Important Information

New: 2019 Briefing Document now available

Timings: 

On-site check-in will start at 9:30pm on Friday 4 October 2019 at Duke of York Square. Please sign in when you first arrive; only those who have pre-registered will be allowed in the main sleeping area (although friends will be able to visit a dedicated social area). 

The event will finish at 6am, when we have to clear the square to make way for the Saturday Food Market. Do stay for the optional breakfast and group photo, which will take place just before we all disperse.  

Kit to bring: 

  • sleeping bag 
  • sleeping mat and/or cardboard (helps to have a bit of insulation between you and pavement)
  • your reusable cup and water bottle (filled). We won't be giving out plastic bottles this year, as part of our 'going green' initiative 
  • umbrella suggested if it looks like rain is a possibility. A waterproof "survival" or "bivvy" bag is helpful if it pours. But only use if needed; as most are made of non-breathable plastic, pools of condensation can form inside the bag, leaving you with the exact opposite effect you’re going for!
  • a pillow - no extra points for being miserable (although you could use your pack for a pillow if you want to go for the authentic experience)
  • a hat (you’ll be glad to have it)
  • an eye mask. Nearby lights mean that it never gets that dark. 
  • comfortable layers. Temperatures can drop in the middle of the night and you’ll want to be prepared. 
  • Some sleepers like to use ear plugs and an eye mask (no one ever realises how bright and noisy the streets are until you try to sleep through it).  
  • We’ll have access to porta-loos, thanks to our main sponsor Cadogan Estates. If you want to brush teeth/wash up before bedding down, that will be possible. All loos will be uni-sex. 

Food & drink: 

Tea, coffee, snacks (compliments of Pret) and vegan and non-vegan breakfast (compliments of Partridges) will be freely available, largely thanks to sponsorships. Friends and former guests traditionally help at the tea and coffee urns. 

No alcohol allowed; we ask that you please do not smoke where people are sleeping. 

Facilities, security & more

We’ll have the comfort of porta-loos and security provided by Cadogan Estate, who are the main sponsors of the event.

There will be lots of Glass Door staff available in high-vis jackets if you need anything on the night. Trained first-aiders will also be in place should anyone be in need of their assistance.  

A photo-booth will be available compliments of RAINDOG Films

We look forward to welcoming you on the night!  Be sure to register if you have not yet done so. 

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