Far out! See the world's largest lava lamp at the Southbank Centre

By Sarah Jackson | 16 September 2013

It’s one of the most enduring symbols of the Swinging Sixties and has been a fixture in student bedrooms ever since. Now visitors to the Southbank Centre can see the world’s largest lava lamp.

Mathmos worlds largest lava lamp at the shop, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Visit the Mathmos worlds largest lava lamp at the shop, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre until 30th September as part of the London Design Festival www.mathmos.com Southbank Centre, Belvedare Rd, London, SE1 8XX.© Courtesy of mathmos.com
Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of British firm Mathmos’ most famous invention, the lava lamp will be on display in the shop at the Southbank Centre until the end of September.

Mathmos was founded in 1963 by the inventor of the lava lamp, Edward Craven Walker, who was inspired by the design of an egg timer he saw in a Dorset pub.

As well as inventing the psychedelic ornament, Walker also made underwater naturist films, flew helicopters, drove a fire engine and was a World War Two pilot, a talented accountant, entertainer of the cast of the 1960s musical Hair and owner of a naturist camp in Dorset.

The 200-litre lava lamp is also a part of the London Design Festival: check out our top picks.

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Mathmos worlds largest lava lamp at the shop, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Visit the Mathmos worlds largest lava lamp at the shop, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre until 30th September as part of the London Design Festival.© Courtesy of mathmos.com

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