See the best of Victoria’s design at special events across the area in September.
Part of the city-wide London Design Festival, the events, installations and activities in Victoria will showcase the creativity of the area’s designers, artists and architects.
Highlights include an eye-catching labyrinth at Westminster Cathedral Plaza, and a display of costumes from the show Wicked.
There will also be an exhibition showing how Victoria has changed through the years.
And, visitors will get their own chance to play a part in designing Victoria at an event in Victoria Place Shopping Centre.
The Victoria Connections Design District is intended to show how this area is one of London’s most well connected. It is a magnet for creative people.
In recent years, Victoria has seen its biggest transformation since the Victorian era. New businesses, residents, creative thinkers and visitors have been drawn to the district.
The festival runs for nine days from September 14-22.
Last year a record-breaking 588,000 visitors from more than 75 countries were attracted city-wide.
Festival Director Ben Evans said London had the biggest creative economy in the world and that design played a key role.
“Our festival celebrates and promotes London’s design excellence in a period when showcasing creativity is even more important,” he added.
Victoria Festival highlights include:
Based around a giant geometric labyrinth formation created by Patternity at Westminster Cathedral Plaza from sustainable recycled and recyclable materials. The bold graphic style will reflect the brickwork of the cathedral and the communal seating will pay homage to the geometries of the abbey architecture and space.
Wicked Costume Exhibition
View the stunning costumes worn by the stars of the show Wicked, that has been running at the theatre for more than 12 years and has picked up more than 100 awards.
At the Apollo Victoria Theatre. September 16 & 17, 19 & 20, 22.
Running at Victoria Place Shopping Centre from September 16-18 only, this is a chance to play your own part in designing your neighbourhood.
Victoria Then & Now
Take a tour starting from 80 Victoria Street in the Landsec offices. See a photography exhibition showing how the area has changed over the past 50 years. Then join the walking tour to see how this vibrant part of the capital has been transformed.
Marble and Mosaic
Discover the story of Westminster Cathedral designed in the early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley, and including the world-renowned 14 Stations of the Cross marble and mosaic work by the sculptor Eric Gill.
Free guided tours take place at 2pm on September 14-17, 19 and 22.
For more information on the London Design Festival and on the Victoria Connections Design District see the website.