We know that wrap fans are true lovers of textiles, so The Wrap Show is a great excuse to make a full fabric fantastic foray! Whether you’re on a trip for the grownups, or wrapping your baby, these are some wonderful places to visit for textile fans.
The Victoria & Albert Museum – One of the world’s premier museum of arts and design, in easy reach of central London on the District Line and right next door to the world-renowned Natural History Museum and Science Museum, which are also great for kids. Have a giant meringue in the fantastic café and and take in the over 2.3 million objects from 5000 years of human history.
83 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3XF
Adults £9.90 / Concession £7.70 / Students £6 / Children under 12 free
Head to London Bridge station, close to the foodie’s paradise Borough Market and the majestic Southwark Cathedral, then take a short 10-15 minute walk to the boutique Fashion and Textile Museum, located in the historic Bermondsey Street fashion district, close to the White Cube contemporary art gallery. With permanent exhibits relating to the design and production of fashion from the 1940s to today, from textiles to haute couture, to jewellery, this is a pretty special experience. Check out the current exhibits and dates here, including the 2017 Festival of Textiles. You can even take a virtual tour!
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
35 minute train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court
Pricing info here
The absolutely massive, sprawling Hampton Court Palace, located in southwest London, is well worth a solid day to visit. Take the train or even one of the river boats and spend a day in the palace, the hedge maze dating back hundreds of years, the sunken gardens, the expanses of landscaping and fountains. But of course, there are also the textiles, where Royal Palaces conservators have cared for these fabrics for over a hundred years. Recently there is also the Elizabeth skirt, recovered from a parish church in Hertfordshire, now exhibited at Hampton Court!