London Design Festival

King’s Cross, London’s creative quarter and newest shopping destination, will for the first time become a London Design Festival Design District.

As well as hosting the interiors show, designjunction, some of the biggest names in the area will open their doors to the public. Expect to see large-scale installations like Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper at Coal Drops Yard, plus presentations from King’s Cross residents such as Tom Dixon and Central Saint Martins.

There are special festival offers available at many of the neighbourhood’s restaurants and bars, find the details below. Here’s a listing of places to eat and drink, or head to Coal Drops Yard where there are more than 50 shops, bars and restaurants to discover in a gorgeous alfresco setting.

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King's Cross Design District

King's Cross Design District

King’s Cross, London’s creative quarter, will for the first time become a London Design Festival Design District. As well as hosting the interiors show, designjunction, some of the biggest names in the district will open their doors to the public with exhibitions, installations, talks and much more!

designjunction

designjunction

From the world’s leading designers to undiscovered brands, designjunction brings together the newest and most forward-thinking furniture, lighting and accessory designs of 2019 in London’s brand-new design district.

Over 100 world-class brands, alongside pop-ups, installations and major brand activations offer the ultimate design experience. This is a ticketed event. See the highlights and find out more here.

19-22 Sept
Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper

Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper

During the London Design Festival, Coal Drops Yard will be home to a Festival Commission by Martino Gamper. This one-off installation is a playful addition to the King’s Cross architecture – a false facade with traditional cladding from the Italian Alps.  The installation is inspired by the concept of a Potemkin village. Read more here

Coal Drops Yard, 14-22 Sept
Roksanda x Gasholder

Roksanda x Gasholder

To celebrate London Design Festival and the first ever King’s Cross Design District, Gasholders presents ‘The Penthouse’ by fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. Book a tour and get one-of-a-kind access to this landmark residence where Roksanda has applied her unique aesthetic to create an exquisite play on her signature sculptural form, textural depth and unusual colour combos. Tours are free and run daily at 10am, 12pm, 3pm. Booking is required.

To celebrate London Design Festival and the first ever King’s Cross Design District, Gasholders presents ‘The Penthouse’ by fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. Book a tour and get one-of-a-kind access to this landmark residence where Roksanda has applied her unique aesthetic to create an exquisite play on her signature sculptural form, textural depth and unusual colour combos.

On display will be an elegant blend of furniture, art, ceramics, books and objet from artists and designers including Lina Bo Bardi, Alanna Wilson, Charlotte Perriand and Caroline Denervaud, revealing Roksanda’s passion for diverse disciplines in design and the arts from a female perspective, creating a conversation between the rooms and those walking through them.

Tours are free and run daily at 10am, 12pm, 3pm. Booking is required. Please meet at the Gasholders Concierge desk at your booked time.

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Gasholders, 18-22 Sept, 10am, 12pm & 3pm
Designing in Turbulent Times

Designing in Turbulent Times

This Central Saint Martins, LVMH and Maison/0 exhibition showcases graduate projects from Central Saint Martins offering disruptive and compelling propositions for more sustainable and equitable futures. Faced with increasingly urgent social and environmental pressures, the exhibition highlights how creativity can be a powerful agent for innovation and transformation. This exhibition is free and open to all. Find out more here.

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, 14-27 Oct, Mon-Sun 11am-6pm, late opening Thu 11am-8pm
Samsung KX Presents Martino Gamper: Idiosincratico

Samsung KX Presents Martino Gamper: Idiosincratico

Samsung presents Idiosincratico: an exposition of the designer’s creative practice.  The Samsung space will offer a unique vantage point on Gamper’s installation below. As well as viewing the exhibit, visitors can also interact with the latest technology, and take part in an ongoing series of events, workshops and performances.

Presenting three significant projects, Idiosincratico gives insight into Gamper’s creative process.  Read more here

14-22 Sept. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 12-6pm
designjunction - The Canopy

designjunction - The Canopy

A market of seventy pop-up shops and emerging design labels, with a curated mix of design-led products from
fashion accessories to technology, ceramics, glassware and stationery. Ticketed, sign up online

19 - 22 Sept, Thu 11am–8pm, Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm, West Handyside Canopy
designjunction Cubitt House

designjunction Cubitt House

Visit the dedicated pavilion for cutting edge iconic furniture and lighting brands, featuring both emerging talent as well as global brands exhibiting their designs in London for the first time.  This is a ticketed event.  Sign up  online

19 - 22 Sept, Thu 11am–8pm, Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm, Lewis Cubitt Square
designjunction – Rado Star Prize

designjunction – Rado Star Prize

For its third edition, the Rado Star Prize will be showcasing cutting-edge design pieces by the next generation of young British designers in the King’s Cross Light Tunnel. The theme, ‘Re:Imagine’, explores different ways design can improve life: by evolving existing product forms through materials, function, technology, end-use or even, re-use.

19 - 22 Sept, King's Cross Light Tunnel
designjunction Talks

designjunction Talks

The 2019 Talks programme at Everyman Cinema explores themes such as the relationship between design and dyslexia, wellbeing in the workplace, the circular economy, why the design industry needs to find space for new voices, plus much more. Be captivated by a host of world-class speakers holding lively discussion and debate across the latest trends and topics that really matter. See the full programme

19 - 22 Sept, Everyman Cinema
PRINT - Bill Amberg Studio

PRINT - Bill Amberg Studio

With a modern take on leather decoration, Bill Amberg brings together leading creatives for a new collection of digitally-printed leather hides. This year’s collaborators include Marcel Wanders, Calico Wallpaper, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Lisa Miller, Alexandra Champalimaud and artist Matthew Day Jackson.

With a modern take on leather decoration, Bill Amberg brings together leading creatives for a new collection of digitally-printed leather hides. This year’s collaborators include Marcel Wanders, Calico Wallpaper, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Lisa Miller, Alexandra Champalimaud and artist Matthew Day Jackson.

Bill Amberg Studio has existed for over 30 years, and today stands as an industry leader in bespoke leather products, interiors and furniture. Bringing together artisans from the worlds of saddlery, bag making, bookbinding and other forms of fine leathercraft, the studio has a mission to explore the aesthetic and material possibilities of leather.

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Viaduct level, Coal Drops Yard, 19-22 Sept, Thur-Sat 10am-8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
STORE Store Workshops + Product Launch

STORE Store Workshops + Product Launch

Visit STORE Store in Coal Drops Yard during London Design Festival for the launch of After School Club products made by state school pupils. STORE Store is also hosting a series of public weekday After Work Club workshops during LDF, hosted by leading UK artists and designers.  Read more here

Coal Drops Yard, 14-22 Sept, Mon-Wed: 10am-9pm Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm Thu/Sun: 12-6pm
Granby Workshop

Granby Workshop

Granby Workshop launches a new range of ceramic tableware made from 100% waste materials at London Design Festival. The range will be showcased at an installation and pop-up shop in Coal Drops Yard, with limited edition prototypes and one-off pieces available for sale.

Granby Workshop launches a new range of ceramic tableware made from 100% waste materials at London Design Festival. The range will be showcased at an installation and pop-up shop in Coal Drops Yard, with limited edition prototypes and one-off pieces available for sale.

The range has grown out of extensive research by the Liverpool-based ceramics studio gathering, testing and analysing materials from a wide range of post-consumer and industrial waste streams including glass, metal and ceramic recycling, steel production, quarry spoils and water filtration.  Collectively, these sources generate hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste per year which otherwise goes to landfill.

Through a combination of hands-on experiments and chemical analyses, the workshop has developed a range of beautiful & durable ceramic bodies and glazes from these materials that reproduce the physical properties of conventional glazed stoneware or porcelain and along with being 100% recycled, are 100% food, dishwasher and microwave safe.

A selection of colours and finishes have been produced by drawing out the different metal and ceramic oxides from each waste material. For example, speckles and subtle surface variegations are created by iron and rutile content, the glaze’s silky smooth surface is a product of a finely ground magnesia-rich refractory ceramic waste and lower firing temperatures are achieved by incorporating recycled laboratory glassware.  The first product to be released from the range will be an elegant everyday mug, available exclusively on Kickstarter with the goal of funding the scaling-up the workshop’s production facilities to produce the rest of the range.

The installation at London Design Festival will showcase the complete range along with the wide-ranging tests and experiments that fed into its development and an exclusive range of prototypes and one-off pieces that will be available for sale.

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Granby Workshop Pop- up, Coal Drops Yard, 18th-22nd Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Celebrating Independent Design by Wolf & Badger

Celebrating Independent Design by Wolf & Badger

A series of events and workshops centred around sustainability within home and lifestyle design. Featuring a workshop from Alan Moore, author of Do Design, an immersive art pop up by Everyone Agency and Soho Curious + Co, plus talks and discussions around architecture and product design. For timings visit here.

A series of events and workshops centred around sustainability within home and lifestyle design. Featuring a workshop from Alan Moore, author of Do Design, an immersive art pop up by Everyone Agency and Soho Curious + Co, plus talks and discussions around architecture and product design. For timings visit here.

Wolf & Badger is home to some of the world’s best independent designers from fashion, jewellery, homeware, beauty, accessories and beauty. The brand is known for supporting independent designers and artisans that bring a sense of ethical and sustainability awareness.

During London Design Festival, Wolf & Badger will host series of interactive workshops and events in its flagship Coal Drops Yard store including candle making, pottery, illustration workshops, live demonstrations, talks from industry experts and much more.

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Coal Drops Yard, 17-22 Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Marie Neurath: Picturing Science

Marie Neurath: Picturing Science

Marie Neurath and her team at the Isotype Institute transformed learning for children. See this exhibition of ground-breaking graphic design from the original “transformer” at House of Illustration.  Then go deeper at a study day about Neurath and her contemporaries: pioneering women who used design to revolutionise education.

Marie Neurath and her team at the Isotype Institute transformed learning for children. See this exhibition of ground-breaking graphic design from the original “transformer” at House of Illustration.  Then go deeper at a study day about Neurath and her contemporaries: pioneering women who used design to revolutionise education.

From the 1940s to the 1970s, Marie Neurath led a team of researchers, artists and writers at the Isotype Institute to produce over 80 illustrated children’s books, over half of which are dedicated to science education. At a time when most women were expected to raise children, Neurath instead set about educating them, transforming complex science into striking infographics and diagrams to be easily understood by those of all ages.

Marie Neurath: Picturing Science will demonstrate this process of transformation, from early ideas for picture books, research documents and initial sketches to final page spreads and bold book covers.

EXHIBITION AND STUDY DAY
Exhibition: 19 Jul – 3 Nov.
Tue-Sat 10am–5.30pm, Sun 11am–5.30pm
Study Day: Mon 16 Sept, 11am–5pm.

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House of Illustration, 14-22 Sept, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 11am-5.30pm
Touchy Smelly Feely Tasty Noisy at Tom Dixon

Touchy Smelly Feely Tasty Noisy at Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon will fill his King’s Cross hub with the flavours, the fragrances, the sounds, the colours and textures of the future. The entire Coal Office – from the studio, shop, factory and trade counters to the bar and restaurant – will become a multi-sensory lab with interactive installations, workshops and talks inspired by the five senses and how they shape the future of design.  Read more here

Tom Dixon, Coal Drops Yard, 14th - 22nd Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-5pm
Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries

Women in Print Study Day: Marie Neurath and Her Contemporaries

This informal study day will shine a light on mid-century classroom picture books and the women who created them. Leading experts in the field will consider the ways in which Marie Neurath, Marion Richardson, Gwen White and Barbara Jones utilised illustration in the classroom to promote a more egalitarian and creative educational agenda.

This informal study day will shine a light on mid-century classroom picture books and the women who created them. Leading experts in the field will consider the ways in which Marie Neurath, Marion Richardson, Gwen White and Barbara Jones utilised illustration in the classroom to promote a more egalitarian and creative educational agenda.

Speakers will include Joe Pearson of Design for Today, Professor Sue Walker of the University of Reading, Jane Audas, Dr Bryony Quinn and Kate Farley.  This study day is part of the Women In Print series of events convened by Desdemona McCannon.  Please bring warm layers as the South Gallery is kept at a cool temperature to conserve the artwork on display.

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House of Illustration, 16 Sept, 11am-5pm
Carhartt WIP presents - An Introduction to Fragrance Making with Maya Njie

Carhartt WIP presents - An Introduction to Fragrance Making with Maya Njie

Experience this multi-sensory installation and join a series of fragrance blending workshops to learn how to structure top, heart and base notes, and build your own bespoke fragrance.

Experience this multi-sensory installation and join a series of fragrance blending workshops to learn how to structure top, heart and base notes, and build your own bespoke fragrance.

On finishing her design degree at The University of the Arts London, Maya set out to communicate her personal memories and heritage through combining her two favourite mediums; photography and perfumery.

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Installation 14-22 Sept. Workshop 21 Sept, 11am - 4.30pm
Tracey Neuls Designer's Cut

Tracey Neuls Designer's Cut

Nicknamed the designers’ designer, London footwear icon Tracey Neuls is celebrated for combining the worlds of design, art and fashion. For London Design Festival, Tracey steps into the world of film.

Nicknamed the designers’ designer, London footwear icon Tracey Neuls is celebrated for combining the worlds of design, art and fashion. For London Design Festival, Tracey steps into the world of film.

The gallery-like arch of Tracey’s Coal Drops Yard boutique will be reinvented as a cinema-inspired installation. Shoes hanging from the ceiling – her brand’s signature display – will surround rows of classic red velvet theatre seats. A first-hand account of her creative process, inspirations and her brand’s evolution will be discussed in an original short film. More akin to arthouse film than blockbuster movie, watch her merging surrealism with cutting-edge contemporary design.

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14-22 Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard is new shopping district at King’s Cross. The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches are home to a wonderful and unexpected mix of independent shops and brands from home and abroad. There are more than 50 stores, bars and restaurants to discover. Find out more here.

Maya Magal Jewellery Workshop Takeover

Maya Magal Jewellery Workshop Takeover

Always had an interest in jewellery and dreamed of making your own piece? Perhaps you’re keen to learn a new skill? Now is the time! Throughout London Design Festival, the jewellery-makers behind Maya Magal will be taking to the workbenches at the Coal Drops Yard store. There will be live demonstrations, interactive workshops and an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to explore the traditional techniques used to create Maya Magal’s contemporary designs.

Always had an interest in jewellery and dreamed of making your own piece? Perhaps you’re keen to learn a new skill? Now is the time! Throughout London Design Festival, the jewellery-makers behind Maya Magal will be taking to the workbenches at the Coal Drops Yard store. There will be live demonstrations, interactive workshops and an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to explore the traditional techniques used to create Maya Magal’s contemporary designs.

The team will take you on the creative journey from sketch to a finished piece, giving you the opportunity to come away with your own pieces to take home. The masterclasses will include a range of group workshops focusing on different jewellery-making techniques as well as a chance to book 1:2:1 bespoke design consultations. The team will also be hosting a series of live drop-in demonstrations throughout the week. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, there is a masterclass for everyone.

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18-22 Sept, Wed-Sun 10am-7pm
Restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood

Restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood

Here’s a listing of the restaurants, bars and cafes at King’s Cross.  There should be something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. Or check out these foodie hotspots only at Coal Drops Yard.

Harry's x Tom Dixon

Harry's x Tom Dixon

Harry’s and Tom Dixon present an experimental barbershop at The Coal Office, inspired by the tactility of shaving. Created in collaboration with the Harry’s design team, led by Scott Newlin, guests will be immersed in a sensory experience that embodies the brand’s thoughtful craftsmanship.

Free and open to all.

Tom Dixon Shop, Coal Drops Yard, 14-22 Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Can Con @ House of Cans

Can Con @ House of Cans

House of Cans may be the world’s first aluminium-can-only bar and off-licence. Specially for London Design Festival, House of Cans brings together 15 designers and 15 drinks producers to create CanCon, a one-day beer and drinks festival with design, sustainability and great taste at its heart.

House of Cans, Lower Stable Street, 21 Sept, 12-10pm
Lasting Impressions Exhibition

Lasting Impressions Exhibition

Fresh Ceramics Graduates from Central Saint Martins 2019 present a cornucopia of contemporary craft. Lasting Impressions brings together a culturally and artistically diverse group of creative practitioners – the exhibition features everything from cutting-edge tableware to clay animation.

Fresh Ceramics Graduates from Central Saint Martins 2019 present a cornucopia of contemporary craft. Lasting Impressions brings together a culturally and artistically diverse group of creative practitioners – the exhibition features everything from cutting-edge tableware to clay animation.

See Lasting Impressions at The Crypt Gallery under St Pancras Church, Euston Road (Dukes Road Entrance), NW1 2BA

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The Crypt Gallery 18-22 Sept, Wed 5-9pm, Thu-Fri 12-7pm, Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-4pm
KX Design Bicycle Tour with Vermuteria

KX Design Bicycle Tour with Vermuteria

As part the London Design Festival festivities, Vermuteria is partnering with Brompton x CHPT3 and Hövding for a KX Design Bicycle Tour. Join Michael Sodeau and tour the exhibitions and installations within the King’s Cross Design District as well as galleries, showrooms and features in the surrounding area.

 

As part the London Design Festival festivities, Vermuteria is partnering with Brompton x CHPT3 and Hövding for a KX Design Bicycle Tour. Join Michael Sodeau and tour the exhibitions and installations within the King’s Cross Design District as well as galleries, showrooms and features in the surrounding area.

Meet at Vermuteria in Coal Drops Yard for a coffee, pastry and briefing before heading out. Brompton x CHPT3 bikes will be supplied along with Hövding Airbag helmets. Space is limited to 16 riders. Tickets cost £20 and include breakfast and special store discounts.

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21 Sept, 9.30am-1pm
London Calling - Freddie Grubb @ Wolf & Badger

London Calling - Freddie Grubb @ Wolf & Badger

Independent British bicycle brand Freddie Grubb present their latest work – a number of exciting collaborations which explore materials, colour, sustainability and the role of the bicycle in our ever-changing city.  Also, look out for special editions of their beautiful hand-built city bicycles.

Wolf & Badger, Coal Drops Yard, 14-22 Sept, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
COS × Serpentine Park Nights - Klein (DJ Set) at Coal Drops Yard

COS × Serpentine Park Nights - Klein (DJ Set) at Coal Drops Yard

Composer and playwright Klein presents a rare DJ set where her unpredictable approach to the form creates a playful and essential riposte to the norm. COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019 is the Serpentine summer series of experimental, interdisciplinary commissions, sponsored by COS. Ticket sign-ups will be available soon, sign up via COS facebook

18 Sept, 7pm - 9pm, Coal Drops Yard
Tottex X Kiosk N1C - Textile Waste Banner Installation

Tottex X Kiosk N1C - Textile Waste Banner Installation

Tottex and Kiosk N1C present a new installation of banners on Lower Stable Street, inspired by the challenge of waste in our textile and fashion industries. Alongside this installation, there will be a series of workshops with the Tottex team.

Lower Stable Street, 18-22 Sept
Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen

Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen

How do you feed a million fruit flies? How does an eyelash become a scientific tool? Take a look behind the scenes at Britain’s biggest lab to discover the astonishing methods driving the latest advances in science and medicine. Find out more about this free exhibition.

The Francis Crick Institute, 14 & 18-21 Sept, Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Sat 10am-4pm
SUPERMAX

SUPERMAX

Designed like a 1970s fantasy club from Milan, hidden vermouth-led basement bar SUPERMAX is all neon and terrazzo. For London Design Festival, Supermax’s Aperitivo Hour, described by Time Out as “the capital’s coolest happy hour”, runs all night with £6 cocktails and cicchetti. DJs from the Spiritland stable play Friday and Saturday nights. Redeemable when you present your LDF guide.

Wed-Sat 5:30pm–1am.
The Coal Office

The Coal Office

Order the 3-course menu in partnership with Natoora and receive a free drink on arrival and 20% off any purchases in the Tom Dixon store. Redeemable with your LDF guide and Coal Office bill.

Alongside this, the Perrier-Jouët garden will be open all day throughout the festival on the Coal Office Restaurant Terrace.

14–22 Sep. Mon – Fri 8am-10pm, Sat – Sun 8am-11pm
German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

Join German Gymnasium for breakfast during London Design Festival and get 20% off your meal upon presentation of the LDF guide. Available from 8-11am only. Maximum of 10 guests.  No booking required.

14-22 Sept
Bodega Rita's

Bodega Rita's

Bodega Rita’s has a special meal deal on the menu. The L.D.F (labneh ripple, dukkah and falafel) sandwich comes with a bag of crisps and a soft drink for £10. Available in-store, for the duration of festival.

Redeemable with LDF guide.

Vermuteria

Vermuteria

This all-day café and bar from designer Michael Sodeau and Chef Anthony Demetre will be offering guests a taste of their seasonal menu with daily fresh pasta dishes and a house Vermouth.

The Lighterman

The Lighterman

Head to The Lighterman during London Design Festival and try the “Planet Negroni” cocktail – an English twist on the classic Negroni using Silent Pool Gin, Sacred Rosehip Cup Liqueur and Earl Grey tea. Pop the planet to release your cocktail and enjoy! Available for the festival period only.

Happy Face Pizza

Happy Face Pizza

A love letter to Italy – in food, wine, style and spirit. Authentic Neapolitan style pizzas, Italo pop styling and a proper club sound system – that’s Happy Face. For London Design Festival, Happy Face is offering their slamming Negronis at just £5. Redeemable when you present your LDF magazine.

Spiritland

Spiritland

This music lover’s paradise is the beating musical heart of King’s Cross and an example of first-class design. Visit for small plate dining, incredible drinks and a sound system that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. For London Design Festival, Spiritland is offering Negronis for £5. Redeemable when you present your LDF magazine.

Maple & King's

Maple & King's

From 5-7pm for the duration of the festival, Maple & Kings is offering buy one, get one free cocktails.  Redeemable when you present your LDF magazine. Booking is required and T&Cs apply.

Notes

Notes

The coffee specialists are offering a London Design Festival special cocktail menu with 2-for-1 for all visitors that present the LDF guide. Try the Coffee Negroni, Vanilla Espresso Martini or a cognac-based and rather delicious Cold Fashioned, all crafted with Fair Drinks.

Little Creatures

Little Creatures

Present your LDF magazine and receive a free pint of Little Creatures beer when you purchase any burger.  Book a table here.

Tortilla

Tortilla

Tortilla is offering a free side with any main purchased when you present the LDF magazine at their Kings Cross store for the duration of the festival. See website for full T&Cs.

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