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London Design BiennaleProduced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings an international element to the design festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the biennale returns in 2018 bringing design installations and exhibitions from 40 countries, cities and territories to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors respond to this year's theme 'Emotional States' through contemporary design, their immersive presentations occupying the former royal palace at Somerset House, including the famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace.

 

About Somerset House

Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). More about Somerset House

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London Design Biennale  Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve  

   
London Design Biennale - Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve

London Design Biennale Argentina, The Impenetrable Forest, TRImarchi Collective, photo: Ed Reeve 


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Mamma Mia!
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th September 2012 to 14th September 2019
London Design Biennale, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from London Design Biennale
Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and ...More
 
 
 
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London Design Biennale, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from London Design Biennale
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London Design Biennale, 404 Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from London Design Biennale
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Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as London Design Biennale
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Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as London Design Biennale
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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsShowing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and2019-01-24T11:00:00+00002019-03-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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PRICING  £14, concs £11, child Free
DATES  25th October 2018 to 3rd March 2019
VENUE  Somerset House 
Showing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and... More about this event
 
Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second LanguageHanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second LanguageThe two fashion photographers present new works in direct response to the historical setting of Somerset House.2019-01-25T11:00:00+00002019-04-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second Language
London Fashion WeekLondon Fashion WeekLondon Fashion WeekOver 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, wi2019-02-15T00:00:00+00002019-02-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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DATES  15th to 19th Feb 2019
VENUE  Somerset House 
Over 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, wi... More about this event
 
 

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
Exhibitions | Until 3rd March 2019 

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Showing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 14th September 2019 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 1st June 2019 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Theatre | Until 20th July 2019 

Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written ...More

 
Future Engineers
Future Engineers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
True West
True West
Theatre | Until 16th February 2019 

Vaudeville Theatre 5 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Kit Harington - famous for his leading role in Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of Lovesick, ...More

 
I'm Not Running
I'm Not Running
Theatre | Until 31st January 2019 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 6 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

The world premiere of David Hare's new play I'm Not Running stars a strong cast which includes Doctor Foster actress ...More

 
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
Theatre | Until 4th March 2019 

National Theatre 6 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at the National Theatre in January 2019 starring in the world premiere of Martin Crimp's ...More

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata
Royal Opera: La Traviata
Concerts | Until 31st January 2019 

Royal Opera House 6 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Richard Eyre's production is a well-rehearsed formula for the Royal Opera but time after time it draws the crowds with ...More

 
Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades
Royal Opera House: Queen Of Spades
Concerts | Until 1st February 2019 

Royal Opera House 6 minutes walk from London Design Biennale

Norwegian director Stefan Herheim presents a spectacular production of Pyotr ll'yich Tchaikovsky's adaptation of the Alexander Pushkin story of a ...More

 

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