PENSON’s Pick | Quirkiest Events at Clerkenwell

By Sarah Bean

blue and white pop up art installation between two brick walls

Clerkenwell Design Week has arrived again! Apart from getting very very excited here in the office (hey, it’s a designer thing) we have been avidly planning our three days in order to get to see what we want. It’s set to be the biggest and best Clerkenwell yet with the most events, experiences, installations and inspiring brands of previous years’.


Unlike its name, Clerkenwell only runs for three days from today, Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th, so there’s no time to waste.


Here, we list the quirkiest events that have popped up on our radar:

First of all, we love the idea that new start up Skipping Rocks Lab has created: Eco water bubbles called Ooho. You have to stop by and grab yourself a refreshing drink – all while helping the environment. These bubbles have edible packaging made from seaweed and plants in an effort to reduce plastic packaging.


Keep your eyes peeled daily for the free samples in the Garden of St. James church.

12:00-13:00pm (water only)
16:00-18:00pm (alcoholic alternative)

A piece of cake: alternative cakes at Clerkenwell. Yep, you heard us right. If you had a thing for the Royal Wedding cake at the weekend then this exhibit is for you. 3 designers dream up an alternative cake and the result is seriously funky, almost art, even. Catch them everyday at Foraspace – but be quick as Friday at 4pm they get cut, sold to the public and the proceeds go to Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

The art of globe making at HÅG. It runs across the three days and you get to witness renowned handmade globe makers Bellerby & Co at their work creating a giant globe all week long in HÅG’s showroom pop up studio at 63 Central Street EC1V 3AF.

You’ve been foiled! Try foiling papers at a foiling paper workshop (‘Tactility Speaks Paper‘) with FoilcoFedrigoni UK and Nirvana CPH at Imaginative Papers Studio Clerkenwell House, 67 Clerkenwell Road EC1R 5BL. Drop in anytime 10am – 6pm across all three days.

Future experiences: visual effects and digital tech with Territory Studio. They create unique digital branding and experiences. This exhibit will tell the story of Clerkenwell’s enduring creative spirit, from the past and into the future. 28-29 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DS. Everyday 10am – 5:30pm.

Origami at The Gallery Clerkenwell. Kurata Toshiko, an expert in origami, will hold a workshop to introduce us to the amazing and interesting world of origami. Make flowers, birds and butterflies. Limited availability. Reserve your space now at 21-22 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DY. Happening today (Tuesday 22nd) 14:30pm – 16:30pm.

Don’t forget to register for free here for Clerkenwell (it doesn’t take a second).

Will you be lining the cobbles of EC1 for #CDW2018? What is on your agenda? Let us know in the comments.