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Life on Foot: Fashion Heritage Walking Tour

Explore the fashion heritage of SE1 in this fascinating walking tour of London's oldest leather making district, which is organised to coincide with the exhibition Life on Foot and the display Rayne Shoes for Stars at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Booking information

Numbers are limited for this walk, please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked directly via the Fashion and Textile Museum. Includes exhibition entry at Fashion and Textile Museum and at Design Museum.

The leather and wool trades, as well as hat manufacture and glue production have historic associations in London SE1. Linked to the leather industry, shoe making as well as jam and biscuit factories flourished. Many of these traditional industries have disappeared, but Bermondsey Street is a designated conservation area and the area between the Fashion and Textile Museum and the Design Museum in Shad Thames retains much of its architectural character. A number of artists and creative industries are based here. The walk highlights local sites of interest, as well as insights into how and why the local industries have changed.

The walk lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. The ticket includes entry to both Rayne Shoes for Stars and Riviera Style at the Fashion and Textile Museum and Camper Shoes at the Design Museum.


  • 11.15am Meet at Fashion and Textile Museum to register for walk with 45 minutes to see RAYNE Shoes for Stars and Riviera Style exhibition
  • 12noon Walking tour departs Fashion and Textile Museum
  • 1pm Arrive Design Museum to see Camper exhibition

About Rayne: Shoes for the Stars

This exhibition explores a century of sensational British shoes made from extraordinary materials and worn by the world’s most glamorous women, including Vivien Leigh, Marlene Dietrich and Brigitte Bardot. Awarded three Royal Warrants, Rayne made the shoes of Queen Elizabeth II including her wedding shoes. Over 100 examples also reveal the talent of designers ranging from Norman Hartnell to Bruce Oldfield and Mary Quant, as well as Roger Vivier and current designer Laurence Dacade. Coincides with a major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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