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London’s architects swapped blueprints for baking trays last weekend for the Great Architectural Bake Off.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the GABO invites London’s biggest architecture and design firms to recreate iconic buildings out of cake, with judges looking out for realism, accuracy and – of course – the tastiest bake.

Most of the competitors opted to recreate UK- and London-based landmarks, with impressive entries including a marbled icing Stonehenge, a brownie-based Battersea Power Station and a white chocolate St. Paul's Cathedral.

While an honourable mention went to the Cathédrale de Brasilia made entirely out of sugar glass, it was Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners who emerged victorious with their highly-detailed gingerbread Arenas de Barcelona, a former bullring in the Spanish capital.

You can see more of the entries here – we can’t wait to see what decadent delights the teams come up with next year.


Giant sandcastles are appearing across the city of London.

The 2.5-metre tall sandcastles, created by architect Asif Khan and designers from vPPR and Nex Architecture, can be found all over the Royal Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea as part of the London Festival of Architecture and inTransit festival.

Inspired by the themes of the events, ‘island life’ and ‘memory’, the designers referenced the traditions of the ‘great British summer’, using a media that evoked memories of beach holidays to create the stunning artworks.

Khan created an elaborate sandcastle cross-section of Chand Baori, a 1200-year-old stepwell in Northern India, describing the building as ‘a great feat of early thermal engineering.

Other sand structures include a to-scale reconstruction of Aldo Rossi’s Lighthouse Theatre and a spiralling sand tower inspired by naturalist and avid collector Sir Hans Sloane.

You can see the sandcastles around London until June 25th, or find out more here.

The Think Tank has spent the afternoon at Clerkenwell Design Week, exploring the vibrant arts and culture of London, including pulling our sleeves up and getting creative by designing our own notebook and badge, topping this off by creating our own tasty ice cream.

Next up, the Live Art Show at Vicalvi where we saw ‘wall tattoo artists’ Alex and Marine carefully gild a white wall with a nature-inspired design that is still ongoing – a theme we continued by exploring some of Banksy’s finest works at edge design.

Art is also on show on Clerkenwell’s streets, including one of Hakwood’s stunning creations, Double Vision, which is a multidimensional wooden installation nestled in Clerkenwell Close, and the dramatic black Shinola structure outside St John’s.

Another highlight is Platform at the House of Detention, where designers, such as LEGO artist David Hughes, showcase their work in the ancient cells.

And our final tip for this week is Wagstaff’s walk through the ages, where you can discover some of the most world-changing inventions of the past 100 years and the office of the future – all wrapped around a Gatsby-inspired cocktail bar.

These are just our highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week – let us know yours.

Photo London returns this week, bringing together some of the best photography the city has to offer.

Described as 'an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital', Photo London is hosting a packed public programme of exhibitions, with Taryn Simon showcased as this year's Master of Photography.

The fair also has a ‘Discovery’ section, highlighting emerging galleries and budding photographers, along with a virtual reality artwork inspired by the history of photography.

You'll find Photo London at Somerset House from today (Thursday 18th May) until Sunday 21st May.

Find out more about the fair here; will you be attending?

Summer is almost here (despite the overcast weather) and there are some interesting experiential events coming up this month in London, from marketing pop-ups to design festivals. Here’s our pick of some of the best:

A Taste of Barbados (5-7 May)

Barbados Tourism Marketing is bringing ‘a taste of Barbados’ to central London this weekend, with tastings and masterclasses, Bajan music, and VR experiences.

Museums at Night (17-20 May)

This nocturnal spin on some of our favourite culture spots is back, including The Original Gothic Experience at Strawberry Hill and the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising talking Neuroscience.

Häagen-Dazs’ multisensory pop-up (19 May)

This one day pop-up in Soho taps into the Insta zeitgeist, with ‘interactive ice-cream rooms’, a photography contest, and even a ‘sprinkle mountain’.

Clerkenwell Design Week (23-25 May)

CDW is one of the most high-profile design festivals in London, with showrooms, experiences, and more open to the public. We’re looking forward to Icon House of Culture at Fabric Nightclub.

Movies on the River (15 June - 15 July)

And finally, a wildcard for later this summer. Time Out has teamed up with City Cruises to create a fun twist on pop-up cinema. Five nights a week for a month, some classic films and modern favourites will be shown on the boat as it sails down the River Thames.

This is just our selection – let us know which events you’re looking forward to this summer.