Open Eyes //

LDF//18

Welcome to Great Britain! London Design Festival is calling! This year's training takes us to the design Mecca of London. Here it is not only the London Design Festival itself that attracts visitors, but also museums, exhibitions, shops, installations, traditions and much more.

Thursday, 7.40 a.m. our flight to London Heathrow leaves. Equipped with the Oyster Card we take the Piccadilly Line to Hyde Park to bring our luggage to the 4 and 6 bedded rooms of our hostel. Immediately afterwards we explore the Victoria & Albert Museum, which offers exciting exhibitions of ceramic design, interior design and light installations. For the afternoon Dani has organised a street art tour of Shoreditch for us. Our tour guide Dave explains the different works of art with all his heart and soul and tells us funny anecdotes about the artists like Banksy, Ben Wilson or Roa. Afterwards we first enjoy original London Fish&Chips. But the highlight of this day is probably the visit of the musical 42nd Street in the Theatre Royal. Tap dancing, colourful costumes and brilliant singing enchant us.

Our dear Kim has booked us for London wonderful places for the best start into the day. So, on Friday morning we enjoy our avocado toast, orange juice and tea in Muriel's Kitchen. On a walk through the city together we then explore the tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye to the Tate Modern where we can enjoy modern and contemporary art as well as a breathtaking view of London. In the evening, we take the classic English cabs to another highlight of our trip: Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant. Simply delicious!

Saturday starts with pancakes and latte at the cute Café Farmgirl in Chelsea. And the London Design Biennale lures us to Somerset House, where we explore impressive exhibitions from all over the world. Afterwards, leisure time is planned for everyone, where the majority of our group is drawn to Camden Market. In the collection of different markets and shops, everyone finds a souvenir or gift to take home. In the evening, we discover a cosy Italian restaurant near our hotel and afterwards we end the evening with an ale in the pub.

Sunday welcomes us rainy. So, we hurry straight to Deliciously Ella for breakfast. After porridge and vegan hot chocolate we take the typical red double-decker bus to the Design Museum. There we explore the haute couture exhibition of Azzedine Alaïa and are thrilled by the extraordinary fabrics and elegant cuts. But also, the permanent exhibition Designer-Maker-User is excitingly structured and shows more than 1,000 design objects in the course of time.

At 4 p.m. we set off for the airport and after a slight delay we arrive back in Stuttgart at 11 p.m. After four days full of design and art, we are inspired, motivated and grateful for this terrific further education! A big thank you goes especially to Priska and Alexander for the perfect organisation in the run-up!