Is London the food capital of the world? Or is it Paris? Or maybe somewhere in the far east, Tokyo perhaps? No, the food capital of the world is, in fact, inside Somerset House. Because there’s an entire city made of actual food, gingerbread to be precise.
If you’ve ever spent an afternoon making Gingerbread houses, hours spent arduously trying to get the icing to stick that pitched roof together without collapsing the entire property, then spare a thought for the guys who came up with this; The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City. The annual exhibition brings together architects, designers and engineers to create an entire metropolis constructed entirely of gingerbread. The RSJ-free zone is meant to connect the public with architecture, and the best way to do that is appealing to our innate love of gingerbread.
The result is intricate designs, gingerbread houses, businesses and civic buildings, and in fact everything that the gingerbread men and women who will presumably populate this city will need. This year’s exhibit also plays on the theme of ‘transport’, with over 100 architects dreaming up magical ways for these little gingerbread guys to move around. We’re imagining the DLR adorned with Dolly Mixtures or the number 38 bus route sprinkled with Jolly Ranchers.
Now in its fourth year, the innovative exhibition will not only inspire any budding Bake Off Lutyens, but will also get you in the mood for Christmas. Partly through the overtly Christmassy feel to the whole endeavour, but also because of the sweet sweet whiff of gingerbread.
Visit the Gingerbread City at the Lancaster Rooms at Somerset House, The Strand,WC2R 1LA. Exhibition run from 7th December 2019 – 5th January 2020.