London Festival of Architecture 2019: what not to miss

Throughout the month of June the British capital is awash with pop-up pavilions, tours, openings and talks for its annual architecture festival. Here are five events we won't be missing.  

This year's London Festival of Architecture takes the theme of "Boundaries", with over 400 events taking place across the city – from the annual Lego-building challenge hosted at the Royal Academy, to open studio events, cycling tours and film screenings – these are our picks of what not to miss:

The Wooden Parliament

A latticed wooden pavilion installed on the edge of Regent's Canal beside Thomas Heatherwick's Coal Drops Yard development assumes the role of public forum. The structure is designed by Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda to host musical performances, drawing workshops and events organised by the Museum of Architecture.

3-30 June
Granary Square, Kings Cross

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The Colour Pavilion

Designer Yinka Ilori and architect Pricegore's brightly coloured pavilion is decorated with punchy graphics based on Nigerian fabric patterns. Set in the grounds of Sir John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, the second biennial Dulwich Pavilion will outlive the festival, remaining open to enjoy until the close of summer.   

12 June - 22 September
Dulwich Picture Gallery

Learning from Las Vegas in London

The legacy of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s acclaimed text will be examined in the context of a London casino – with contributors including architects Sam Jacob and Adam Nathaniel Furman and Studio Mutt, and Sir John Soane’s Museum curator, Owen Hopkins.

24 June
Hippodrome Casino

The Quintessential English Garden: what does it mean to be native?

Lily Jencks Studio’s installation at the heart of Canary Wharf questions the what we really mean by "native". Based on the idyll English garden, the Stourhead estate, it will collect together native and assumed native, but non-native species to prompt the conversation. 

10 June - 12 July
Cabot Square, Canary Wharf

Alsop Whistlestop Tour

A self-guided tour to the work of late architect Will Alsop takes participants – by bike, public transport, or foot for the fit – on a merry tour across London, to Peckham Library and Doodle Bar in the south to the Neuron Pod Building for Queen Mary University and Heron Quays Docklands Light Railway station in the east. 

1-30 June

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