Tuesday 21 October 2008 11.59am
I don't know a good place to get it cleaned, but I do know which place you might want to avoid. The dress alteration/cleaning shop in London Bridge station, the same level as the bus stop.
From personal experience, I had to get my wedding dress altered a few months ago there, and the ladies working there were quite dishonest, and tried to make a quick buck. Quoting me one price, and not writing it down, and then when I went back to collect the dress, they added extra money (I also went in before collection date, because I was worried, and asked to get the price quote in writing as they had promised, and was fended off by the owner saying she'll write down everything clearly when i come to collect). The handy work wasn't good either, having missed quite a few spots I requested them to sew. The owner was really argumentative, and even said to me: "You people spend thousands on wedding dresses, what difference does a few hundred more make!" Their view is, if it's a wedding dress, of course, everything will be more expensive, (although the service isn't high quality).
So, I just wouldn't trust it, despite it being a Wedding Dress shop.
My personal opinion only. If you are desperate and this is the only one in the neighbourhood, make sure you have everything in writing, including the price, what kind of cleaning you want, and what would happen if it is not cleaned properly.... all in writing!
best of luck!
(I ended up leaving the dress with my mum to clean back in Canada).