08.02.19 – QTOL at Friday Late: London Stories At London Transport Museum

PRESS RELEASE – 23 January 2019

Friday Late: London Stories At London Transport Museum – Friday 8 February 2019

19:00 to 22:00 (last admission 21:15)


New exhibition opening and Friday Late combined

·         Workshop fun with a perfume salon, temporary tattoos and vinegar valentines

·         Talks on romance and early Victorian celebs, live poetry performances, a bar, DJ, and quiz with a top host

·         2 for £12 London Lovers pomegranate and gin cocktail

Party people can join London Transport Museum for the opening night of its new exhibition, The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019London Stories at a special love-themed Friday Late on 8 February in the heart of Covent Garden. Guests will be among the first to see one hundred new illustrations, each capturing a different story inspired by life in one of the world’s greatest cities – London.

With a London Lovers cocktail in hand, guests can enjoy a jam-packed evening of activities including talks on travel and romance, a perfume salon allowing visitors to discover the scents that were considered attractive in different eras, a tattoo parlour where they can get their lover’s name inked temporarily, and a Victorian craft workshop where they can print their own anti-Valentine’s card.

Visitors will be transported by poet Ella Frears’ Love on the Tracks performance in the Museum’s vintage “padded cell” Tube carriage, can hear a talk on the good, the bad and the ugly of London’s architecture and go on a guided tour of the new exhibition. There’s also a bar, DJ, and quiz with Amy Bee Sting, one of London’s best quiz masters.

Highlights of the evening:


·         Steamy Romance: step back in time to discover how trains transformed the romantic lives of everyday people. With Sophie Ratcliffe, author of The Lost Properties of Love

·         Stardom on the Strand: find out how the Gaiety Girls wowed late-Victorian London, redefined stardom with their daringly modern musical comedies and laid the groundwork for today’s celebrity culture.  With Rob Gallagher, editor at strandlines.london, a digital archive celebrating lives on the Strand, past and present

  • Architectural Marmite: explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of London’s architecture, and question why it divides us. Topics include brutalism and how high-rise buildings make you feel. With Oliver Green, a Research Fellow for London Transport Museum and a freelance historian, author and curator
  • What to expect on a Queer Tour of London: talk by Andrew Lumsden, QTOL guide and founder of Gay News in 1971
  • Queer Tours and Accessibility: talk by Josh Hepple, QTOL and Access4All guide, disability equality trainer, and activist

Workshops and performances

  • The Scent of Love: perfumer Sarah McCartney is holding a fragrant salon in the Museum’s 1930s lounge. Smell your way through a hundred years of perfume history and discover what scents were considered sexy, romantic, or attractive in different eras

·         Temporary Tattoo Parlourget your lover’s name inked, but without any of the regret! Let our resident face and body painter Jenny Hawkins adorn you with tattoo-inspired designs

  • Vinegar Valentines: print your own Vinegar Valentine, the Victorian way to fend off and insult unwanted suitors. Use an original printing press and learn about the history of Fleet Street’s printing industry with objects from St Bride Foundation’s collection
  • London LGBT+ Stories: visit a pop-up display of objects documenting London’s LGBT+ transport history; take a photo and record a mini oral history in the Museum’s photo booth for its collecting project; add your own love stories to a giant map of meeting places with London Transport Museum Documentary Curators Ellie Miles and Susanna Cordner. Meet OUTbound, TfL’s LGBT+ staff network group and learn about their work supporting LGBT+ transport workers in London today.  

·         Love on the Tracks: A short voyage of verse: With Valentine’s Day just a short hop away, join poet Ella Frears in the intimate surroundings of a vintage Tube carriage on an intoxicating voyage of verse themed around London and love

The Exhibition and Museum galleries

London Stories Highlights Tours in the Exterion Media Gallery: join a tour of the new exhibition The Poster Prize for IllustrationLondon stories and discover more about the artworks on display,with Brian Webb, panel judge for the Prize for Illustration and renowned designer and director of Webb & Webb Design, and Sabine Reimer, the Association of Illustrators’ Awards Manager, and a graphic designer herself. Or browse the exhibition in your own time and then enjoy London Transport Museum’s other galleries.

Bars and music

Try the Museum’s specially concocted seductive London Lovers gin and pomegranate cocktail which is on offer at the special price of 2 for £12 all night, then dance your heart out to a DJ set celebrating London and love. The Upper Deck café bar will also be serving drinks and hot and cold snacks. 

The London Stories Friday Late is from 19:00 to 22:00 and entry is £15/£12. Adults only. To book tickets in advance go to www.ltmuseum.co.uk/friday-lates

For further information visit www.ltmuseum.co.uk or call 020 7565 7298.

In addition to the Friday Late event, London Transport Museum is holding a series of talks to coincide with the new Poster Prize for IllustrationLondon stories exhibition. These three talks are:Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts, with Iain Sinclair, Thursday 21 February 2019, starts at 19:00, Bus Fare: Stories of the London BusThursday 21 March 2019, starts at 19:00,London Made Us: A memoir of a Shape-Shifting City with BBC broadcaster Robert Elms, Thursday 4 April 2019, starts at 19:00. All three talks take place in the Cubic Theatre at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB. Tickets cost £12/£10 and advance booking is available at www.ltmuseum.co.uk.


For media requests, interviews and images please contact
London Transport MuseumCandice Jones – PR and Marketing ManagerPhone 020 7565 7448Email candice.jones@ltmuseum.co.ukClaudia Pearson – Marketing ExecutivePhone 020 7126 1807 Email claudia.pearson@ltmuseum.co.uk Association of IllustratorsSabine Reimer – Awards ManagerPhone 020 7759 1012Email  sabine@theaoi.comFor further information, please see:www.ltmuseum.co.uk Follow us on Twitter and Facebook at:https://twitter.com/ltmuseum https://www.facebook.com/ltmuseum www.theaoi.com 

Editors notes:

About the Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 judging panel:

o    Derek Brazell, Projects Manager, Association of Illustrators

o    Roger Browning, Art Editor (Lifestyle), Country Living

o    Brian Grimwood, Managing Director, Central Illustration Agency

  • Miranda Leedham, Head of Customer Marketing and Behaviour Change, Transport for London
  • Steve Pill, Editor, Artists & Illustrators, BRITAIN and Discover Britain magazines
  • Rachael Stevens, Associate Editor, Creative Review
  • Michael Walton, Poster Art Commissioner, London Transport Museum
  • Brian Webb, Director, Webb and Webb Design
  • Sarah Thomson, Head of Art Production, Ogilvy & Mather (1 Unilever)
  • Jason Cotterrell, Group Chief Strategy Officer and UK Managing Director, Exterion Media

About London Transport Museum

·         London Transport Museum is situated in the heart of Covent Garden and filled with stunning exhibits; the Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum’s extraordinary collection are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.

·         London Transport Museum is an educational and heritage preservation charity. Its purpose is to conserve and explain the history of London’s transport, to offer people an understanding of the Capital’s past development and to engage them in the debate about its future. The Museum’s charity number is 1123122.

·         London Transport Museum is supported by public funding from Arts Council England

·         London Transport Museum opening hours:

  • Daily 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.15)

·       Public information:

  • Talks & events bookings: +44 (0)20 7565 7298 
  • Switchboard:  +44 (0)20 7379 6344 – general information
  • Address: Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
  • 24 hour information: +44 (0)20 7565 7299
  • www.ltmuseum.co.uk

About the Association of Illustrators

·         The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is the UK’s leading illustration body supporting and sustaining illustrators and the illustration industry. Established in 1973 the AOI offers members professional support, online resources and a growing programme of events. The AOI has successfully increased the standing of illustration as a profession and improved commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to educate future generations and support illustrators at every stage of their career. It publishes the biannual Varoom magazine and has run juried illustration Awards, such as the World Illustration Awards, for over 40 years.

·         The Association of Illustrators, telephone: 020 7759 1010, email: info@theaoi.comwww.theaoi.com