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 lots of free stuff for the public including an exhibition, screening room and tours of the meet. 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 for ticket holders on the evening of 15 August.

Where is it?

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

How do I get there?
  • Tube/Underground: Southwark (Jubilee Line); Blackfriars (Circle and District); and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines)
  • National Rail/Thameslink: 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 and have also prepared this more general transport guide.

How much is it?

Entry to the public areas of the meet are completely free.

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”’.

Do Bring

  • Your brushes and kit, as though you were going on a job.
  • Piece(s) for the auction. Can be London Calling themed, but this isn’t a requirement.
  • Any work-in-progress that you’d like to continue with at the meet (we’ll have a mixture of aluminium and wooden panels in a variety of sizes for everyone).
  • Merchandise or anything else that you have produced for sale and to include in our ‘super sign kit’ that will be given away in a charity raffle.
  • Speakers to play your music (we won’t have anything outside the bar/cafe area).
  • Laptop with Illustrator installed if you plan to take Craig Winslow’s Mastering the Pen Tool workshop.
  • Water-based/acrylic paints if you prefer to use these, as we’ll only be supplying oil-based.

Don’t Bring

  • Enamel, or other flammable paints (we’ll be providing these).
  • Solvents and other flammable liquids.
  • Pets.

A.S.Handover will be running a shop on site if you do forget anything, or want to add to your existing kit.

What catering is provided?

For ticket holders we will provide lunch each day, 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 facilities are available nearby?

Here is a map showing useful shops and facilities nearby, and then wider points of lettering and signage interest across the city. Visit this page for some highlights. We have also prepared this document with more general advice on transport, pubs and food in London.

What hashtag should I use?

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

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. It is also possible to purchase sim cards at all airports and other points of arrival in the UK.

Where can I park?

There is no parking on-site, however there are car parks within 5 minutes walk (see map above): 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?

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. Read more about the movement here. Tickets are required to enter the main event, but is also plenty for members of the public to experience too.

Further Questions

Please contact us via info@londonletterheads.com or +44 20 7241 5877