Articles tagged London

Kellogg’s new publicity stunt has seen its ‘breakfast team’ take over London Underground.

The breakfast team have taken ‘fridges’ onto the tube, holding everything from milk and cereal to utensils such as cutlery and bowls.

However, to unsuspecting commuters the fridge looks like a normal suitcase - until of course, it’s opened mid-journey.

This campaign is targeted at the ‘busy workers’ who are skipping breakfast all together.

A Kellogg’s spokesperson said: “With almost 1 in 3 adults missing breakfast every day, we wanted to show that even for people with the busiest lifestyles, there’s always time for a bowl of Special K cereal.”

Watch the unsuspecting commuters below and tell us what you think.


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The Imperial War Museum has released rare colour photos of London during the Second World War.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, the museum has revealed unique footage covering London life, from famous landmarks to everyday scenes, in full colour.

The photos reveal how the Blitz, which took place between September 1940 and May 1941, affected the capital city, from the patriotic hoarding on Nelson's Column to the dramatic ruins around St Paul's Cathedral.

These amazing photos are part of a larger exhibition called 'Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits', which you can discover in Manchester's Imperial War Museum until April 2016.

Take a look at these rare photographs here and tell us if you'll be going to the exhibition.





A Turkish architecture studio has unveiled a unique public installation outside London's Royal Academy of Arts.

SO? Architecture and Ideas has created The Unexpected Hill, which will host performances and activities until Sunday 20th September.

A response to the Royal Academy’s 'transformation' theme, the installation consists of blue and white ceramic triangular prisms stacked and staggered to create a 3D public seating area for visitors.

The studio was inspired by ‘Muqarnas’, a design technique typically found in Islamic architecture, which co-founder Sevince Bayrak described as 'an example of using geometry to convert a 2D object into a 3D space'.

Discover the Unexpected Hill here and tell us if you'll be visiting.





Cancer Research UK has launched an innovative art trail, based on the DNA double helix.

The organisation has teamed up with SomeOne to install twenty one DNA-inspired sculptures around London, in order to raise awareness for the Francis Crick Institute.

The double helix sculptures has been customised by top artists, including Ai Weiwei and Orla Kiely.

The pieces range from the sleek and futuristic to the colourful and avant-garde, celebrating the complexity of DNA.

Along with Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, and James Watson, Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA in the 1950s.

These amazing installations will be placed around London for ten weeks; discover them here and tell us if you'll be looking out for them.





Coca-Cola has decided to measure the happiness of Londoners this summer as part of its ongoing 'Choose Happiness' campaign.

The brand has created ‘happiness meters’, using real-time social data and outdoor advertising, which will analyse any tweets using the hashtag #ChooseHappiness.

300 digital billboards in the capital will show the ever-changing results of the happiness meters, along with promotions for the events supporting the campaign, including phone-in competitions and deliveries of chilled Coca-Cola to London parks.

Find out more about the campaign, which is running throughout August and September, here and tell us if you'll be choosing happiness.





Have you always wanted to know in advance if a pub still has seats on a hot summer day? Well, Pimm’s has launched new billboard posters that will let you know.

The brand has installed innovative sensor-activated digital posters throughout London, which will activate when the temperature reaches 16 degrees Celsius and will update you with seating space information in your area.

Using beacon technology to sense when the participating pubs and beer gardens have space, the ads will also change their messaging depending on the weather data they receive.

Learn more about this innovative campaign here and let us know if you'll be paying attention to the Pimm's posters.





A map of London slang has been released, proving there's more to the capital's vocabulary than the 'apples and pears' of Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Cartographer Adam Dant and lexicographer Jonathon Green have created Argotopolis, a map that covers London slang according to different neighbourhoods.

From the melting pot colloquialisms of Notting Hill to the Yiddish of Hampstead, the map typifies each area with a residence or building (such as Selfridges or David Cameron's House).

A limited edition of 50 hand-tinted prints is available, while an online version lets you can brush up on your London lingo and discover the heroes of slang.

Take a look at this original map here and tell us what other (polite) London slang you know.





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.






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.





Today is sadly the final day of the Clerkenwell Design Week, but here are our last few must-see spots for anyone still exploring the festival:

Factorylux and Prelogram – 49 Old Street

The Look Mum No Hands Café is hosting two very innovative companies in its lovely garden: Factorylux and Prelogram, which are showcasing the production of lighting and metal typesetting in action (with just a few impressed ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience).

London Graphic Centre – 86 Goswell Road

London Graphic Centre has had a little façade makeover for the week and offers the opportunity to take part in creative origami workshops. We happily joined in attempting to make lovely origami pieces on Proto Paper cartridge paper.

Havwoods – 2 Clerkenwell Road

Havwoods is celebrating 40 years of heritage during Clerkenwell Design Week, deciding to treat us with a specially renovated bus transformed into a chic bar. You can enjoy a drink while listening to various talks that the company is hosting.

Tomorrow, we’ll be producing a final review of the week; in the meantime, keep an eye out for our CDW pictures @thinktanklondon.


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