Wordsearch’s Pick of Architectural and Cultural Events in London


This month is happily defined by celebrations, festivals and exhibitions. See out summer in style by partying at The Shard, cheering along the biggest fleet of tall ships the Thames has seen in 25 years, and drifting around London Design Festival checking out the myriad of events it’s holding around the city. Here, Wordsearch present London’s most exciting architectural and cultural events.

Totally Thames Festival

The Totally Thames festival is a month-long celebration of the River Thames, with events happening along its 42-mile stretch through London. Regattas, river races, arts and cultural events will take place throughout September, including the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, where we’ll see the biggest fleet of ships to come to the capital in a quarter of a century. There’s also a chance to be charitable and don your rubber gloves to help clean the river as part of ‘The Big Thames Tidy’. Totally Thames 1st-30th September. Tall Ships Regatta 5-9th September.

Silent Disco at The Shard

Wordsearch is proud to have produced the launch material for The Shard, arguably London’s most striking building. Knowing The Shard like we do, and having paid witness to its unparalleled views across the city, we recommend securing a ticket for its Silent Disco event as soon as you can. Dance along to your favourite tunes whilst toasting the panoramic views. 23rd August, 6th, 27th September, 4th October, 15th November.

Open House London

The most hotly anticipated event in any architectural enthusiast’s diary. The Open House weekend gives you the chance to step inside London’s usually private buildings. Admission is free, and there’s access to over 750 buildings, with tour guides on hand, and in many cases the building’s architects themselves. Take a first look at Rogers Stirk + Harbour’s new Leadenhall Building; other venues include The Gherkin, 10 Downing Street and recently shortlisted Stirling Prize nominee, the Saw Swee Hock Building. 20th & 21st September.

London Design Festival

One of the world’s most important design events, there will be over 300 exhibitions, talks and installations across London. One of the festival’s landmark projects is ‘A Place Called Home’, where Trafalgar Square’s will host four designers’ visions of a room within a house that you would never want to leave.  Another landmark event is the ‘Endless Stair’ on the Tate Modern lawn. The 187 steps are made of American tulipwood; a highly abundant material, which designer Alex de Rijke predicts will be the ‘new concrete’. 13th September- 10th October.

The Art of the Brick, The Truman Brewery

Nathan Sawaya’s has used millions of Lego blocks to create this mind-blowing global exhibition. Sculptures include everything from classical works of art such as The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue, conceptual pieces and even a t-rex. The New York based artist has created awe-inspiring works of art using standard red, blue and yellow Lego bricks, which he began creating in 2002. Opens 26th September.

Paper Cut

Another extraordinary exhibition, this time using paper as an artistic medium. The Paper Cut exhibition at The Proud Archivist showcases 25 of the world’s most critically acclaimed paper craft illustrators and their spectacular creations. There are over 50 pieces on show, including artworks, paper sculptures and prints. Artists will mingle amongst the crowds, giving talks and hosting workshops. Highlights include Kirigami artworks from Marc Hagan-Guirey’s spectral Horrorgami series. Until September 25th.

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