London Festival of Architecture arrives in Sutton!

19 Jun 2024

The exciting line-up of free events for the Sutton part of the prestigious London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has arrived! 

Sutton’s programme of events - between 17 June and 23 June - includes an exclusive film showing, food market, STEAM fair, panel talks, wellbeing sessions, tours and much more. 

The line-up this week includes:

  • Monday 17 June, 12pm to 2pm - Screening of award-winning short film ‘We Dance for Life’ - a powerful interpretation of the pioneering research into cancer treatment taking place at the London Cancer Hub in Belmont. Screening of the film will take place at the Throwley Yard development. Just drop in, no need to book.
  • Monday 17 June, 11am to 12pm - Tour of the Oru Sutton co-working, hospitality and wellness development - fully booked.
  • Tuesday 18 June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm - Panel event with the founders of Oru Sutton - book your free ticket.
  • Thursday 20 June, 6.30pm to 8.15pm - Panel talk with Really Local Group founder, Preston Benson - book your free ticket.
  • Friday 21 June, 10.30am to 12pm - Victorian tour of Sutton High Street - fully booked.
  • Friday 21 June, 11.15am to 12.15pm, Pilates at Oru Sutton - fully booked.
  • Friday 21 June, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Breathwork at Oru Sutton - fully booked.
  • Friday 21 June, 1.45pm to 2.45pm, Vinyasa Flow at Oru Sutton - fully booked.
  • Friday 21 June, 3pm to 4pm, Sound Bath at Oru Sutton - fully booked.
  • Saturday 22 June, 12pm to 7pm - Food market at Throwley Yard and Trinity Square with Sutton Business Improvement District (BID).
  • Saturday 22 June, 2pm to 4.30pm - Sutton Dance Group performances outside Marks and Spencer and the old Argos store on Sutton High Street.
  • Saturday 22 June, 11am to 7pm - Family-friendly science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) fair at Trinity Square Stage on the High Street - drop in anytime. 
  • Saturday 22 June, 3pm to 3.45pm - Music performance by Sound Lounge - book your free ticket.
  • Sunday 23 June, 10.30am to 12pm - Victorian tour of Sutton High Street - fully booked.

Last year, a staggering 1 million people got involved with the London Festival of Architecture across the capital and it is expected to be even bigger and better this year as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. 

Carolyn Dwyer, Strategic Director for Development, Growth and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said:  

“The London Festival of Architecture is celebrating places across the capital that are reimagining spaces - and with Sutton’s ambitious mission to revive buildings across the town centre as well as delivering a world-leading campus that will help the global fight in beating cancer, we’re the perfect fit. 

“We’re a vibrant borough with a growing population, an impressive mix of buildings and a thriving community.

“We're proud that our communities and local businesses are leading the events to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture in Sutton High Street. I’m sure that everyone will enjoy all the events on offer.” 

Benjamin O’Connor, Director of New London Architecture, said:

“The London Festival of Architecture Neighbourhoods programme encapsulates the community feeling that the festival brings to the local areas and will spotlight hyperlocal creativity and heritage, celebrating the distinctiveness of these neighbourhoods and the people who are shaping them.

"We are delighted to have Sutton High Street on board as a Neighbourhood for our 20th anniversary celebrations.”

Notes for editor

  • The festival, running from 1 June to 30 June, celebrates architectural excellence, community regeneration and innovative urban development.
  • The Sutton programme of events between 17 June and 23 June will be led by Sutton’s businesses and communities and will show how the High Street has been reimagined, making it one of London’s best places to live, work and visit.
  • This year’s theme of ‘Reimagine’ resonates with the Council’s ambition to continue creating striking, welcoming and unique spaces for existing communities and future generations. Sutton High Street has been named as a ‘LFA Neighbourhood’.
  • Sutton was chosen as a host borough after a series of successful regeneration projects led by the Council, in partnership with local businesses and partners including the Sound Lounge, Oru Space, the Really Local Group and Sutton College.
  • For more information about Sutton regeneration, visit the Council’s town centre website