London Lettering

This is a selection of ten places in London that we’d recommend visiting before, during and after the Letterheads event. They offer opportunities for inspiration, education, and to make your way to some less-visited parts of this famous city. In no particular order. This map details each of these, other points of interest, and useful places close to the main event.

1. Leake Street (FREE)

This tunnel of legal graffiti walls is extremely close to the meet, with constantly changing works, and the opportunity to see them being produced. Tripadvisor / Map, entry is via York Road (from West) or between Sino Thai and William Hill on Lower Marsh (from South).

2. God’s Own Junkyard (FREE)

An emporium of neon, signs, packaging and other lettering goodies, with a cafe inside. The opening hours are limited (Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm) so we’re suggesting that ticketholders head there on Friday evening, 17 August. Website / Map / Better Letters blog.

3. Victoria & Albert Museum (FREE)

A vast museum of art, decoration and design, featuring many pieces of interest in the permanent collection, including original Eric Gill carvings, replicas of the Trajan coloumn. The temporary exhibition Printing a New World: Commercial Graphics in the 1930s should also be of interest. Website / Map.

4. Ghostsigns Walks (FREE)

Two London walks, onc (Bankside) situated very close to the meet, available via the free mobile phone app. Download the app and walk data when you have wifi, and then experience the history of these fading signs through text or narrated stops plotted on the map within. App Details.

5. Public Lettering Walk (FREE)

Phil Baines at Central Saint Martins has made one of his student lettering walks available for free online, including a host of resources in addition to the notes accompanying each of the stops along the way. Walk Details.

6. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (£9 entry)

Presented as a ‘time tunnel’ this museum takes visitors through over 120 years of design, lettering and typography via the objects on display. There’s also a cafe and gift shop. Website / Map.

7. London Transport Museum (£17.50)

Excellent historical account of the city’s constantly evolving transport infrastructure, including their current exhibition, Poster Girls, celebrating the work of female graphic designers on the network’s iconic posters. Website / Map.

8. Design Museum (FREE / £12 Exhibitions)

The permanent collection is mainly focused on product design, but until 12th August they are showing Hope to Nope which will be of interest in terms of design, typography and lettering, and until 2nd September you can also see May ’68 and the Atelier Populaire. Website / Map.

9. St Bride Library (FREE)

Extensive library of books about printing, typography and graphic design. They will be open 12-8pm on Wednesday 15 August and we strongly advise contacting them ahead of any planned visit. Website / Map.

10. William Morris Gallery (FREE)

This museum celebrates the arts and crafts movement through an exploration of the life and work of one of leaders, William Morris. Open Wed-Sun only. Website / Map.