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.

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”’.

For ticket holders we’ll have plenty of paint and things to paint on, but please bring your own brushes, and other kit items that you can travel with. 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, or something else, so that these can be displayed and entered into the charity auction on the last day.

If you have one then also consider bringing a small set of speakers that you can plug your phone into for music close to where you’re working. We will have music in the bar area but not elsewhere in the large building.

What catering is provided?

For ticket holders we will provide three lunches 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