London’s top ten Instagram hotspots


Love Home Swap has discovered the top photobombing locations in London, with some interesting findings.

The home exchange club revealed the ten most popular ‘selfie’ spots in London (the world’s most Instagrammed capital city).

The iconic Hyde Park is the most Instagrammed location of the capital, with more than 715,563 Instagram posts.

Madison St Pauls and Battersea Park rank second and third with 210,005 shots and 103,211 posts respectively.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you’ve taken selfies at.

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Review


The most exciting festival in Clerkenwell has come to an end.

Bigger and better than ever, this year’s CDW saw interactive installations, a vibrant fringe, immersive showroom experiences, and beautiful brands come together to showcase an astonishing range of creativity.

Our highlights (and photographs) are legion, but here are just a few final observations:

Jimbobart at Additions – St John’s Square

The brainchild of designer James Ward, Jimbobart is a range of slightly eccentric, very subversive ceramics based on ‘expressive animal drawings’. Our favourite is ‘The Cake Crusader’ (as pictured).

Metro Imaging – 32 Great Sutton Street

Visitors had an exclusive opportunity to explore the printing specialists’ work, which includes printing onto surfaces such as metal, glass, and stone. The Kate Moss print in particular stood out dramatically against the stark white walls.

Tarkett at Desso – 23-25 Great Sutton Street

Flooring manufacturer Tarkett teamed up with trend forecasters Scarlet Opus for a presentation on upcoming design trends for commercial interiors, with a translation for flooring. Trend Presenter Sally Angharad gave a highly engaging snapshot of the current influences on the creative industry and how these are set to evolve during this year and next.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed Clerkenwell Design Week; let us know your CDW highlights.

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Preview


One of the most hotly anticipated design festivals in London opens tomorrow and The Think Tank will be exploring it first-hand.

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is now in its sixth year, well established in the national (if not international) design calendar.

From funky installations and product showcases to one-off presentations and networking events, CDW offers a true smorgasbord of treats to anyone interested in the creative industries.

CDW is worth an explore if you’re in the area (you can register here); if not, follow our blog and the official hashtag #CDW2015.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to during Clerkenwell Design Week.

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Tube station renamed in landmark marketing deal


A London Underground station was renamed for a day for a ‘landmark’ sponsorship deal with the London Marathon.

Canada Water station was renamed to Buxton Water last Sunday, using the hashtag #withyoualltheway to mark the brand’s sponsorship of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Head of Marketing at Nestlé Waters UK, Caroline Juin, said: “renaming a London Underground station Buxton Water on the day of the marathon not only showcases our commitment to the event but raises awareness of the importance of drinking enough water, whether it be on your daily commute or running a marathon.”

Find out more about the renaming here and tell us if you think it was a worthwhile stunt.

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Say it with Chocolate


Cadbury has unveiled its latest in-store promotion in London airports.

The confectionary brand’s ‘Say it with Chocolate’ campaign lets consumers personalise the iconic Dairy Milk bar in Heathrow and Stansted.

You can choose between six different stickers, saying phrases such as ‘thank you’ or ‘congrats’, to apply to a gift sleeve.

The promotion will run from April to June at Stansted and from September to November at Heathrow.

Find out more about the campaign here and let us know if you’ll be personalising your chocolate.

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Giant slides to be installed in London


Carsten Höller has unveiled his new plans for the Hayward Gallery, which includes two giant slides.

The slides are part of Höller’s ‘Decision’ exhibition and will be open to gallery visitors as an exit.

Director of the Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, said: “’Decision’ will ask visitors to make choices, but also, more importantly, to embrace a kind of double vision that takes in competing points of view”.

Visitors will be able to experience the exhibition from June to September.

Have a look at the design here and tell us if you’ll be having a go.

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Serpentine Gallery reveals colourful design for 2015


The Serpentine Gallery has unveiled a new design by SelgasCano for its 2015 Pavilion.

The Spanish duo, appointed for the job in December, have transformed the pavilion into colourful chrysalis shaped structure.

The artists explained their project: “we sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, form, change, surprise, colour and materials.”

The Serpentine Gallery annually gives designers the opportunity to provide their interpretation of the pavilion.

Discover the new pavilion here and tell us if you would like to visit.

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