London Design Biennale

7 Sep 2016 – 27 Sep 2016

Event times

Monday – Wednesday & Saturday: 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Late night Thursday (15 & 22 only) & Friday 11.00 - 21.00
Thursday 8 September 11.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 14 September 11.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Tuesday 27 September 11.00 – 18.00

Cost of entry

£15, £10 Concession, £5 Child (plus booking fees)

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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London’s major new design event takes over Somerset House this September, exploring the theme utopia by design.


London’s major new design event takes over Somerset House this September, presenting newly commissioned works that explore the theme utopia by design.  Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. You will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions - all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world. See monumental installations in indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the building from some of the world’s best designers, representing thirty five countries including Austria, Israel, South Africa, Albania, the UK and USA. Barber & Osgerby will be designing the UK installation, curated by the V&A and supported by British Land. Their installation Forecast, moves with the wind, evoking the UK's nautical history and its future use of renewable energy. 

Exhibiting artists

Barber & Osgerby

Helidon Xhixha

Helidon Xhixha


Porky Hefer


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