London Pre-Cruise Extravaganza

Start your Stitchers’ Escapes Cruise by exploring London!

A four-star hotel, classes at the Royal School of Needlework, a day trip to Downton Abbey, and all that London has to offer are yours!

We will first offer space in all of the activities to members of the cruise group. Only if space remains will we offer the activities to needleworkers who are not going on the 2018 Stitchersʼ Escapes Cruise.

All prices are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars. Because the exchange rate can and does fluctuate, we reserve the right to adjust the prices accordingly.

Group Hotel

We have a room block at the 4-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt hotel, located in the Kensington area of London at 68-86 Cromwell Road. To get our group rate, you will make your reservation thorough Stitchersʼ Escapes, not directly with the hotel.

These prices are per room, per night and include VAT and a full English breakfast. Wi-fi is complimentary. Each air-conditioned room has a plasma TV, in-room safe, en suite bath, iron, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Our group rate applies to reservations for the nights of August 20-25, 2018. We will check out on the morning of August 26 to head to the ship. We also have a room block for the nights of September 2-4, 2018 for those who wish to extend their holiday. You choose the nights you wish to book.

Our room block offers the following three choices. If you would like for us to inquire about an upgrade, please email Jean (

Single Room

One twin bed; single occupancy only

Twin Room

Two twin beds; double occupancy only
$257.50 ($128.75 per person)

Double Room

One double bed; single or double occupancy

Group shuttle from hotel to ship

On Sunday morning, August 26, we head for the ship with a stop at Stonehenge. 2018 prices for the Stonehenge tickets have not yet been published, so this is a guesstimate.
$55 per person

Daily Activities

Each activity is offered a-la-carte. Some activities will have a limit as to the number of participants which is usually dictated by the number of seats on the bus we have chartered or the number of tickets available to us.

We have the following Daily Activities planned:

Tuesday, 8/21

Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey)

This excursion will include admission to Highclere castle and gardens and to the Egyptian exhibit at the castle, as well as round-trip transportation; lunch will be on your own with options offered by the castle. Limited to 55 participants.

Wednesday, 8/22 and Thursday, 8/23

Royal School of Needlework Classes

The cost includes round-trip transportation to the school, which is located at Hampton Court Palace, tuition, and class kits fees. Lunch will be on your own at the Palace restaurants. You can choose the two-day class or create your own assortment of one and/or half-day classes for either or both days.

Most of the project photos have come in. The remaining class descriptions (marked with a *) are tentative and await final submission from Royal School of Needlework. We’ll have the remaining photos, and detailed class descriptions before registration begins.


10am-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday
Advanced Stumpwork – “Royal Stumpwork Brooch”
Tutor: Becky Quine

Royal Stumpwork Brooch



Advanced Silk Shading – “Silk Shaded Violet”
Full Day (10am-4pm)
Tutor: Kate Barlow

Silk Shaded Viola

Introduction to Silk Shading*
Half-day Class (10am-12:30pm)

Introduction to Whitework*
Half-day Class (1:30pm-4pm)



Introductory Goldwork – “Abstract Goldwork Flower”
Full Day Class (10am-4pm)
Tutor: Helen Stevens

Abstract Goldwork Flower

Introduction to Crewel – “Jacobean Crewelwork Design”
Half-day Class (10am-12:30pm)
Tutor: Kate Barlow

Jacobean Crewelwork

Introduction to Stumpwork – “Stumpwork Acorn”
Half-day Class (1:30pm-4pm)
Tutor: Helen Jones

Stumpwork Acorn


Friday, 8/24

Tea & Textiles

A guided tour visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by afternoon tea. Details and cost to be determined.

Saturday, 8/25

Your four group leaders will each plan a small-group outing. Depending on what they are, and if group rates are available, these may be pre-paid. There is so much to see and do in London, we are sure to find something to please everyone! And of course, you are free to explore on your own.

Sunday, 8/26

Hotel to Ship Shuttle

Coach transfer to our ship at the port city of Southhampton with a stop at Stonehenge. The price will include transportation and the Stonehenge admission. Since the 2018 ticket prices have not yet been published, this is our best estimate based on current prices.
$55 per person


At the moment, all meals will be “on your own,” other than the tea on Friday. Keep in mind that breakfast is included in the hotel package. We do plan to organize informal group dinners and we may find that they will be easier if they are pre-paid. If so, we will let you know. These are the sort of plans that will gently unfold.


You’ll be able to join us at any point during the week and you’ll be able to pick and choose which group activities to attend. FYI, we plan to utilize public transportation on Friday and Saturday and will share information about purchasing tickets.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

Email Jean:



Header Image: London Classic III by Thomas Fabian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0