Let’s face it, gingerbread houses are as much a part of Christmas as the tree or Love Actually. However, you’ve probably found that your plans for a Grand Designs-style gingerbread mansion remain a sad pipe dream, with the odd failure that would break your average Bake Off contestant. Well, no more. A delicious gingerbread city will open in Belgravia on December 4, so it’s time to declare yourself the Mayor of Candytown. Yum!
Honestly, this is Pure Christmas Goals. The Gingerbread City is run by the Museum of Architecture, with over one hundred architects, engineers, and designers roped in for a spot of candy construction. Biscuits, cakes, icing, strawberry laces, and sweets will all be employed as building materials, and some sixty structures will rise to the candyflossed heavens. Having previously appeared at Somerset House, for 2021 the Gingerbread City has relocated across town, to 6-7 Motcomb Street in Belgravia.
It’s actually as function as it is delicious, for the tasty model doubles as a working blueprint for cities of the future, championing sustainability and innovation as architects show off their plans for innovate, green neighbourhoods. Truly, a noble mission to bake the world a better place, one which has us wishing we were architects right now. There’s even a working model railway running through the city, though I can’t but think I would never get the Underground if London’s streets were made of biscuits.
Hansel and Gretel would have a field day here, that’s for sure. Plus, if inspiration strikes, they run house-building workshops every day during the exhibit’s run, allowing you to bring your own candy wonderland to life under the watchful eye of their resident master builders. We’ll be along just as soon as we finish daydreaming about turning Secret London HQ into a giant gingerbread house…
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