I was hoping to email you all for this update, unfortunately I didn’t expect the internet connection at my parents to be so bad this time. That’s because the house is being refurbished and we are having issues with the phone line. I hope everyone that is coming are getting organised. I’m very excited! One week prior the visit I shawl email you all with my phone number just in case. Please feel free to call me.
Date: April 20, 2013.
10:30 Met at V&A. I will be waiting for you at the museum grand entrance. (Inside the Building)
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10:50 V&A Tea rooms: We will move to the tea rooms for quick refreshments and to wait anyone that is running late. This will give us the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone a bit better.
11:30 Group Photo at the V&A garden. I asked professional photographer Digpal Singh to come and take a few shoots of our gorgeous handmade clothes. Dress fabulous (and warm if the weather continues to be terrible)
As soon as we get our photos done, we will head to Goldhawk Rd. There are more than 14 shops spread around with a variety of fabrics choices. They are generally tiny in size so we cannot fit all of us at once. Best way is set you free to form small groups to explore. Some of you that know the area well can offer to guide others if you want. Rosie from DIY Couture have a description of some of the shops.
2:30 Re Group at Costa Cafe (next to the station we arrived) From there, we will walk to the restaurant. Be on time! We will start walking to the restaurant for our booking 2:45pm
Jo and Janene done a fantastic job searching for a great place where we can eat and do our anticipated swap. A Lebanese restaurant called Cedar Village.
Janene scanned their menu and negotiated a set menu option for £20 a head. If you all in agreement, she will book our places on monday. We have a list of 30 plus guests so a set menu would really be the easiest way to get us all fed in a reasonable time.
They will serve us a varied menu with cold and hot dishes. We can suggest a slip of 70/30 (Meat/ vegetarian). In case we have more vegetarians we can re work the %. I can remember 5 from our list of guests. Janene was told the dishes are very generous and we can stay there as long as we like.
After lunch & swap, people are free to explore the shops a bit more or make their way home.
I will bring name labels but feel free to bring your own self stitched one if you have.
For those outside London, I recommend you purchase your train tickets as soon as possible to guarantee the best fare. If you get a travel card, you will have access to the tube for our next destination.
V&A by public transport
London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King’s Cross St Pancras.
The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.
Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.