What is Letterheads 2018: London Calling?

It’s a Letterheads meet, a gathering of sign writers/painters and lettering professionals/enthusiasts for the purposes of sharing, learning and spending time together. While much of the meet will be ticketed, there will also be an exhibition, screening room and demonstrations to showcase the work of the Letterheads to the wider public. Learn more about the Letterheads and check out the timetable of events and activities.

When is it?

16-19 August 2018, with an opening party on the evening of 15 August.

Where is it?

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH [Map]

How much is it?

Entry to the public areas of the meet are free. These include an exhibition, screening room, demonstrations and short tours of the Letterheads-only rooms. Letterheads tickets are £245 (see bookings page). These are limited in number to 200 due to capacity restrictions in our venue.

Are there spouse/day passes available?

No. Due to the restrictions on capacity we are prioritising Letterheads paying for the full four days. You are welcome to bring spouses if they are also paying, or to come for less than the full time, but the entry fee is fixed.

What’s on offer for workshop leaders?

In short, the opportunity to inspire and nurture the next generation of sign painters and lettering professionals. We are not subsidising workshop leaders through free entry or contributions to accommodation. Everyone that books is asked if they would like to volunteer for any formal teaching, or to help in other ways, but this is entirely optional. Our ‘everyone pays’ approach ensures that the entry fee is kept as low as possible for all attendess, especially those at the earlier stages of their lettering life.

What should I bring with me?

As Mark Oatis says, ‘Bring something to show, trade or demonstrate… or at least, bring your kit and be prepared to get your hands “dirty”’.

We’ll have plenty of paint and things to paint on. Further equipment and materials will also be available to buy from the A.S.Handover shop on site if you forget anything. Please also consider bringing a panel or other piece of work based on the London Calling theme so that these can be displayed and entered into the charity auction on the last day.

What catering is provided?

We will provide three lunches (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and an evening meal on Saturday. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available throughout, and there will be a cash bar on site each day.

What hashtag should I use?

We encourage people to tag social media posts about the meet with #LondonLetterheads.

How do I get there?
  • Tube/Underground: Southwark (Jubilee Line); Blackfriars (Circle and District); and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines)
  • National Rail/Overland: Waterloo and Blackfriars

Blackfriars is a 5–10 minute walk, both Waterloo and Southwark are approx 10-15 minute walk. There are good bus links from both London Bridge and Waterloo areas. The RV1 and 381 bus runs from London Bridge to Waterloo and stops close to Oxo Tower Wharf.

We recommend the City Mapper mobile app for getting around London.

can I get a UK phone number?

The best option for a short-term mobile number is GiffGaff. You’ll need to order a sim in advance and get it set up. You should then choose a ‘goody bag‘ which will give you a month’s usage, including unlimited internet/data if you go for the £20 option.

Where can I park?

There is no parking on-site, however there are car parks within 5 minutes walk: Cornwall Road car park – underground and open 24 hours; and the street level Doon Street car park [entrance on Upper Ground opposite the National Theatre]. Both car parks are operated by Apcoa Parking UK. We recommend contacting them by phone on 020 7620 0357 to confirm opening and closing times.

Where can I stay?

Everyone that books is asked if they can host any visiting letterheads, or if they would like to stay with a local letterhead. We will then aim to facilitate matches between these two groups. Below are some budget hostel and hotel options in the area, and it is also worth checking airbnb (search London SE1 9PH). Advance booking is recommended as it is school/summer holiday season. Much more expensive and next door to the venue is the Mondrian, and a short walk away near the Tate Modern gallery is Hilton Bankside.

How do I join the Letterheads?

There is no formal membership structure – anyone with an interest in lettering and signs is already a Letterhead. A meet such as this one is an opportunity to connect with other likeminded individuals, learn a lot, and have plenty of fun doing so. Tickets are required to enter the main event, but there will also be plenty for members of the public to experience too.