsbury Square Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Imperial Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
  • NCP Car Park London Saffron Hill (one mile, 20 minutes)

Motorists are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense at all hours on the busy streets of central London, but especially during the morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advised for travellers to avoid taking to the roads at these times.

They might also like to pre-book their parking when planning a visit to the area, as spaces can be limited during the busiest times of day.