As the countdown to Blog Tour London begins (just less than three weeks away!), we have officially been presented with our itinerary (it’s jam packed full of design events and showroom visits!). Thought I would share a preview of what’s to come and what’s on the agenda!
Day 1: Meeting the Team & Welcoming Dinner
We’ll kick off the start of Blog Tour London with a welcoming dinner and orientation, taking place at our hotel Citizen M Bankside. While, of course, I know Christian of Maison 21, and have met Lynn of Decor Arts Now on multiple occasions, I look forward to meeting the rest of the team: Igor Josif of Happy Interior Blog, Maryam of My Marrakesh, Nyla of Nyla Free Designs, James of James Bedell Lighting Design, Robin of Urban Gardens, Raina of A Stylist’s Life, Jennifer of Dec-A-Porter, Patti of Chatti Patti Talks Design!, Vitania of Verdigris Vie, Cheryl of In Detail Says, and Rashon of Mr. Goodwill Hunting. We’ll be convening in London from all parts of the globe: Canada, Germany, Morocco, and coast to coast from the US.
Day 2: 100% Design, Kings Road, & Brompton Design District
The next day, we’ll spend the morning touring 100% Design, taking place as part of the London Design Festival. After exploring 100% Design, we’ll have lunch at Amtico and then off to attend a High Tea at the Lapicida showroom – along with a meetup with London bloggers! Lastly, we’ll be winding down the day with a champagne reception at And So To Bed (no pun on the winding down part, but if jet lag is hitting me I know where I can take a nap!).
Day 3: London Brunch, Design Junction, and Long Night Walk
We’ll begin Day 3 with a brunch hosted by blog tour sponsor Mr. Steam then after head over to Design Junction, the largest destination for design & culture during London Design Festival. We’ll have the afternoon to explore before meeting up in the evening for a “Long Night Walk” (and by long, I mean a 10 and 20 mile walk – when I first read this I immediately wondered if 10 and 20 miles were the same in the UK as in the US). In all seriousness, it is actually in support for charity, and offers the chance to see many of the most iconic and landmark buildings in London – and what better way to do that then by foot! The fundraising event is for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Day 4: Modenus MyCity Tour, Tent London, and Super Brands
Day 4 begins with a tour of Brick Lane and Spitalfields market hosted by Katie Tregidden (of Confessions of a Design Geek). From there, we’ll head over to visit Tent London, one of the largest trade shows participating in the London Design Festival. Tent London features over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials, and accessories. Co-located with Tent London is Super Brands London, an interiors trade fair exclusively for established global design brands. We’ll be spending the rest of the day exploring these two fabulous events!
Day 5: Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and Decorex
The last day of Blog Tour London 2012 begins with a champagne brunch hosted by sponsors Samuel Heath and Victoria & Albert at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Our afternoon will be spent at Decorex, the interior design show for professionals, another event taking place during the London Design Festival. While at Decorex, we’ll attend a tea and talk with Christopher Guy followed by a TweetUp at Cecil Beaton’s booth. Culminating all the day’s events, we’ll end with a farewell dinner before departing the next day to return home.
Looking forward to experiencing the above five days on behalf of Modenus fully immersed in all that London has to offer in design!