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

This exhibition CLOSED on Sun, 10th Oct 2021

This exhibition has finished.

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £15

You can visit anytime during the week without booking, the guided tours take place twice a day and need booking.


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.

Situated in a former Victorian school built in the 1870s and converted into studios in 1925, Hand & Lock has been producing breathtaking embroideries for international fashion designers, the tailors of Savile Row and European Royalty since 1767. Fusing ancient embroidery crafts with modern design, the esteemed Royal Warrant holders continue to champion hand embroidery whilst embracing the emergence of digital machine embroidery.

Visitors to their central London embroidery studio are free to walk around a modern-day working embroidery atelier and witness expert embroiderers working on live client commissions. In the large north-facing studio, embroiderers work at large embroidery frames and Victorian Singer sewing machines. Twice daily, skilled hand embroiderers are giving live demonstrations of popular embroidery techniques such as the fine art of tambour beading and the ancient specialism of goldwork.

Guests are free to talk to their expert staff about the long history of the company and the many famous projects they have worked on for celebrities and the Royal family. Visitors can also enjoy examples of ancient and modern embroidery. Rarely seen items from Hand & Lock’s 250-year-old archive are displayed alongside contemporary award-winning embroidered garments and works of art from the 2019 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery.

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Hand & Lock,

86 Margaret Street,

Map of Hand & Lock