It’s time to shine and this time, London is calling. The annual Pentawards Gala Ceremony will take place in London this September for the first time since 2015. The prestigious event, where the world’s best and most innovative packaging designers convene, will coincide with a Pentawards conference at Olympia London, where Pentawards have programmed a two-day conference. Visitors to the UK’s largest packaging show will hear from a handpicked selection of packaging design and branding gurus, with never-before-seen case studies and ground-breaking approaches to packaging design.

The gala ceremony will be held at the sumptuous surrounding of 8 Northumberland Avenue in London and will bring together the global packaging design community to celebrate the winners of the most coveted prize in the industry.


Gala Ceremony

12 September 2019

This must-attend event is where the 2019 Pentawards winners will be revealed and where those in attendance will receive their highly coveted award. It will be an evening of celebration and inspiration like no other, as the worlds most esteemed and upcoming designers, brands and packaging professionals gather in one place. Going into its thirteenth year, the Gala Ceremony will follow on from last year’s event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This time it returns to London, on the banks of the River Thames, and you are invited.


8 Northumberland Avenue is located a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square, making it London’s most central venue. The venue is a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building and has a cutting-edge state of the art event technology. The Ballroom at 8 Northumberland Avenue is the jewel of the venue. The high ceilings, impressive chandeliers, grand columns, stained galls windows and ornate details will be a perfect backdrop for this year’s winners to receive their awards. The venue has played host to many world class events and businesses which include; London Fashion Week, Attitude Awards, Sky, M&S and Deloitte.

Buy Tickets

What’s included:
- Access to Pentawards gala ceremony
- Drinks reception (sparkling wine, mocktail and soft drinks)
- A lavish three-course meal and wine on the table
- 1 official Pentawards trophy per winning entry
- Access to after party (until 2 am)

Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. Historically, all tickets have sold out in the first 4 weeks of sale. Don’t miss this unforgettable celebration and join us for the 2019 Gala Ceremony.


Until 30 August

Last Chance

Until 11 September

Bring the whole team!

The perfect way to celebrate in style. Reserve a whole table with space for ten people.


Practical Info

Gala Ceremony

8 Northumberland Avenue

12 September 2019
18:00 - 02:00

8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London, WC2N 5BY

How to get there

London underground  Charing Cross: Trafalgar Square exit, Embankment: Embankment Place exit, Leicester Square: Exit 1
Mainline trains Charing Cross: Strand exit Waterloo: Waterloo Road heading North
Taxis & buses  The largest concentration of taxis in London Buses to all parts of London run every minute from Trafalgar Square
Riverboat  Embankment Pier from Victoria Embankment

Pentawards Conference:

The Power of Design

Olympia London,
11-12 September 2019

Free to attend

Packaging design is all around us, it engages our communities, splits opinions and plays a huge role in our lives.

The Pentawards brings together a hand-picked selection of winners, rocks stars from international brands and design agencies, who will explore this theme, reveal the creative insight and design thinking that has formed the basis of their work.

Ask yourself how powerful design really is? Come and join the discussion at the Pentawards Conference London.



Day 1 – September 11

Re-imagining Food at Harvey Nichols

For more than 20 years, Harvey Nichols monochrome, photographic food packaging was the last word in style. Youthful, exciting and completely different from anything that had gone before, when it launched in 1994, it became an immediate design icon and symbol of Cool Britannia, Ab Fab London in the early 90s.

23 years on and that icon had started to fade. As well as looking and feeling its age, it was increasingly difficult for Harvey Nichols to use effectively in-store. So in 2017, we were asked to bid it a fond farewell and entirely reimagine food for Harvey Nichols.

This presentation will explain the journey we went on with Harvey Nichols to get to the answer. Together we have created a powerful new design icon, that captures today’s zeitgeist, just like its predecessor did, and which, like the store itself, delights and appeals to a whole new generation of tastemakers and fashionistas.

Founder & Strategy Director
Smith &+Village
Design and the Power of Change: A Packaging Evolution

Design is a powerful force of change. It not only shapes consumer experience and brand perception but can influence organizational culture, as well. Learn how Microsoft’s Packaging Design team is evolving, designing against new values and how their recent work, including Xbox’s Adaptive Controller package, is influencing positive brand, business and consumer impact.

Creative Director of Design, Global Packaging & Content
Lunch Break
In conversation with Chloé Templeman and Zia Zarem-Slade

As a multiple international awards winner, Design Bridges’ Chloé Templeman and Fortnum & Masons’ Zia Zareem-Slade discuss how to nourish designer-client relationships to produce award-winning work time and time again.

Creative Director
Design Bridge
Customer Experience Director
Fortnum & Mason
Panel discussion - Luxury Packaging Design


Business Development Manager, Wine & Spirits
UPM Raflatac

Day 2 – September 12


Distinctive Brand Codes

A brand is more than just a logo stamped on a pack, a commercial mark as proof of quality, but rather a brand is made up all multiple elements that together hold deeper significance. In order to build distinctive brand experiences, it’s imperative that you understand the brand’s distinctive codes.

EMEA Head of Design
Mars Wrigley
The Power of Award Winning Packaging Design - The Kamikaze Project

A conversation between designer and brand owner.

Giuseppe and Ivan will talk about building the iconic ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto brand from scratch. This is a chance to get a 'peek behind the curtain’ of the process involved in designing powerful packaging and hear how the project grew from idea to reality. How the relationship and understanding between a brand owner and a designer is pivotal for the success of a new to market brand. They will discuss the trust in their relationship to deliver the best and how the final powerful pack design opened doors for the brand.

CEO & Managing Director
Stranger & Stranger
Pentawards Networking - Champagne reception

Places to stay

The Curtain

45 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 4PJ, United Kingdom

ME by Melia Hotel

336-337 The Strand London WC2R 1HA United Kingdom

Strand Palace Hotel

372 Strand, Westminster Borough, London, WC2R 0JJ, United Kingdom

The Henrietta Hotel

14 Henrietta Street, Westminster Borough, London, WC2E 8QH, United Kingdom