Talks and tours

London Design Biennale Guided Tours

From 07 Sep 2018
£29.50 includes entry into London Design Biennale
Duration 60 mins

Cost includes entry into London Design Biennale (normal price £19.50)

Somerset House

Get the most out of your visit to London Design Biennale with a guided tour. Tours are taken by expert guides who are passionate about design. Our tours are a unique way to experience the installations from over 40 countries and cities.

Our tours are a unique way to experience the highlights of the Biennale and are led by guides who are passionate about design. Please ensure that you arrive no less than 5 minutes before the start time of the tour at the Great Arch Hall, Embankment level. Tours last approximately one hour and will take in highlights of the Biennale across Somerset House. Should you wish to take in the Biennale in full we would recommend allowing additional time for your visit. This ticket includes the tour and access to London Design Biennale which you can visit at your leisure before or after the tour.

Alternatively, if you are a large group of over 10 people and are looking to come to the Biennale this September, please get in touch with us by emailing

Guide Profiles

A qualified Blue Badge Guide, Maurizio Patti regularly delivers talks and lectures as an Art Expert for both Tate Britain and Tate Modern and as a guide for the Design Museum. Maurizio holds qualifications in languages, visual arts, philosophy and theology and regularly organises tours and talks in museums and galleries across London.

Claudia Merkle is an art historian, journalist and artist. As well as writing for publications such as Architectural Digest, ELLE Decoration and Vogue, Claudia also delivers talks and tours for both Tate Britain and Tate Modern and the Design Museum. 

Frank Wasser is an artist and art and design historian from Dublin, Ireland based in London. Frank has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally and has been an invited guest lecturer and educator at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Design Museum, National College of Art and Design, Ireland, Art Basel, Frieze Art Fair and University of Reading.   

Ed Leeson is a London based Lecturer specialising in Modern & Contemporary Art. He is a staff lecturer for Tate and a guest lecturer on a number of courses at Sotheby's Institute of Art. He is also an independent curator. Recent exhibitions include Info Pura at The Residence Gallery, London (2016); New Noveta x Susu Laroche at Public Exhibitions, London (2016); Athena Papadopoulos & Jonatan Leandoer 127 at Tate Modern, London (2017).

Guided Tour Dates

Thu 13 Sep 2018 15.00 & 18.30
Fri 14 Sep 2018 15.00 & 18.30
Sat 15 Sep 2018 12.00 & 14.00
Sun 16 Sep 2018 12.00 & 14.00
Wed 19 Sep 2018 15.00
Thu 20 Sep 2018 15.00 & 18.30
Fri 21 Sep 2018 15.00 & 18.30
Sat 22 Sep 2018 13.00 & 14.00
Sun 23 Sep 2018 12.00 & 14.00

Please note that you will be asked to present a valid London Design Biennale ticket at the beginning of your tour. Tours are available only to visitors with a general admission ticket.