London Festival of Architecture

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The London Festival of Architecture runs throughout June, with open studios, workshops, activities and events going on all month. You can browse the full programme by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page but we have highlighted the best family-friendly offerings below:

Cardboard City at the V&A

Parks, a town square or libraries…what makes a city a great community? Join the V&A team for a weekend of designing and building an ever-changing cardboard cityscape on the museum’s central hall with artist Rosemary Cronin

1 – 2 June 2019, 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00 (Free drop in all ages)

The Wooden Parliament - Museum of Architecture

The Wooden Parliament is a temporary wooden pavilion designed by Spanish architects Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda in Granary Square. 

The pavilion will be used as a platform for a series of events, including live musical performances, drop-in drawing workshops and children’s workshops all encouraging us to engage more with the city that we live in.

City Parklets 

Wander around the City of London and try to find all these miniature landscaped spaces. Architects, designers and artists transform kerbside areas into places to rest, relax and admire the City – bringing additional life and greenery. 


18–30 June. At Riverside Walk. The installation by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress blurs boundaries between 2D, 3D and 4D through mirror, bright, satin and matt aluminium panels that focus and alter viewers’ perception and experience of the river. His aim is to encourage greater public interaction with the River Thames. 

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Pop-up Performance at the V&A

Families will meet Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Jim, Henry Cole’s dog and they will promenade from Ceramic Staircase, past Sackler Courtyard, Main Entrance and into the Garden. The performers will be looking at the architecture of the building into relation to the history of the museum. 1, 8 and 15 June.

pop up performance v&a families

Tower Bridge’s 125th birthday weekend

Visitors will be invited to step back in time to 'meet the Victorians' that once walked the Walkways. To mark the 30 June anniversary, a special £1.25 entrance ticket will be available when purchased at the ticket office that weekend. Each visitor will also receive a one-off souvenir memento, and lucky visitors will get a surprise goody bag. 29–30 June. 

The Big Architecture Family Day at the RA 

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Drop in for a day of architecture-based family activities that explore the whole of the Royal Academy’s campus. Join the programme of workshops, drawing tours and the ever-popular Lego architecture challenge, to get a closer look at the architecture of the RA and to discover how architects and architecture affect the identity of a place. 23 June.