Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX . K.T.H Tel no: +44 020 7937 5464
Access times for Exhibitors:
Thurs May 12th 19.30-21.30.
Fri May 13th 08.00-19.00 .
Sat May 14th 08.30-20.00
Opening times for visitors:
Fri May 13th 11.00-18.00. (LDF Cardholders can enter at 10.00).
Sat May 14th 10.00-17.00.
SETTING UP: You can start unloading from 8.00am on Friday May 13th. The doors will open to the public at 11.00 but LDF cardholders will be allowed in at 10.00 with one guest (up to 100 people). Organising many exhibitors to unload & set up in 2 hours is a real challenge, so we STRONGLY advise you to take advantage of the FREE unloading on Thursday evening between 19.30-21.30 if you can. Tables will be ready for you to unload & start setting up. If you have any issues with your table position it is VITAL that you contact a KDF staff member. You CANNOT move your table position without discussing with KDF staff first. They have been positioned very carefully to benefit exhibitors & visitors to the show. At this point there is usually little we can do, but we will try our best.
The marshals on site will direct you onto the loading bay, but at busy times, you may be asked to drive round the block, until a space is available. In the past, this has worked really well. Please help us by working out how long it will take to set up your stand. If you need less time, please don’t arrive at 8.00 when the larger stands will be unloading.
We will have porters available to help the unloading run smoothly on Thursday eve & Friday morning. If you are travelling to the show by yourself or have a large stand & would like help from one of our porters, you can book them on a half hour basis in advance (£10/30 mins tip suggested) Please let us know in the office if you wish to do this, otherwise you may have to wait until a porter becomes available for you.
Vehicle Passes are ESSENTIAL if you need access to the forecourt on during unloading & loading. Vehicle passes will be emailed to all who have requested them nearer the show.
COVID RULES: COVID RULES MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME. As things stand, we will not have any restrictions on the visitors & exhibitors entering the show.
PARKING: There is a car park underneath Kensington Town Hall. The usual price to park for 12- 24hrs is £30-£33. We can offer you a 24 hr pass for Fri & Sat & a Thurs evening pass (from 6pm) for a reduced price. We hope to have a SIMPLE system in place & we haven’t had confirmation of prices yet, but we imagine they will be as last year (Thurs eve £8, 24hr £15). Don’t worry, there will be plenty available & there is no need to book in advance. Payment will be directly to the car park (we hope!)
Large Vans (over 1.90m tall) please let me know so we can reserve spaces. Try to use vans under this height if possible. Two other car parks are nearby, NCP 19-27 Young St, (020 7421 8244), 4 min walk away & Europark, under the Royal Garden Hotel, (0870 907 9777). You can book these in advance, but they aren’t generally full. Both are priced similarly to the Town Hall car park.
BADGES: You will need to collect your badges when you arrive at the venue. All badges must be booked in advance & a maximum of 2 badges/table are allowed. This is partly because there is such limited space behind most tables, but if you need an extra helper for special circumstances, please call to discuss – extra badges cost £5. Badges must be worn at all times for security reasons. If you are not wearing your badge you can’t come in, even if we know your face. Please return badges at the end of the show. Please also make sure that your table name is clearly visible.
PRESS: Members of the Press will also be wearing lanyards with their details. We ask all photographers to check with exhibitors individually before taking photos of work, so if you are unsure you can say no. If they are not wearing a lanyard, it means they have not registered with us, but remember, websites, blogs, facebook etc are great publicity tool & a good way to spread news about miniatures.
FIRE SAFETY: Please only use flat bar socket adaptors & proper safety rated flat extension flex (we do have spares of these, so ask at Reception if you need to borrow one). No double plugs are allowed. Try & shield any halogen bulbs used, and use fire retardant fabrics. We advise you to have your stand well lit.
STALL SITTERS: If you are attending KDF by yourself, we can supply a stall sitter to give you a break. Please make us aware that you are on your own when you arrive, and we will arrange someone to help you. Please calculate tips at £5 per half hour.
INSURANCE: We only cover public liability, not any loss or damage of yours or inflicted by you on other stallholders or Town Hall premises or fittings. I advise you to think about getting insurance yourselves as well. We recommend Hiscox Insurance Tel: 0845 213 8440
REFRESHMENTS: We will have refreshment stations set up for exhibitors during set up as well as throughout the show as usual. No tea lady I’m afraid!
REFRESHMENTS: Tea & coffee will available Free of charge for exhibitors from the Ground Floor kitchen & in the Lower Foyer cloakroom throughout the show & during set up. We currently do not have the “Tea Lady” service during set up on Saturday morning. Please bring your own mug we do not supply disposable cups although mugs can be purchased for £2 from our Reception Desk – proceeds go to our Charity. The Miniature Kitchen Café on the 1st Floor will also be open from 9am on Friday & Saturday to serve breakfast to exhibitors.
PLEASE REMEMBER: The tea & coffee service is a FREE service that KDF offer for your benefit. In the past we have had problems with exhibitors being very rude to KDF staff regarding this service. We try to keep up with supply levels, but it is up to exhibitors who use this service to inform us when supplies are running low, or any other issues. We also ask that you keep this area clean & tidy for other users.