What’s on in north London this September 2016?

The Indian entry at London Design Biennale

The Indian entry at London Design Biennale - Credit: London Design Biennale

From shopping for antiques to eyeing up new interiors trends or discovering experimental design and hidden architecture, here’s what’s on in north London this month for interiors and design fans.

Kebony House

Kebony House - Credit: Archant

Open House London, September 17-18, Locations across London

Highlights for interiors fiends in Hampstead can be found at 44 Willoughby Road, a new-build, open plan studio house with integrated gardens on each level; Kebony House, a bungalow like no other; and a retrofitted property on Elizabeth Mews. Check out openhouselondon.org.uk for the full programme and to book.

Spain's entry at the London Design Biennale

Spain's entry at the London Design Biennale - Credit: London Design Biennale

London Design Biennale, September 7-27, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

Coinciding with the London Design Festival, the first London Design Biennale has the theme of Utopia, to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s text, and showcases museums and design organisations from across the world. From the irreverent to the futuristic, 37 countries have come together to showcase ideas ranging from South African animal sculptures to a Mexican hexagonal Border City.


Clerkenwell Design Quarter

Clerkenwell Design Quarter - Credit: Clerkenwell Design Quarter

London Design Festival, September 17-25, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, Islington, King’s Cross

The annual London Design Festival takes place across London but this year there are even more opportunities for north Londoners to stay local with focussed ‘design districts’ including the Shoreditch Design Triangle, Islington Design District, Clerkenwell Design Quarter and designjunction at King’s Cross (September 22-25). Shops and design studios will be participating with special events and shopping evenings.


Mark Wallinger Freud

Mark Wallinger Freud - Credit: Karolina Urbaniak / Freud Museum

Mark Wallinger at the Freud Museum, Until September 25, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX

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The Freud Museum is always a good place to visit to soak up design tips from the master of psychoanalysis (specialism: couches) but it’s worth returning to for a look at the sculptural installation of Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger. In a piece titled ‘Self Reflection’, Wallinger has fixed a mirror across the ceiling of Freud’s study, offering a new perspective both on the room, and on the discipline of psychoanalysis itself.


Alfies Antique Market is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Alfies Antique Market is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. - Credit: Archant

Alfies Antique Market 40th birthday, September 20-24, Church Street, NW8 8DT

The popular antique market housed in an Art Deco building – previously Jordan’s Department Store – celebrates 40 years in business this September with a series of talks, demonstrations and workshops from the plethora of experts who peddle their wares in the building.