Why Am I Ironing My Dress in a Cupboard? - September 3rd 2013

I am back at City Gateway’s conference this morning for a repeat of yesterday’s ‘Building Effective Teams’ session – I’m pleased to see the room is packed, 70 yesterday – quite a few more than that today.  Great response from everyone – I’ve really enjoyed being part of the conference and working with such passionate people.

This afternoon I’m being interviewed by Time Out for their Ministructures series and have to be photographed holding artist Lucy Sparrow’s model of the Gherkin. All very exciting. My dress is the problem, it’s my current favourite so wore it to the conference yesterday – can’t wear it again but have washed it and bring it in a bag (pressed but still slightly damp). Despite my efforts to hold it upright on the rush hour tube I get it out to discover it looks a crumpled rag. Help! I decide the solution is Jeeves one-hour cleaning/pressing service – arrive at Leadenhall Market and find they have closed – I’m horrified! How can they do this to me (well, alright I never did use it having a lovely family run drycleaners in SE3) but even so! Next I try M&S, maybe I can buy the dress again  (I wasn’t really planning to do the model trick of wearing it for the photo shoot and taking it back I promise) – but no chance, it was on the cover of their autumn mag and sold out in minutes. (Serves me right – I was planning to do the model trick). On my way to the Gherkin, despairing that I am going to be photographed in the non-suitable-for-photoshoot outfit I have on, I remembering I think I have seen the Searcys staff iron the tablecloths in the Private Dining Rooms. I’m right, I have – but they iron them on the tables, all of which are currently being used by people fine dining. I am saved by Searcys Club Concierge Yana who points out that there is probably just space in the coat cupboard to lay a tablecloth on the floor and iron my dress. There is (just). I do it. I wear it.

I later send Flo Wales-Bonner’s interview to Yana, she emails a congratulations back and then emails again ‘p.s nice dress.’


Ben Rowe's picture of me holding Lucy Sparrow's Mini Gherkin, part of her Ministructures series featured in Time Out. 

Ben Rowe's picture of me holding Lucy Sparrow's Mini Gherkin, part of her Ministructures series featured in Time Out.