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Friday Late at the London Transport Museum

Enjoy a relaxing drink at Friday Late at London Transport Museum on 17th February to celebrate the softer side of transport with an event focusing on why London is, and always has been, a trend-setter in urban street style. From the textile design process of using Tube seating fabric on the catwalk, and commuter fashion from the 18th century, until today.

The London Transport Museum will host a range of activities, such as talks about the many faces of London’s fashion DNA, craft workshops including making a bow or bow tie using fabrics that represent different areas of London, and drawing portraits on a vintage Routemaster bus.

© Willa Gebbie
© Willa Gebbie

Bars, music, a pub quiz, a look at the Museum’s latest iconic poster display, a visit to the Designology exhibition and Crossrail’s latest exhibition the design line, are all part of this fashion-themed evening.

Highlights will include the following talks, workshops, and portrait illustrations:

London Fashion: its unique place in the world – A talk by Trend Forecaster and Fashion Designer Geraldine Wharry, that takes visitors through why London is and has been a trend-setting leader. Through trend foresight, street style and fashion history, discover the many aspects of London’s fashion DNA.

Designing with Moquette – Fashion Designer Annalisa M Atkinson, will explore the design process for a fashion collection. From the initial design process through to the catwalk to the use of the sustainable fabric of the London Underground moquette range.

© Annalisa Atkinson
© Annalisa Atkinson

The Inconvenience of Dress – Jenna Rossi-Camus, Curator and Exhibition Designer, tells tales of public transport through fashion satires from the 18th century until today. Discover what it meant to travel in a dress with a diameter of 6ft, and how clothing has adapted to keep up with the times.

Designing stations for local communities – Join five architects working on the Crossrail project to uncover the design story behind the new Elizabeth Line stations and how each one is uniquely designed to reflect the community around it.

Moquette print pocket squares – Get inspired by London’s iconic moquette fabric and design a pattern to print onto a pocket square.

Urban bows and bow ties – Make a bow or bow tie to suit you, using fabrics that represent different areas of London. Where will it take you? To the floral suburbs of Richmond or the West End’s bright lights?

Moquette pins with London Craft Club – Choose from our eclectic collection of moquette fabric to create a unique pin for yourself.

Weaving Futures Retrospective – Enjoy a live display of the unique and wonderful woven textiles that have been created on a digital jacquard loom, as part of the Museum’s Weaving Futures season. Watch the loom in action and meet some of the resident designers and weavers. Get inspired, join a workshop, and have a go at creating your own textile designs.

© Lucas Shorvon for
© Lucas Shorvon for

Commuter Fashion Portraits – Have your portrait hand drawn on the hop-on, hop-off rear platform of a vintage Routemaster bus by Fashion Illustrator Willa Gebbie in her beautiful, ethereal style.

Other activities include a curator-led mini tour of Museum’s latest poster display entitled Reimagining Historic Posters, which explores how design concepts have inspired artists throughout London’s transport history. Crossrail architects will be on hand to answer questions about the Museum’s Crossrail exhibition, station design and the Crossrail project – Europe’s largest building project – and visitors can also battle it out in a pub quiz.

 © TfL
© TfL

After the Friday Late event, the show will go on: you can indulge in a free cocktail and top class service at the Be At One flagship bar – just a stone’s throw away from the Museum. Revellers can hand in their Friday Late ticket in at the door for a free Velvet Underground cocktail. Be at One’s address is: 24 – 26 Russell Street WC2B 5HF, and is open until 3am.
There will also be cocktails and a variety of drinks at the Friday Late.

Tickets can be purchased online at
Friday Late: 18:45 to 22:00 with last entry at 21:15.

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza