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Hand & Lock: Behind the Scenes of a 250-Year-Old Embroidery House

Open House, 8 - 12 May 10:00 – 16:30
Tour, 8 - 12 May 11:00, 14:00

Booking Details

Open House, booking not necessary, free
Tour, booking necessary, 10 places per tour, £15

Embroiderers to the British Royal Family, Savile Row and top European designers, Hand & Lock opens its doors for one week to offer an insight into Britain’s oldest embroidery house.

Over the course of five days, Hand & Lock gives the general public a rare chance to see its working atelier in action. The company has been trusted for over 250 years to make breathtaking ceremonial embroideries for the Royal Family, military accoutrements for the royal forces, monogramming for Savile Row tailors and exquisite fashion embroidery for top European designers.

Visitors to the central London studio can also view a small exhibition of the latest cutting-edge embroidery from around the world. Brought together especially for London Craft Week, the exhibition features award-winning sustainable embroidery, art and fashion. Access to the studio is free, with guided tours throughout the week at £15 per person. The tours include a history of the company and the discipline of embroidery, as well as a specialist talk from a Hand & Lock embroidery designer and a demonstration by one of their skilled embroiderers.

Hand & Lock’s work can also so be seen as part of London Craft Week events in collaboration with Apple and artist Yinka Ilori.