1. Experience some of London’s most cutting edge design during Clerkenwell Design Week, the UK’s leading independent design festival. The annual, three-day festival hosts an array of the world's most notable design, architectural and creative names, plus a comprehensive programme of workshops, presentations, product launches and debates. Clerkenwell is the UK's foremost design community, boasting over 60 showrooms and a wealth of creative businesses and architects.
Clerkenwell Design Week, Clerkenwell, EC1 (020-3225 5200, clerkenwelldesignweek.com, Farringdon tube).
2. Enjoy a pint and good music at The Betsey Trotwood (named after a character in Dickens’s novel, David Copperfield), a large, characterful Victorian pub with good beer and friendly staff. The Betsey’s main claim to fame, however, is its entertainment, usually staged in the cellar gig room, including indie bands, alternative country and folk, plus comedy, drama, readings and disco nights.
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3BL (020-7253 4285, thebetsey.com, Farringdon tube).