You’ll be met at the airport and driven by private luxury car to our elegant hotel. It’s wonderfully situated, right by Kensington Gardens. A lovely breakfast is served every day before we head out to explore what the city and its environs have to offer us.
We’ll start off with an overview of London from The Eye, as we get to know one another and get excited about the week ahead. You’ll be my guests that evening at a charming pub around the corner from our hotel.
We’ll do a bit of fabric shopping, including a visit to Joel and Son, where we’ll be shown the private collection of haute couture fabrics. This is where Queen Elizabeth’s dressmakers get her fabrics, so as you might imagine, they’re quite spectacular - truly the best of the best.
We’ll also visit a top Saville Row tailor, and be allowed to observe their tailors at work in their workrooms; the workmanship is, as you’d expect, both exquisite and fascinating.
We’ll travel by British Rail - first-class - to Carlisle, in the north of England, for a visit to the renowned Linton Tweeds. We’ll be able to shop, of course, but the highlight will be a very special and private tour of the entire premises: the archives, the mill, the finishing area….all of it.
We’ll also spend a day just outside town, at Hampton Court Palace (former residence of Henry the Eighth), and now home of the Royal School of Needlework. We’ll attend a bespoke class - created just for us. This past year it was gold work; we’ll do something equally lovely.
Happily, our visit will coincide with the highly-anticipated Dior Exhibit at the V&A Museum. Even if you’re seen the marvelous recent Dior exhibit in Paris, this one will be both similar and different. There will be elements of the Paris exhibit, but there will also be a focus on the influence Dior had on British fashion, and vice versa; we’ll start our visit with a private lecture.
Back at the hotel, in the Library, we’ll spend an afternoon with the lovely Alison Smith, well-known to Craftsy students from her couture sewing classes; she’ll talk to us about corsets and we’ll learn how to apply flossing. Afternoon tea will be served.
We’ll also spend time with the delightful Jon Moore, former design director of Hardy Amies - their most famous client was Queen Elizabeth. He’ll tell of his experiences of working with her, then he’ll teach us how to make hand-worked buttonholes.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a very proper tea, so we will go to one of the city’s most elegant hotels for that. We’ll start with champagne, of course.
We’ll go one evening to The Royal Opera House to see the world-famous Royal Ballet (most likely, Romeo and Juliet).
We’ll also spend a day in the historic town of Bath - we’ll visit the renowned Fashion Museum (and have a close look at a number of the couture garments in their collection), and have a hands-on class at the charming store VV Rouleaux.
We’ll finish our visit with a private Gala Dinner.
We’ll do all of that and more. As you can see, it’s an amazing look at the arts and crafts that make London, and England, such a special destination.
I hope you’ll be able to join me for this extraordinary visit.
The 2019 London Tour
April 7 - 15, 2019 London, England
Included is private transport to and from Heathrow Airport; a private hotel room for 8 nights; breakfasts; all educational sessions and museum visits; a ticket to the ballet; all transport within London and for any trips outside London; all entry fees and lecture fees, and some meals, including our Champagne Tea and Gala Dinner.
The price of the 2019 London Trip is $9400. A deposit of $2400 will guarantee a space; the balance of $7000 is due February 1, 2019.