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Our top picks at London Design Festival

And some seriously hot honey

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Out Here No. #53 | Tuesday 20 September 2022

Three fab things to check out at London Design Festival

Let’s face it, as much as we pretend to tire of them, we’re all partial to an immersive installation. And immersive experiences don’t get much better than when the crème de la crème of the world’s design scene is behind them. The London Design Festival is massive. It spans dozens of locations and features a sprawling programme, the main highlights of which are the colourful and intrepid installations. This year they include everything from a sensorial vista of light and sound by tech pros Sony to a neolithic-style stone circle. Alongside this, and to mark the fest’s twentieth anniversary, there’s also a huge roster of events including culinary demonstrations, workshops in tufting and batik, open studios to explore, street art walks, talks on the bigger, existential questions surrounding how we design and make things, and museum lates. Plus, a dozen design districts to explore across the capital. The whole thing has a clear mission: to prove that our city is the world capital of design. But where do you even start? Here are our top suggestions.

Much-loved London artist Yinka Ilori has already brought his technicolour palette to lots of places in London. This time around he’s taking over the Design Museum with a kaleidoscopic display of colourful, geometric patterns inspired by the Nigerian fabrics of his childhood. You’ll leave with a smile on your face.

The Design Museum. Until Sep 25. Free.

Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Allen Jones. But during LDF it gets turbocharged with events, free exhibitions at NOW Gallery and an installation (obvs) from Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone transforming The Tide’s architecture with colour and light. Snazzy.

The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula. Until Sep 25. Free.

Say hello to a group of life-size human sculptures, glowing in lines of red from the gloomy corners of Borough Yards. They’re the work of US artist Patrick Nash, who’s also promised that the installation will respond directly to the movement of the viewer as they walk through the space. Get ready for some ‘Doctor Who’-style shit.

Borough Yards. Until Sep 25. Free.

By Alex ‘Dyson Hairdryer’ Sims

Read more/URL: Find more great things to do this week here.


Lilly’s Café 

What? All-day dining

Where? Covent Garden

One of the many sad things humans have been assailed with on our evolution from apes to is the strict rulebook governing what we consume, when. ‘Why can’t I have chips with breakfast?’ asks my querulous chimp brain. At Lilly's Café – from former Claridge’s head pastry chef Kimberly Lin – freedom from those tiresome rules comes at a price. Avocado toast came devoid of seasoning except an acrid witch’s breath of raw garlic. ‘Chiliquiles’ was a pile of soggy corn tortillas, with more bland avocado and only the most homeopathic dosage of the advertised chipotle agave sauce. It takes a lot for me to reject a pile of chips, but the limp chilli masala fries seemed to be actively trying to repel my advances. In tourist central, Lilly’s at least offers a rare corner where you could plausibly sit on a laptop without someone haranguing you into a main course. There’s value in that. But joy? This primitive, reward-seeking brain was left firmly unstimulated.

3 Henrietta St, WC2E 8LU.

Read the full slamming here.

Dr Sting’s fiery hot honey

Hot honey is 2022’s hottest new food trend, in both senses of the word. The sweet ’n’ spicy condiment is popping up everywhere at the moment, drizzled on the sourdough slices at your trendy local pizza joint, used as a glaze at the hyped new fried-chicken place by work and popping up on cocktail lists at the capital’s coolest bars. Get in on the trend by grabbing a bottle of Dr Sting’s wonderfully smoky and surprisingly spicy version. It’s made in small batches in south-east London using blossom honey, organic chillies and top-quality cider vinegar, and it will seriously elevate that cornershop Dr Oetker Ristorante next time you get home from the pub half-cut and can’t be bothered to cook dinner. Some people even have it on ice cream, apparently. Whatever floats your boat.


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London Design Festival: Courtesy of the artist; Yinka Ilori: Luke O'Donovan; Patrick Nash: Courtesy of London Design Festival; Lilly’s Cafe: Steven Joyce; Object of Desire: Jess Hand; Burger Off: Posh Cockney Productions; Jim’s Cafe: Jim’s Cafe/Facebook; Oktoberfest: Shutterstock

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