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November 2017

Christmas at Kew 2017

November 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Victoria Gate Kew Road
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JR United Kingdom
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As twilight falls, the magic begins Now in its fifth year, the 2017 winter trail transforms the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew into a magical night-time explosion of festive colours, as visitors embark on a mile-long trail illuminated by a spectacular display of over one million lights. The trail leads past two huge Christmas trees, a scented garden and all kinds of nature-inspired art installations. For the children, Santa’s Snowflake Grotto returns and there is a vintage carousel. Christmas gifts are on…

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December 2017

Events in December 2017

December 1 - December 31

Christmas at Kew Annual festival – 22nd November to 1st January 2018 http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/christmas-at-kew-2017 Great Pudding Race 2017 Annual event – 2nd December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/great-pudding-race-2017 Spitalfields Music Festival 2017 Annual festival – 2nd to 10th December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/spitalfields-music-festival-2017 Monthly Open Day at Croydon Airport Visit – 3rd December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/monthly-open-day-at-croydon-airport Stained Glass in the City of London Talk – 6th December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/stained-glass-in-the-city About Operating Theatres Talk – 6th December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/about-operating-theatres Merchants, Money and Megalomania Talk – 6th December http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/merchants-money-and-megalomania Carol Service at King’s College…

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Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£5

A tale of sensational Victorian fiction ‘Bloods’ and ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ are terms used to describe sensational penny fiction written principally for the working classes between 1830 and around 1910. The often gruesome stories concerned criminals, particularly highwaymen, pirates, ghosts, and sensational historical stories. They would have been produced in penny parts, issued weekly, with each part of four or eight pages featuring a lurid illustration. The ‘moral panic’ amongst certain sections of society brought about by these publications can be…

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Keats House by Candlelight

December 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead
London, NW3 2RR United Kingdom
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£15

Discover the house where romantic poet John Keats wrote his best-loved poems. This beautiful Georgian villa on the edge of Hampstead Heath is where Keats found inspiration, friendship and love. Now a museum and poetry centre, the house brings to life the memory and legacy of Keats through its stunning displays, tranquil gardens and a lively events programme. Join the knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see the house dressed for the festive season and…

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Stille Nacht

December 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield
London, EC1A 9DS United Kingdom
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Free

A service of lessons and carols with music from Germany At the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great Many aspects of the English Christmas in fact come to us from Germany. Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, introduced the Christmas Tree and Christmas Cards to the United Kingdom, and they spread from there to the United States. German Christmas music is almost completely different from UK Christmas music – but it is also very wonderful. This is a service…

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Women at War

December 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HT United Kingdom
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National Army Museum lecture Join Chelsea Pensioner John Carbis to explore the lives of three notable women who have resided at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Hannah Snell, Dr James ‘Miranda’ Stuart Barry and Christian Davies were three female out-pensioners during the 18th and 19th centuries. At the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT Portrait of Hannah Snell, who disguised herself as a man to join up as a soldier. Admission free of charge / booking recommended More information…

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The City in the Blitz

December 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Paul’s Underground Station, Cheapside
London, EC2V 6AA United Kingdom
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£10

A London Metropolitan Archives guided walk On 29 December 1940 the City of London was subjected to one of the most intense bombing raids of the Second World War. This walk retraces the sequence and focal points of the raids, and the personal stories and heroism of the people involved. Led by Chris Everett, City Highlights. Meet at St Paul's underground station, street level, exit to cathedral (Central Line). Booking details The London Metropolitan Archives are home to an extraordinary range…

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Gary Hoffman and David Selig at the Wigmore Hall

December 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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£15

Gary Hoffman – cello / David Selig – piano Programme Ludwig van Beethoven 12 Variations on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in F major Op. 66 Beethoven wrote his sprightly set of variations on Mozart’s hit tune ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from The Magic Flute during a visit to Berlin in 1796. Cello Sonata in C major Op. 102 No. 1 Cello Sonata in A major Op. 69 Gary Hoffman  is one of today’s finest cellists. Tickets £15 /…

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January 2018

London New Year’s Day Parade 2018

January 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9BR United Kingdom
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Free

The annual London New Year’s Day Parade starts at 12.00 noon on 1st January, near the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly, one of the capital’s most famous thoroughfares. From there, it winds its way to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, before reaching Parliament Street around 3.30pm. Every year, the event attracts a crowd of about half a million spectators. Ten thousand performers from around the world take part, including cheerleaders, dancers, acrobats and marching bands.…

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Twelfth Night Celebration 2018

January 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, SE1 9DT United Kingdom
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Free

The Twelfth Night traditionally marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. A free annual celebration takes place on Sunday 7th January 2018 on Bankside in Southwark, near Shakespeare’s Globe. Please note that this date has not been confirmed yet.     The festivities, which have their origins in ancient mid-winter customs, start with the arrival of the Holly Man, who is dressed in a fantastic coat of green foliage. Together with a group of actors, known as the…

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January 2018 Pub Night

January 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

We look forward to welcoming you at our first pub night of 2018 – as always, it will be a pleasure to see you. Please note that this event may not take place at our usual venue, the Liberty Bounds, depending on whether the pub will be closed for refurbishment or not. Please check on this website closer to the date, or look out for the January newsletter and reminder. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book.…

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Winter Lights 2018 at Canary Wharf

January 16, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Canary Wharf Estate London, E14 5AB United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The Winter Lights Festival returns to Canary Wharf For the third year running, the Winter Lights Festival brings spectacular experiences throughout Canary Wharf. The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Appealing to art lovers, families, young and the old, there is something for everyone, all for free. Please check the Winter Lights website nearer the time for full details about…

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The Guitar in the Age of Charles I

January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct The courts of James I and his son Charles I were more cosmopolitan than their Elizabethan forebears. Many courtiers had now visited the Continent in early adulthood with a tutor, mostly after a period of residence at a university. The guitar at the English court entered a new and very lively phase, as sketched in a scenery design by Inigo Jones and played in a masque…

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Ellen Nisbeth at LSO St Luke’s

January 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street
London, EC1V 9NG United Kingdom
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£12

Part of the ECHO Rising Stars series Ellen Nisbeth – viola Bengt Forsberg – piano Emerging violist Ellen Nisbeth performs a range of 20th century works, including a new composition by Katarina Leyman specially commissioned for the ECHO series. ECHO Rising Stars brings Europe’s finest young musicians to London, picked by the programmers of Europe’s top concert halls – Ellen Nisbeth has been nominated by Stockholms Konserthus. Programme Vaughan Williams – Romance for viola and piano Katarina Leyman – New work Saariaho…

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A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities

January 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Old Operating Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street
London, SE1 9RY United Kingdom
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£6.50

Medicine in the Age of Enlightenment and the Victorian Era Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas' Hospital, the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients' medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.…

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February 2018

An Englishman (with Guitar) Abroad

February 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct In 1643 an English landowner, Sir Ralph Verney, fled to France in the depths of the Civil War. He settled in Blois and, while there, amassed a vast archive that is still unpublished. The letters Verney kept, and his financial accounts, show that almost every member of his family learned the guitar. These records provide a wealth of information about the music they played, the guitars…

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150th Luxembourg Friends Pub Night

February 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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On 13th February 2018 we proudly celebrate our 150th pub night. We have been meeting every month since 2005. Please note that this event may not take place at our usual venue, the Liberty Bounds, depending on whether the pub will be closed for refurbishment or not. Please check on this website closer to the date, or look out for the February newsletter and reminder. Unusually, there will be a requirement to book, so that we know how many guests to…

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March 2018

St James’s Palace, Park and Square

March 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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St James’s and the Birth of the West End A Gresham College lecture by Professor Simon Thurley CBE Based on new research into the origins of St. James’s, Simon Thurley looks into the ingredients that went into making a court quarter there and the way it formed a blueprint for the new West End of London. This is the first of two lectures on ‘Buildings in the West End of London'. Professor Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular…

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The Guitar at the Restoration Court

March 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct When the most famous diarist in English, Samuel Pepys, accompanied Charles II back to London for the Restoration of the monarchy he was given the task of carrying the king’s guitar. From this moment on, the instrument had a the royal seal of approval and some of the best guitar playing in Europe was heard at Whitehall. Court ladies had themselves portrayed with a guitar on…

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April 2018

Covent Garden and the two Theatres Royal

April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The Birth of Modern Theatreland A Gresham College lecture by Professor Simon Thurley CBE London is home to two of the oldest working theatres in the world, both founded by Charles II’s patents. They shaped a whole quarter of London, and continue to do so to this day. In a second lecture on ‘Buildings in the West End of London’, Professor Thurley looks at the significance and impact of these great institutions on the development of London. Professor Thurley is a…

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May 2018

Karl Marx – 200 years on

May 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx (5 May 1818) and 150 years since Das Kapital was published in 1867, the lecture will explore the possible affinity between Marx’s work in human history and Darwin’s in natural history. Enthusiasm for Darwin was shared by successive generations of Communists, but Marx’s conception of a ‘natural human being’ was different. In the new political and intellectual climate, Marx viewed…

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Samuel Pepys the Guitarist

May 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct At first, Samuel Pepys could see no virtue in the guitar at all and regarded it as a toy or ‘bauble’. Yet he soon changed his mind as he became more interested in Italian music. He arranged for an English merchant in Italy to send him an instrument, and during some of the most troubled periods of his life began to learn it. As a result,…

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