Ever wanted to play chess here?
Where? I hear non-Londoners ask, not recognizing the shadow of Lord Nelson's Column reaching past the fountains, on toward the grassy banks of the National Gallery, proudly guarded by four imperial lions. Trafalgar Square of course, that's where.
Not especially, I hear London chess players answer. And if I did, couldn't I just take a pocket set?
But I should have told you more. I should have said, ever wanted to play here with a gigantic chess set, your pieces spanning the board from one fountain to the other; the board itself a mosaic made from glass, the ceramic pieces themselves towering two metres high? And all that the "centrepiece" of the London Design Festival and brainchild of Spanish designer, Jaime Hayón?
Well, guess what. Maybe you can. The chess games will be played from Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd September, and you can find the entry form on the London Design Festival Website. Good luck if you enter.
One word of warning, though. Look closely at this graphic from the website:
What colour square is that on the right hand side, do you suppose?