Every year the festival spreads further across the capital and its crucial to plan how to get around London Design Festival in order to see all the exciting exhibitions, shows, events, installations and design districts. In the 11 years I have been visiting and working at the shows that form part of London Design Festival today, I have taken many modes of transport to get between the districts, exhibitions and events. In this blog I am sharing all my insider tips and those from the rest of the team members of the homes & lifestyle division here at Wild Card. We have focused on the exhibitions, as the design districts of the city are pretty self-explanatory:
It’s important to note that 100% Design is being held at Olympia making access to the show really easy, especially if you are travelling from Decorex, Focus and all the activities in central London. The exhibition hall is well served by a taxi rank, passing taxis on the Hammersmith Road and the overland train service that stops at Olympia station and its the train that I recommend as the best way to get to the show. Connecting with the train that serves Olympia station is very easy on the central and district lines if you are travelling from central London, and you can take the train direct from Focus via the overland service from Imperial Wharf station. Trains to and from Decorex go through Clapham Junction and you can switch here to the overland direct to Olympia. Check out the travel planner on the Olympia website if you are travelling from any other location: http://bit.ly/1JP8caP
The show organisers have worked very hard to ensure easy access to the show this year including securing a fantastic £20 voucher with Uber for visitors (check out the Decorex travel recommendations here and scroll down for details on that voucher). That said, we all recommend that you avoid driving down Park Lane whether in your own car or a taxi, and use another entrance as this road can easily become completely jammed due to the cars parked along it. Our recommendation is that you use the train to Syon Lane train station and walk to the show from there. Alternatively take the train to Richmond and catch the complimentary bus from there. Trains run frequently to and from both stations and London Waterloo.
The show is spread across two buildings, both on Southampton Row, WC1B, but you must register at Victoria House first at 37 Southampton Row. Getting there is extremely easy by tube, bus or taxi. We will be walking there from the office and going on from Design Junction to other LDF activities by tube from Holborn.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour always knows how to look after its visitors and there are many ways to get to Focus including by bus, river boat, taxi, car and overland train. There are also complimentary buses running between Focus and Decorex from right outside the Design Centre. The C3 bus is very useful as it runs between Earls Court tube and Clapham Junction passing right by Focus every ten minutes.
Both shows are in the Truman Brewery building on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane E1, and if you are travelling to the shows by tube or rail you will have a little walk to the exhibitions. However the location is well served by bus and it is dead easy to grab a cab from Liverpool Street station to Hanbury Street.
Our favourite app to get around London during the Design Festival (and at all other times too lets be honest!) is Citymapper. Its easy to use and takes the changeable traffic and travel disruptions into account. Download it here: https://citymapper.com/london/apps
We look forward to seeing you out and about during London Design Festival!